Former Cavaliers player makes big statement about Cavs struggles Video

  • Former Cavaliers player makes big statement about Cavs struggles Video

Former Cavaliers player makes big statement about Cavs struggles Video

Not only did the Boston Celtics surge to a 2-0 series lead over the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals with a come-from-behind 107-94 victory in Game 2, but Cleveland didn't defy the odds at the National Basketball Association draft lottery. LeBron was joined by point guard Kyrie Irving, power forward Kevin Love, shooting guard J.R. Smith and center Tristan Thompson. Cleveland's shooting was better in Game 2 than it was in Game 1 as they hit 46.3 percent from the field, including a 10 of 31 showing from three point range.

Six Celtics reached double-figures in scoring while Aron Baynes added nine points.

Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 23 points for the Celtics, while Terry Rozier finished with 18 as six different Boston players posted double-digits points.

The Celtics improved to 8-2 since Smart returned from thumb surgery late in Boston's first-round triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks, and his combination of hustle, grit and toughness has moved Boston to two wins away from an improbable trip to the NBA Finals. But if the Irving and LeBron James duo appeared to be broken, there is a defense in there, a defense of the desire to sustain a version of these Cavs at all costs.What you are jealous of in Boston right now isn't that they have Irving.

He said: "We need tremendous focus. But if there is anybody I would put my money on, it would be this group", Brown said.

James was hitting a lot of hard shots, so the Celtics embraced that as much as possible, and waited for James to eventually come back to earth.

Celtics' victory on Tuesday night, May 15, also capped a still unbroken string of homecourt wins this postseason for Boston. In the end James finished with 42 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 39-minutes effort - the most of anyone in his team. He had just 15 points and missed all five of his three-point attempts in the 108-83 defeat in Game 1.

"I felt like I needed to go back to the locker room, and I did to kind of recalibrate", James said. They cannot say they did whatever they could to keep LeBron here this time. We'll see if Cavaliers fans have anything up their sleeves for Smart or any other Celtics.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of the team's approach to defending James: "We're just trying to make it as hard as possible".

"In a lot of ways, you feel comfortable going to every one of those guys with the game on the line", Stevens told reporters after the game.

"I blatantly pushed him". According to a report from The Athletic's Jason Lloyd, both LeBron and Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue wanted to trade for the Clippers big man.

It took just two games for the Boston Celtics to go from the clear underdogs to the prohibitive favorites in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Mixed feelings didn't exist last season when Cleveland and Boston met in the conference finals.

"Down the stretch we took some bad shots", Lue said. "They are gooning it up and we have got to do the same thing". They were outscored by 14 points during another forgettable third quarter that flipped a seven-point lead to a mirror deficit going into the fourth quarter.