Cavs' LeBron James can not stop Celtics from taking 2-0 series lead

Cavs' LeBron James can not stop Celtics from taking 2-0 series lead

Cavs' LeBron James can not stop Celtics from taking 2-0 series lead

According to ESPN Stats and Info, James has been down 0-2 in the Eastern Conference three times, and in all of those series, James has won Games 3 and 4. "And I think that's what I think we're witnessing right now with these guys". I'm thinking about going outside, playing video games, playing with my friends. "You go out and when you lay everything on the line, at the end of the day, you can live with that. If we win, that's all that matters". His minutes may take a hit due to poor play. May. The Celtics didn't trail by as many points in this one (11) as they did against Philadelphia (22) but it was still impressive. What was lacking was any sort of support from those surrounding James. Boston is 1-4 on the road this postseason, and Cleveland is 5-1 at Quicken Loans Arena. In fact, Clay wouldn't be upset if Smith was suspended for Game 3. It did not matter what the Celtics did on defense, James was just hitting shots threw everything, and it looked like he would once again do everything to win a playoff game. "He's in the air". J.R. Smith was zero for seven from the floor and went scoreless while Jordan Clarkson didn't even play. With scores tied at 74 with just under four minutes remaining in the quarter, you felt the remaining time left could make or break the contest.

"That's not the first time JR has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us", he said. He stuck with J.R. Smith and George Hill for significant portions of Game 2 when he shouldn't have - the two shot a combined 1 for 11.

" 'You our last hope that we got for this family, ' and I took that hard in consideration", Smart said. "S--, we're doing what it takes".

James bounced back from his sub-par game-one performance in a big way.

Smith acknowledged the silliness of his foul on Horford.

As the referees reviewed the play, Boston fans chanted profanely at Smith, who smirked and later said the taunts didn't bother him. "It was a good, hard foul", Smith said. "I can understand why they gave me a flagrant".

Cleveland was terrible in Game 1, much like they were against in in the opening round of the playoffs. Boston were on top 84-77 entering the fourth quarter.

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The Celtics obviously weren't going to trade Brown and Tatum for Irving, but the Cavs never should have done the deal without one of them being sent to Cleveland.

Despite the late collapse, James insisted the Cavs did not lost their composure. "I think we can definitely learn from them".

"Kevin Love is helping LeBron out as best as he possibly can, considering the circumstances, but he's going up against a bunch of rough riders - particularly of the young variety", Smith said. Rookie Jayson Tatum, second-year forward Jaylen Brown and three-year veteran Terry Rozier have played like seasoned pros, overcoming the absence of All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.

To make matters worse, when it became clear that the Cavs were having second thoughts about a hip injury that wound up wiping out all but 32 games of Isaiah Thomas' 2017-18 season, they were only able to squeeze an extra 2020 second-round pick out of the Celtics.

Perhaps James was simply exhausted from carrying the Cavaliers all night like the trendy satchel he had slung across his body, but one could detect a hint of resignation in the King's voice as he discussed the aftermath of Game 2. Unfortunately for Cleveland, half of his points were in the first quarter.

But things unraveled as the game wore on.

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