The 31-year-old Cavalier, who helped his team win its first title last season, put a humiliating exclamation point on the first half by hitting a circus shot at the buzzer, one that gave Cleveland the largest halftime lead in National Basketball Association playoff history. He has scored 53 points total in both games.
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, 7-3 ATS in hteir last 10 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 0-4 ATS in their last four Conference Finals games.
LeBron James, who was not nominated for league MVP when the list came out on Friday, scored 30 points with seven assists, four rebounds and four steals.
The Celtics will have a better idea of Thomas' status for Game 3 when he undergoes additional tests on Saturday.
"If you're a hard shower or a blitzing team, that's the way you rotate", Brad Stevens said. When we went back to the locker room, our training staff and doctors got with him.
We didn't do enough good things to even keep it close. Not for the first time in this series and probably not for the last, it looked like grown ups against little kids. That was followed by another on Stevens.But nothing worked as the Cavs reeled off a 34-11 run to end the first half.For the game Boston shot just 37 percent (32 of 86) from the field and 29 percent (8 of 27) from beyond the arc.
The Celtics still might not be able to hit open shots (it seems like they haven't hit one yet) but I think they ratchet up the defensive intensity without their star, and hold the game under the total of 215.
"I think the best part about it from all of our standpoints was how inspiring it's been to have a guy that's done all this and accomplished all this and is willing to literally go out and leave it all out there", Stevens said.
Well, when it's 40 at the end of the third quarter, you just hope that nobody fouls so you can get through the media timeouts because you just need to make sure that you get out as healthy as you can.
Thomas has been tortured all series, with the Cavs defense honing in on him to clog the Celtics' offensive flow. We can get better and that's a positive for our ball club.
According to the report, he questioned why one voter did not put him on their All-NBA first team. I'm a hardcore Cleveland fan, but this game was just upsetting to watch.
To anyone who watched Game 2, there was every reason to expect this series would continue to be boring an uncompetitive right until the Cavs secured their spot in the Finals. Coupled with how good they are and how well they've played, that's going to be a bad deal. The No. 1-seeded Celtics must win at least one of those games if they are going to play another home game this season.
"I believe we have another level as well".