Celtics charge to 2-0 lead

Posted May 17, 2018

Boston are an insane 37-0 all-time when holding a 2-0 advantage in the playoffs.

When the Cavs traded Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, the centerpiece of their return was not Isaiah Thomas, but the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 pick (eighth following Tuesday's National Basketball Association draft lottery). Smith was assessed a flagrant-1 following a review by the officials. The Celtics won, 108-83.

"The first game I went to, he turned down a breakaway slam dunk to pass it back to Phil Forte ... to shoot a 3-pointer", said Williams, who displays 500 of his Marcus Smart rookie cards on his pool table back home.

After 39 minutes of action, he finished with a triple-double of 42 points, nearly half of all of the Cavaliers points on the night, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists.

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What must the Celtics do to take a 3-0 series edge on the Cavs? His shot went cold and the aggression that fueled the Cavaliers tempered.

Let's take a step back and try to count the number of good defensive players on the Cavs roster. The construction of that identity started in training camp, a time when head coach Tyronn Lue shifted Kevin Love to center and put hustling, energetic Tristan Thompson on the bench.

"We're just trying to preserve life", Smart said recently of how she's doing. Luckily, they're heading back home to Quicken Loans Arena where they'll host Games 3 as well as 4, and, hopefully, get in the win column.

Hill helped steady the ship in the Toronto series. So with that, it's apparently time to start playing the "what if" game. The Cavaliers are in the Eastern Conference finals, though that's largely due to the brilliance of LeBron James, who probably could have dragged the original roster this far too. Physical, strong, selfless, committed, just to name a few, but there may not be a better visual explanation than a play that occurred in the first thirty seconds of the second quarter.

The Cleveland Cavaliers aren't done but they're definitely in trouble. James had just 15 points and missed all five of his three-point attempts in a game one defeat. Jayson Tatum made his presence felt with nine points in eight minutes, but he also delivered an unintentional shot to James on one of his baseline drives. "And if you're not ready, then you can't play". "We gotta be tougher mentally and physically". We had a lot of good battles. "Most of the dudes that are going up against you are undersized and can not hang with you".

LeBron James did bounce back in Game 2 and played exceptionally well but it wasn't good enough to get the Cavs over the line as they ended up on the losing side with a 107-94 scoreline.

Smith is correct, and he is a reason the stats are lopsided in Boston's favor. Cleveland's starters were pulled with 1:48 left and the Cavs down 14. The Cavaliers sagged in the second half, where they were outscored 59-39 by the Celtics. Smith had three rebounds and one assist.