Cavs Humiliate Celtics by 44

Cavs Humiliate Celtics by 44

He did not play in the second half of Game 2.

BOSTON (AP) — An NBA playoff-record, 41-point halftime lead.

"He was pretty despondent not to be able to play", Boston coach Brad Stevens said Friday night. "And it's one of those things where being around him for the last couple of years, he wants to play through any and all circumstances". And if he is going to use this as fuel, that hasn't even started yet - he said he didn't know about it before the game.

Additionally, James pulled down four rebounds, handed out seven assists, stole four passes and blocked three shots over 33 minutes. "I saw it in Kev this morning".

"My only job is to try to be the MVP for this team every night, and put my teammates, put our franchise in position to be successful and ultimately compete for a championship", James said. "He's not afraid. That's what you like the most about young guys. So, it's for you guys to write about; it's not for me to be concerned about". "Defending champs, they swept us off the floor".

"Today I thought he looked much different in the first half", Stevens said.

And LeBron James says the Cleveland Cavaliers can still do better.

Kevin Love chipped in with 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Cavs secured a 10th straight post-season win, and there appears little to suggest the Celtics can find a way to stop them when the series shifts to Cleveland for Game Three on Sunday. "We motivate each other". 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.

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The Cavaliers took Game 1, 117-104, and it was evident that all the rest they received was not a problem. We played all the way through for 48 minutes... but it's one game.

"It's one game. I don't care if you win by 200 points", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. I hope not. I mean they're a good team, they play hard.

After having lost Games 1 and 2 at the TD Garden in blowout fashion, sitting Thomas for the remainder of this series might be the best and wisest course of action.

"We got our ass kicked".

But the Celtics clearly were stung by another lackluster performance in Friday's Game 2. What else do you do?

"Just another chip on his shoulder, which helps us", Smith said. Each game's worth one. For whatever flaws and inconsistencies they have had in this mostly rewarding season, the Celtics are generally a resilient lot.

"We got our ass kicked. We've just got to respond the right way".

The Cavaliers recorded their 13th consecutive playoff victory, tying the league record held by the Los Angeles Lakers (1988-89).