Cavs Humiliate Celtics In Game 2
The headline says it all.
There is just simply no other way to phrase what the Cleveland Cavaliers did to the Boston Celtics in their 130-86 win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Friday night.
Any rational person with a spec of knowledge, regarding NBA basketball, could have told you that the defending champion Cavaliers were going to run right through the C's on their way to another NBA Finals appearance.
Even the most cynical of Celtics haters, however, couldn't have predicted the embarrassment that was their follow up to a tough-to-watch Game 1 loss, Wednesday.
Boston got to as close as 12-10, midway through the first quarter, but from there it was all Cavs and only Cavs the rest of the way in the worst loss by a number one seed in playoff history.
At the half, Cleveland led by a whopping 41 points, 72-31.
Led by none other than Lebron James, who must have been upset that he was left off of the MVP award finalists list for the first time since 2008, Cleveland just flat out rolled from the start of the night.
James finished the night with his eighth straight 30+ point playoff performance as he totaled 30 points, seven assists, four rebounds, four steals, three blocks and a +46 plus/minus in a team-high 33 minutes played.
He wasn't the only Cavalier that dazzled in limited play, however. Kyrie Irving dropped 23 points on 8-11 shooting, including 3-6 from three, while Kevin Love had his second double-double in as many games, as he scored 21 points and snagged 12 rebounds.
On Boston's end, the blowout wasn't even the worst part of the night. No, that dubious honor might go to the fact that the team's best player, Isaiah Thomas left the game midway through with a hip injury that he never returned from.
As the series now shifts to Cleveland, there's really zero reason for anyone to think the C's have even the bleakest of chances in this series. For that matter, no one should think Boston can even win a game.
So far, all we have found out from this series is that the C's are much farther away from being a real championship competitor than even having the number one overall pick will bring them.
While that is, in some ways, worthwhile information, it's certainly not the kind Celtics Nation was hoping to pull from their first trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in the Brad Stevens era.