"Any given night, it could be Kyrie, could be LeBron, could be Kevin, Korver, J.R. (Smith), Tristan (Thompson)", Lue said. "They're not the Monstars". "Like, they lace up their shoes just like us". The Celtics dropped the first two games against the Chicago Bulls in the first round (they came back to win).
Cleveland won by a franchise-record 44 points, but in all honesty, this game wasn't as close as the final score.
Thomas finished the first half having played 17 minutes, totaling an incredibly bad minus-32. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the star point guard had a nagging injury that he aggravated a week ago during the second-round series against Washington. These end game statistics do not match up with the performances we were given throughout the majority of the game; as the Cavaliers were able to utterly dominate the Celtics in the paint scoring heavily in there.
Trapping and blitzing a 5-9 playmaker is a hell of a lot easier than someone who is six or seven inches taller and has the wingspan of a power forward; a player like Fultz.
Thomas will have additional tests Saturday and will be re-evaluated before the team determines his status for Game 3.
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Asked about being dinged up, Thomas said, "I'm hurting, but it's the playoffs so there are no excuses".
The Boston Celtics are tasked with finding the answer in their Eastern Conference finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. I'm not sure I can say the same for the Cavs, who could come into this game overconfident and a bit complacent. 'Defending champs. They swept us off the floor'. That was followed by another on Stevens. I'm a hardcore Cleveland fan, but this game was just upsetting to watch. The trio went a combined 11 of 21 from three-point range. "We kind of go through the regular season progression of how good they are and then in March and April we've got to answer all the questions about what's wrong with Cleveland, and it's like, they're going to be fine, and now they're who they are". "I know what I bring to the table", he said. "They're not in my head".
Game 2 was a demonstration of the Cavaliers' complete arsenal of weapons - all clicking together as a cohesive and fine-tuned machine. The Cavs' drained 19-39 of those outside attempts in Game 2.
Boston tried to fight back, scrambling to close out on defense and trying to send help to contain James on drives. Cleveland doesn't even bat an eyelash at the Celtics' shooters.