The 130 points were a single-game franchise record in postseason play. They're way better. Specifically, LeBron James is way better than them. You can't back away from him because he's shooting the three-ball much better as of late, you can't get up on him because he'll either back you down or just go around you and you can't double him because he finds the open man better than just about anyone in the National Basketball Association and his teammates are just as hot as he is.
As he did in Game 1, James led the way for the Cavaliers in Game 2, as he scored a game-high 30 points with a 12-of-18 shooting performance.
Steven said Thomas pleaded with team doctors to let him back on the court despite the Celtics being down by 40 points in the third quarter.
Swept isn't a word the Celtics want to hear right now, but it's a sobering reality, particularly if Thomas is unable to go in Game 3. "I told you we had another level", James said.
But as we got deeper into the playoffs, his 5-foot-9 frame became a bigger issue. We haven't played to our potential I feel like the first two games.
Thomas didn't return to the game in the second half (right hip strain), but his absence in the final two quarters wasn't an excuse for the drubbing the Celtics received at TD Garden.
Not 44 points' worth. The Orlando Magic beat them by 47 points in the first round of the 1995 postseason.
Cavs Set Playoff Record With 41-Point Lead Against Celtics
"It's honestly just embarrassing", guard Avery Bradley said. So, we were able to get some stops and then get out and run, and you know, obviously, LeBron and Kyrie [Irving] putting a ton of pressure on the basket, and Kevin [Love]'s shooting the ball well, and we've got a lot of shooters.
Stevens said he wasn't certain who would start Game 3, but he expected Marcus Smart to take Thomas' point guard role, and he was leaning toward reinserting center Amir Johnson after going small with swingman Gerald Green in Game 2.
Boston Celtics Game 2 (live stream online and score here) of the Western Conference Finals resumes tonight with the Cavs leading the Eastern Conference series 1-0 in the 2017 NBA Playoffs.
The game tipped off about 15 minutes after the three finalists for NBA MVP were announced, and James wasn't among them. There was no life from the team in green on Friday night, they came out sluggish and uninterested and the Cavaliers took full advantage of it, ending the game after one quarter. It's the first time since 2008 that he won't finish in the top three.
"My only job is to try to be the MVP for this team every night", he said.
James has scored 30 points in eight straight games as he looks to visit the finals for the seventh-straight season, and he has never lost a play-off series when his team has been up 2-0.
That one was critical to clinching Cleveland's first championship since the Browns won the National Football League title in 1964. He has already gone past Jordan on many other lists, and another championship would bring him within two of Jordan's six.
Locked and loaded from the start, the Cavaliers were precise on both ends in the Game 2 bludgeoning on Friday. "For him to have to sit is really hard". It has been a spectacle to watch the best player in the world completely unravel an opponent - the number one seed in the Eastern Conference - and destroy their confidence to the point that they unofficially waved the white flag.
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