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PLAYOFFS: CELTICS vs. Cavaliers (East Finals Game 2)

PLAYOFFS: CELTICS vs. Cavaliers (East Finals Game 2)

While many defensive stoppers do it with size or strength, Smart has managed to combine both, along with a dedication to game film, studying tendencies, and pouncing on his opponents for steals - generating extra possessions in unexpected, yet very effective ways.

As most hoops fans know, Lue, now 41 years of age and on his third season with the Cavs, once served as an assistant under Doc Rivers with the Celtics.

Baynes finished the contest with only two fouls and zero turnovers as the Celtics gave LeBron James and Cleveland no chance of getting back into the contest. Maybe, just maybe, the home crowd inside Quicken Loans Arena will be exactly what the Cavs need in order to help themselves out.

Then they were to take on Cleveland, another LeBron-led team that had just throttled top-seeded Toronto in four games.

42/10/12 - There were only a few positives aspects from this game, but LeBron James was definitely one of them. Other than that, No. 23 played very well, knocking down 16-of-29 from the field and 5-of-11 from three-point range.

Asked in the locker room by ESPN after the game if his head was OK, James nodded solemnly and said, "I'm OK".

Despite that, Thompson played small for his size in Game 2, accumulating only eight points and seven rebounds. But the big man sticks in his lane and plays to his strengths, something nearly every team in the National Basketball Association could use.

Kevin Love attempts a basket in front of Aron Baynes and Jaylen Brown during the first quarter. Credit Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Love attempts a basket in front of Aron Baynes and Jaylen Brown during the first quarter. Credit Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

"I think I'll be fine", he said.

Meanwhile, the last time James' team didn't win the East was in 2010, when the Cavs lost in the conference semifinals to the Celtics. On either end of the floor.George Hill and JR Smith have scored THREE points in a combined 53 minutes tonight... He has players like Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, and Jayson Tatum playing at a high level showing everyone that they are ready to win now.

21 - While Green struggled in his 28 minutes, Kyle Korver, who had a hot hand early and often, had just 21 minutes off the bench. "That's how much it means to me, because Red Auerbach means more than anybody else really in the history of this franchise". What's insane is most of his points in the first were threes (he had four in the quarter).

Add it all up and the Cavs' current series with the Celtics marks the seventh time in James' career his team has fallen down 0-2 in the playoffs.

Boston Celtics #2 (55-27) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32) #4 8:30 p.m., TD Garden, Boston, MA. "At this point we don't care if we win by half a point". Cleveland had 15 turnovers leading to 13 Boston points.

James briefly exited with 3:48 remaining in the second quarter after being hit in the face by an inadvertent shoulder from Tatum under the basket, but he returned with 1:57 to play in the half.

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