BOSTON – The Cleveland Cavaliers set a slate of records against the historic Boston Celtics franchise with their 130-86 Game 2 victory in the Eastern Conference finals Friday night. It is unclear when he sustained the injury.
The Celtics’ leading offensive threat, who was averaging 24.8 points and 6.7 assists in the playoffs entering the game, failed to hit a field goal as Boston fell behind the Cleveland Cavaliers 72-31 at halftime. “It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was”, said Lue, who was asking for a review for a potential flagrant. Beating a bad team by 51 is impressive but beating a good one like that?
There were a pair of athletes with happy-go-lucky reputations at the Cavaliers-Celtics playoff game Friday.
“It is embarrassing”, Celtics guard Avery Bradley said. He also had six assists, three rebounds and three blocked shots.
“I just feel like we are in a great place where we’re not looking for any excuses, not looking for anything to really motivate us other than for ourselves”, said Kyrie Irving, who had 23 points. That is the second-longest streak for any player in history against Boston. “As a man, as a basketball team, it will say a lot about us how we respond”.
Don’t get us wrong, the Celtics are going to be set up for the next four years, at least, so they will have plenty of opportunities to take a stab at the defending Eastern Conference champs; but it won’t be this year, and you’d be better off playing cards to then watching this massacre unfold.
“No one’s pointing fingers”, Horford said. It’s been tough for our group. “It’s definitely a low point for our group”.
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. James played just 33 minutes – a low for this postseason and just the second time he played fewer than 40 in the 2017 playoffs. Green made his first two shots – both 3-pointers – but finished with six points. There was a large contingent of New England Patriots sitting courtside, including tight end Rob Gronkowski, backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and owner Robert Kraft.