Celtics follow euphoria of winning lottery with dud on court

Pierre Vaugeois
Mai 20, 2017

LeBron James offered a rather ominous comment after his Cleveland Cavaliers won the opener of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. He went over, around, and through the entire state of MA en route to a 38-point, 9-rebound, 7-assist night, and the matchups tell us it could happen again.

The Cavs came out blazing in the first half of Game 2, shooting 59.1 percent from the field while holding Boston to 26.8 percent. "I saw it in Kev this morning". "I knew I wouldn't feel that great after the game, and I don't feel that great right now. I mean, he came through for us".

Boston had their five-game home play-off winning streak snapped.

"He's playing at a high level". "And with LeBron playing the way he has as of late, we really haven't called Kyrie's number a lot".

In a do-or-die Game 7 against the Boston Celtics in their Eastern Conference semifinals series, the Wizards were outlasted by the C's 115-105 thanks in large part to a putrid performance from the Washington bench.

Coming off a 10-day break, James and Cavaliers raced to an early lead were never threatened.

"Amazing, but he's better than when I first got into the league", said Celtics fourth-year coach Brad Stevens of James.

Golden State's Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were second-team choices, joined by Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, Utah's Rudy Gobert and Boston's Isaiah Thomas. Boston was 2 for 16 and shot 35 percent overall in the first half. While it's no guarantee, they appear in good position for another. The hit us first.

"We're not just happy to be here", said Thomas.

Let's take a look at what we learned. He did have 10 assists and became the first Celtic since Rajon Rondo in 2012 with back-to-back playoff double-doubles.

The shoulder was working just fine Wednesday, and he scored in the paint and from the outside. They didn't give us a chance when we were down 2-0 to Chicago. "It wasn't just me". Cleveland's backups would be, to quote Shaquille O'Neal, barbecue chicken against Thomas, particularly if Boston could get the older, slower Deron Williams switched onto Thomas in pick-and-roll situations. Some jawing continued briefly before James stepped in to pull Thompson away. It included getting within 11 points with less than 2 minutes to play. This time, Smart fell to the floor during that exchange, drawing a foul on Thompson.

It didn't matter where LeBron shot from; inside, outside, from the free throw line, he torched the Celtics every time.

He backed down defenders to set up 15-foot fade away jumpers.

Harden made the first team for the third time. Then, in the third, when he shared the court the entire quarter with James and Irving, Love really went off, scoring 18 points (5-for-8 shooting).

The win was the Cavaliers' 12th in a row in the playoffs (one shy of matching the National Basketball Association record, set by the 1988-89 Los Angeles Lakers), dating back to last year's Finals, while the Celtics' five-game home playoff winning streak was stopped.

Celtics: Finished with 14 turnovers, and were outrebounded 32-27. "They're not on 'Space Jam, '" Thomas said.

He said the help must come often and faster. "Obviously he got comfortable with what we were doing on the defensive end, and he had his way".

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