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LeBron James briefly leaves Game 2 with neck strain

LeBron James briefly leaves Game 2 with neck strain

Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for the Cavaliers, as they lost 107-94 to the Celtics, to fall into a 2-0 deficit in the Eastern Conference finals. It is very hard to beat the Cavaliers when James plays like the best player on earth (especially during a first quarter that made it look like he was going to go off) and Love plays like an All-Star.

Boston flurried just before the half, getting six points from Morris in the final minute to trim Cleveland's lead to 55-48 at the break.

Or LeBron James, who turned 33 in December and proceeded to suit up in all 82 regular season games for the first time in his 15-year career; he's now enduring perhaps his most statistically impressive and stunningly dominant playoff run to date.

Morris scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds while pestering James into a playoff-high seven turnovers - and a playoff-low 15 points - and the Celtics opened a 21-point, first-quarter lead to scorch Cleveland 108-83 in Game 1. It's nearly as if the period of time a player spends in his "prime" has been stretched like a rubber band. I don't think it's a secret at this point that the Cavs have totally failed with that trade and got on the wrong end of it. Will that happen again tonight?

With the Celtics clinging to a six point lead with 4:25 to play, Al Horford took over.

"I have zero level of concern at this stage", said James, who was 5 for 16 from the floor and missed all five 3-point attempts.

"I was able to learn a lot from some great players - Tim [Duncan], Tony [Parker], Manu [Ginobili] and Boris [Diaw]", Baynes said.

With the series shifting to OH on Saturday for Game 3, the Celtics road to an 18th championship banner is only going to get more hard.

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In the Western Conference Finals, the Houston Rockets host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday in game two. "We're just out here playing hard and having fun".

"It's like a switch goes off and he just goes out there and plays", Horford said of Rozier after the game. We see that. They're being physical.

James and Brown combined for 35 of the game's first 50 points as the Cavaliers jumped out to a 27-23 lead after one quarter.

The team also outscored Cleveland by 20 points in the second half.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, James now has three career playoff 40-point triple-doubles.

They aren't supposed to be here; many people picked them to lose to the Milwaukee Bucks in the opening round. Whatever it takes, every player, 1-15, whatever it takes, that's what we're doing. "We didn't play well".

"We're going to fight", Rozier said.