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Thomas injured, Celtics find new low in Game 2 loss to Cavs

20 May 2017, 02:17 | Pamela Mathis

The superstar went 12-of-18 from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, on his way to scoring a game-high 30 points in 33 minutes of action. The Celtics missed their first six shots.

What a dominant performance, but what an embarrassing mark on the Celtics terrific 2016/2017 season. The Celtics crowd booed them at one point, and that crowd's pretty loyal. They failed to execute with any semblance of professionalism on offense, and when it became apparent that they weren't going to be able to get easy buckets, then they quit. James is 20-0 in playoff series when his team wins the first two games.

Losing the first quarter, especially by double-digits, is incredibly hard to recover from against a Cavs squad arguably playing its best basketball of the season.

The Wine and Gold took a two-touchdown lead after one quarter and things just got worse for Boston from there - much worse - as Cleveland took a 41-point lead into intermission (the largest halftime edge in NBA Playoff history) and barely looked back in the second half, handing one of the NBA's proudest franchises a 130-86 thumping at TD Garden.

Irving more than doubled his Game 1 total of 11 points with 23 by knocking down eight of his 11 attempts, including three three-pointers. "Now we put our focus to Game 3 and prepare for a home court game against a great team like the Celtics". Cleveland has led the entire way in both Games 1 and 2 on the road, letting the entire basketball world know who the real number one seed in the East is.

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The 2nd half was wholly uneventful, with IT having to sit the remainder of the game after the aforementioned injury to his hip.

"I believe we have another level as well". We still haven't done that. "We were poor. You've got to be able to pick up the slack, certainly, when other guys aren't available".

Isaiah Thomas left the floor with the rest of the Boston Celtics at halftime of the teams Game 2 loss, like the rest of his teammates disappointed and downtrodden. Conversely, the Cavs were 10 of 22 from 3 (45.5 percent) and 26 of 44 overall (59.1 percent).

But nothing silences a home playoff crowd more than a smothering defense. James said. "At the end of the day, my only job is try to be the MVP for this team every night".

Barring a shocking conference finals comeback by the Celtics or San Antonio Spurs, it looks like the Cavs and Golden State Warriors will meet for a record third straight NBA Finals. The Cavs seemed to take delight in devastating the Celtics. They jumped to a 30-19 first-quarter lead in their 117-104 victory over the Celtics in Game 1 on Wednesday night.



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