What followed was a slow motion vehicle wreck with LeBron and crew playing the role of unsexy yet incredibly efficient city bus totaling the tiny, two-seater electric Smart auto led by the plucky 5'9 point guard Isaiah Thomas. "People love new cars, they love the new vehicle smell and Bron has been doing it at a high level and he's been the MVP of every team he has been on for 14 years".
The Cavs eventually pushed the Game 2 lead to as much as 50 points.
The trio combined for 74 points in three quarters and Cleveland's bench held the lead in the fourth quarter, not allowing Boston to put any dent into the sizable gap. His status is uncertain for game 3. He is one of the more reliable shooters in the league off of pin-downs, staggered screens and curls, as evidenced by his average of 1.008 points per play off of screens in 2016-17.
If the Celtics have a great night shooting, particularly 3-pointers, they can compete with anybody.
Rookie Jaylen Brown scored 19 for Boston. But after those points, the only two Thomas would score, the Cavs ran off 12 straight and never looked back. The bone bruise forced the high scoring point guard to sit-out the next two games against the Nets and the 76ers.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens hinted after Boston's Game 6 win over the Wizards that Thomas was battling injuries. The Golden State Warriors leads the San Antonio Spurs 3-0 in the West, which could potentially set up a rematch of last year's National Basketball Association finals between the Cavaliers and the Warriors.
Thomas has been tortured all series, with the Cavs defense honing in on him to clog the Celtics' offensive flow. Golden State is off to a 10-0 start in the Western Conference, the Warriors two games from their third consecutive NBA Finals and a possible third consecutive meeting with the Cavaliers there.
Nearing a seventh straight trip to the Finals - a feat last accomplished by those Bill Russell-led Celtics teams in the 60s - James needs 73 points to surpass Jordan as the top scorer in playoff history.
Isaiah Thomas' remarkable season has come to a premature end. The game was entertaining to a point, but when LeBron and company kept banging home threes both contested and wide-open, I couldn't help but think, "Man". James said. "At the end of the day, my only job is try to be the MVP for this team every night". Marcus Smart started for Thomas in the second half of Friday's 130-86 loss to the Cavaliers.
Then, J.R. Smith added a buzzer-beating dagger to the most disrespectful half in memory. LeBron James has a new level of domination that he is showing. 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.
Irving accounted for three of those points, one on a technical free throw and two more on a driving layup.
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