Thomas injured, Celtics find new low in Game 2 loss to Cavs
Kyrie Irving had 23 points for the Cavaliers, who return home with a chance to finish off the Celtics in Cleveland.
Thomas missed all six of his field goal attempts and had two points in 17 minutes as Boston was blown out by Cleveland, 130-86.
But the Celtics clearly were stung by another lackluster performance in Friday’s Game 2.
Cleveland led by a record 41 points at the half, and by 46 after three quarters. He was seen laboring up the floor after making contact with the Cavaliers forward and the Boston medical staff decided he shouldn’t play in the second half. Bradley Beal and the Wizards took Boston to the seven-game limit in the semifinals, and then Beal went on Washington TV and said the Cavs tanked late in the season in order to avoid matching up with the Wizards and their quick guards in the second round. It was game over well before halftime, with the Cavs setting an National Basketball Association playoff record by holding a 72-31 lead.
Even if Thomas does play, the Celtics will need to play a almost flawless game to beat Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena, where it went an Eastern Conference-best 31-10 during the regular season.
The All-Star had just two points and six assists in the opening 24 minutes as Cleveland took a 72-31 lead. With the series swinging to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4, James is inching one step closer to that coveted fourth National Basketball Association championship. They’re not on ‘Space Jam.’ Like, they lace up their shoes just like us. They scored the most playoff points in franchise history. James said. “At the end of the day, my only job is try to be the MVP for this team every night”.
“As well as we played tonight, we’ve got a couple of things we can do better”.
“I don’t want to put that on any one guy”, he said.
Asked about being dinged up, Thomas said, “I’m hurting, but it’s the playoffs so there are no excuses”. Adding to the James disrespect inventory was Boston rookie Jaylen Brown telling Comcast SportsNet New England before Game 2 that the four-time MVP was “just another guy to me” and adding, “I have no fear whatsoever of LeBron”. Mere exhibition games don’t matter much to these guys.
Even though the Celtics ended the regular season with a better record, the Cavaliers still have the best player on the planet who is operating at a level unlike anything he has shown before. “I know what I bring to the table. Move” and he hit a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers. I’m a hardcore Cleveland fan, but this game was just upsetting to watch. Mid range and total shooting efforts were heavily favouring the Cavaliers as well, who shot 56%, whereas the Celtics only connected on 37% of their shots.