A loss on Friday would also leave the Celtics with the formidable proposition of having to win four out of five games to take the Eastern Conference Finals - a nearly impossible duty against the Cavaliers that since LeBron James returned to Cleveland in 2014-15 season has a 33-4 postseason record against the Eastern Conference teams.
The reigning National Basketball Association champions poured in 72 first-half points to lead Boston by 41 at the intermission, the biggest post-season halftime lead since the shot clock was introduced. I hope not."Cleveland's win in Game 1 was mostly just a two-man operation by the Cavs, as LeBron James and Kevin Love took turns piling up points against a Boston defense that didn't have an answer for either one-on-one". "It's one game, and we know this team is a very scrappy team". It was the fewest points he has scored in a game since going scoreless in two seconds playing for Sacramento on November 30, 2012.
"When we're blitzing and rotating and scrambling, he's the best we can have on the back line", Lue explained.
The Celtics' chances of having another home game this season just took a nose-dive. CelticsBlog asked Horford what Boston has to do in Game 3 to stay true to their identity while handling the Cavs physicality. We just want to play better.
The Cavaliers managed to keep Isaiah Thomas in check as he finished with just 17 points and 10 assists. Tyronn Lue kept the starters on the court for the vast entirety of the first three quarters, setting up the lead to a unforgiving 50 points in the third, and then eventually resting the Big 3 in the 4th after their phenomenal performance scoring 74 points between the three of them. "It allows us to get into a more aggressive mindset for the offensive end".
Game 2 was a demonstration of the Cavaliers' complete arsenal of weapons - all clicking together as a cohesive and fine-tuned machine. He played through the injury, however, tolerating his hip trouble along with lingering effects from dental surgery after absorbing an inadvertent elbow to the mouth from the Wizards' Otto Porter in Game 2 of the same conference semifinal series. I also told you we had another level. This is a 7-game series, but only if things head that way. "But today I thought he looked much different in the first half".
The uphill climb begins with figuring out a way to at least slow down Cavs superstar LeBron James. There's no complacency with us right now.
Boston was in a similar situation during Round 1 when it dropped its first two games to the Bulls at home. "But we like where we're headed and the direction we're headed right now". He drilled 4-6 three-pointers, several of which he launched off swaying pull-ups. The Cavs have simply been better across the board and I don't see the Celtics troubling them on the road, especially if Thomas isn't able to play.