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Cavs v Celtics ECF Game 2 Breakdown

LeBron James and Cavaliers run riot over Boston Celtics in NBA mismatch

LeBron James continued his fine form as the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers romped to a 130-86 defeat of the Boston Celtics and took a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

Cleveland led by 14 points after one quarter, by a record 41 at the half and by 46 after three.

Despite his aggravation of the injury, Thomas suited up for Game 7 against Washington on May 15 and scored 29 points, posting his first double-double of the 2017 playoffs.

Despite Thomas' subpar scoring effort, he was averaging 8.0 assists per game in the series, creating good looks for his teammates by making timely passes out of double-teams and after dribble-drives into the lane.

"When we're blitzing and rotating and scrambling, he's the best we can have on the back line", Lue explained.

On the heels of that game-changing run, James made sure the Celtics lost all hope with a sequence that took less than two minutes to unfold.

James says his only concern is being the Cavaliers' MVP each and every night, and he was just that in their Game 2 win over the Boston Celtics. "No matter what the outcome is, everyone else is going to come out and play as hard as they can". The Celtics announced Saturday that Thomas is done for the rest of the playoffs with a hip injury.

The Cavaliers jumped out to a 32-18 lead after the first quarter, but things were just getting started. Even if he's not on the floor, we've got to have the next-man-up mentality, which we've had for the most part all season.

"It was obviously just embarrassing", said Celtics guard Avery Bradley.

"I'm a guy who lives in the moment", James said. Golden State is off to a 10-0 start in the Western Conference, the Warriors two games from their third consecutive NBA Finals and a possible third consecutive meeting with the Cavaliers there. "I said before that we had another level and (people) looked at me like I was insane", he added. "I thought the first half he was really hurting, really didn't have any bounce, didn't have any push".

The uphill climb begins with figuring out a way to at least slow down Cavs superstar LeBron James. I think ultimately they were terrific, we were poor. This post-season has been pretty dismal, with very few close games or close series, and a seeming inevitability to outcomes that the Leonard injury merely enhanced.

As bad as it is for us and our group right now, like you said, it's not over yet. "But we like where we're headed and the direction we're headed right now". It has been a spectacle to watch the best player in the world completely unravel an opponent - the number one seed in the Eastern Conference - and destroy their confidence to the point that they unofficially waved the white flag. He drilled 4-6 three-pointers, several of which he launched off swaying pull-ups.

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