The best reactions to the Cavaliers' Game 2 dismantling of the Celtics

The best reactions to the Cavaliers' Game 2 dismantling of the Celtics

Kevin Love had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which led by 14 points after one quarter, by 72-31 at the half and by 46 after three.

The Cavaliers jumped out to a 32-18 lead after the first quarter, but things were just getting started.

Swept isn't a word the Celtics want to hear right now, but it's a sobering reality, particularly if Thomas is unable to go in Game 3. It would be the third straight sweep this post-season for the defending National Basketball Association champions, who also won the last three games of last year's finals. I'm excited about Game 3. "When we went back to the locker room, our training staff and doctors got with him". Bradley said. "We'll find out what kind of a team we are, seeing how we respond". Due to their youth and the unexpected success of this season, expectations will be high next season for them to return to the Conference finals or at least be among the top three or four teams in the East.

"Everybody in the world knows they're good", said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

"He was pretty despondent not to be able to play", Stevens said".

"It's hard to take", Al Horford said.

Asked how much that hurt his team, Stevens said, "Not 44 points worth". "Ultimately, they were terrific".

"We got our ass kicked".

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James matched two playoff marks set by legends of the game in scoring 30 points for his eighth straight playoff game, tying Michael Jordan for the longest such streak in modern playoff history (since 1984) and also tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record of 10 straight playoff games with 25-plus points on 50 percent shooting.

Boston guard Avery Bradley said he was stunned the Celtics weren't able to bring more offense to the table. Thomas finished with two points, missing all six of his shots from the field, and had six assists in what was the Celtics' worst home playoff loss ever.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 19 points on seven of 11 shooting. It was the first time since 2008 that LeBron won't finish in the top three.

The deeper you get into it, the more your flaws come to the surface and eventually prove to be your undoing.

In the process of downshifting in the regular season, LeBron also cost himself the MVP award. "I think every year he's the MVP and you could give him the award every year if you wanted to".

That one was critical to clinching Cleveland's first championship since the Browns won the National Football League title in 1964.

Which brings me back to Fultz, who is far and away the most explosive scorer coming into the National Basketball Association next season and has been atop most draft boards for most of this season. James played just 33 minutes - a low for this post-season and just the second time he played fewer than 40 in the 2017 playoffs.

NOTES: The Celtics made one lineup change, starting G/F Gerald Green in place of F Amir Johnson.

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