Aron Baynes set for Celtics NBA recall

By Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent

Aron Baynes could be the key to the Boston Celtics getting back on track in their pursuit of the NBA title after suffering a 30-point drubbing against the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.

Speculation is mounting Celtics coach Brad Stevens will insert the Queensland forward-centre back into his starting line-up for Monday's (Tuesday 10.30am AEST) crucial game four.

James said his Cavs are ready to react to any adjustments Stevens makes.

The Celtics hold a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals, but the Cavs have the momentum after Saturday's 116-86 game-three rout in Cleveland.

"We have a game plan that is set out for game four and that is what we need to do," James, speaking to reporters at Monday's morning shootaround, said.

"No matter if they make adjustments or not, we have to try to execute that and if we do that we give ourselves a chance to win."

Stevens has sidestepped questions about a line-up change, other than to say he always contemplates changes.

The Celtics won the first two games of the series in Boston.

Cavs' coach Tyronn Lue shook up his starting line-up after the game-one loss by adding big man Tristan Thompson and it came to fruition in game three.

Thompson and forward Kevin Love all but snuffed out the Celtics' All-Star forward Al Horford.

Baynes, with his 208cm tall body and aggressive play, could assist Horford.

Baynes was the starting centre in the semi-final series win against the Philadelphia 76ers, but Stevens relegated him to the bench in favour of the smaller, more mobile forward Marcus Morris to guard James.

James outplayed Morris in game three.

"Personally, I think I did a s*** job defensively with LeBron," Morris said.

"He was too comfortable when I was guarding him."

Stevens is confident the Celtics will bounce back.

"This is a resilient group," the coach said.

"We were hurting Saturday night.

"We were hurting yesterday morning.

"There is nothing more therapeutic than watching a bad film session and then coming to the gym and getting it out of your system.

"The bottom line is not how we feel, but how we play and we have to be ready to go tonight."