The Boston Celtics are now 2-0 up on LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers. But Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue isn’t too happy about how that’s come about. In fact, he says that the Celtics are “gooning” up the game. Per Boston.com’s Hayden Bird:
“We have to be tougher. I think they’re playing tougher than we are. We’re seeing that. They’re being physical. They’re gooning the game up, and we have to do the same thing. We have to be tougher mentally and physically.”
Lue isn’t wrong, of course. Even a LeBron 42-point triple double wouldn’t make Game 2 close by the end. That said, what do Celtics like Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris have to say about that characterization? Well, actually, they agree.
“I don’t even know what to say to that. … I agree, I guess,” says Brown. But Morris takes it a step further.
“Gooning? That’s a good word. S—, we’re doing what it takes. Whatever it takes, every player, 1 to 15, whatever it takes, that’s what we’re doing. You call it what you want to call it. We’re just trying to get the win.”
Of course, ‘Whatever it takes’ just happens to be Cleveland’s slogan for the postseason. But they are falling well short in that regard. Even Al Horford chimes in:
“I mean, we just play hard. We go out there, we compete. It’s Celtics basketball. We’re really embracing Celtics basketball. We’re playing hard. We’ve got each other’s backs, and that’s it.”
In short, they are sportsing harder than the Cavs are right now. In the meantime, LeBron and his teammates are running out of time. Now, they have to time to rest, recover and rethink some things. But will any of that matter? Game 3 comes at us Saturday night from Cleveland.