Cavs set National Basketball Association record with 41-point halftime lead
– Celtics starters scored just 46 points, although Isaiah Thomas didn’t play in the second half because of a right hip strain that reportedly is considered significant. “I mean, that guy is a tough guy, and he plays through a lot”. “As well as we played tonight, we’ve got a couple of things we can do better”. “We missed some good looks that just didn’t go down for us”.
“It is embarrassing”, Celtics guard Avery Bradley said.
“It’s hard to take”, Al Horford said. Cleveland’s largest lead of Game 2 was 50 points early in the fourth quarter.
We’ll get to that adjustment in a second – as well the Cavaliers’ response.
“I don’t want to put that on any one guy”, he said.
The Cavs won their 13th consecutive playoff game dating to last season, tying the Los Angeles Lakers from 1988 and 1989 for the all-time record. The four-time MVP LeBron James did pretty much whatever he wanted to over the Celtics in the Cavs’ dominating victory in series opener of the Eastern Conference finals.
Lue chuckled when he found out after the game that James was not a finalist. Rookie Jaylen Brown scored a career playoff-high 19 points for Boston. He finished with two points in 18 minutes.
“You’ve got to give the award to different people every now and then”, Lue said.
In the process of downshifting in the regular season, LeBron also cost himself the MVP award. “Our team is in a great groove right now”, James said. This league knows what I bring to the table. San Antonio looked ready to threaten Golden State midway through Game 1, but Leonard’s controversial injury has swung this series firmly back into the Warriors’ hands. The Cavs are now 10-0 in the playoffs against the field, with a realistic chance of running the table, which would say more about the competition than it does about them.
Celtics All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas made about as little an impact as an All-Star can make in a game.
This one more like rubbing the Celtics’ noses in the fact that they just couldn’t stop him. A four-game losing streak and a pair of three-game losing streaks by the Cavs in the final month conceded the best-record to Boston, and LeBron rested four times down the stretch. James played just 33 minutes a low for this postseason and just the second time he played fewer than 40 in the 2017 playoffs. He was scoreless, missing all six shots in the first half, but he did assist on six of his team’s 11 baskets in the half.
Heading into the game, James was averaging 34.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game in these playoffs.
Gerald Green said he was surprised when he realized Thomas wasn’t on the court at the start of the second half.