Celtics Get Morally Eliminated from the Playoffs in Game 2
So LeBron James is now second all time on the playoffs all-time steal’s list.
Hm, what else happened on a rather quiet Friday night in the NBA? Oh yeah, the Cleveland Cavaliers absolutely annihilated the Celtics in front of a sold out TD Gardens crowd in Boston. Annihilated, destroyed, steam rolled, crushed, are all words that can describe one of the most lopsided games in NBA playoff history.
Down 14-points after one, J.R. Smith was already caught sweeping ‘The Garden’s’ wooden floors with his imaginary broom midway through the second quarter en route to a 72-31 halftime lead – a lead so big that it just happened to be the largest halftime lead in NBA playoff history. The Cavs would eventually take Game 2 by a score of 130-86.
That’s a 44-point victory for those who are uninterested in doing the math!
“Tonight was just real rough, there’s just no way to put it,” Celtics big man Al Horford said. “It’s definitely a low point for our group, but like I’ve said, the only thing that encourages me is that our guys, we’re all staying together, and we’re gonna fight through it. We have that mindset.”
By the numbers, the Cavaliers outshot the Celtics, outrebounded the Celtics, outplayed the Celtics, outmuscled the celtics, out-hustled the Celtics – the Cavs have mentally eliminated the Celtics after two games on the road.
“It’s one game. I don’t care if you win by 200 points,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. “We’re going back home, we’re not going to get comfortable. We understand that this is a good team. They’re not No. 1 in the East for no reason.”
We hear you, Coach Lue!
Now, back to reality.
The series is over, why even play? While the Cavaliers are now heading home looking to close out the series to provide their stars some more rest, the Celtics are merely fighting to protect their dignity.
It probably wasn’t the best idea for Celtics’ rookie Jaylen Brown to publicly say he wasn’t afraid of LeBron, or for the league to snub James in the Most Valuable Player finalists unveiling.
When a one-seeded team loses by nearly 50-points on their home floor in the playoffs, I guess this is the best way for me as a sports writer to recap this ultra-competitive Game 2 contest.
Social media, take the wheel!
130-86. LeBron & Cavs hosed the Celtics. pic.twitter.com/VIsvuUuwyl
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 20, 2017
Let's see how Cavs/Celtics is going… pic.twitter.com/yZktnaa7mQ
— Andrew Claudio (@Claudio_GSN) May 20, 2017
June 1 is the NBA Finals. We’re almost there guys!