It was 41 points that separated the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics in game two. The biggest Cavalier lead was 50 points midway in the third quarter. After game one LeBron James stated that the Cavaliers could be better, this was how much better the Cavaliers can be.
The Cavaliers shot 56-pecent from the field (48-percent from three) in the blow-out win Friday night. It was all The King leading the way for the Cavs as he finished the game with 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting, four rebounds and seven assists. Kevin Love finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds alongside Kyrie Irving who finished with 23 points. The big three of the Cavaliers would finish a combined 66-percent shooting from the field.
The defense of the Cavaliers flashed it’s dominance as the Celtics shot 37-percent from the field overall (29-percent from the field). The Celtics would also finish the game with 20 turnovers. In the first-half James chased down Avery Bradley on a fast break to block his shot similar to the infamous chase down block on Andre Iguodala in Game 7 of last year’s NBA Finals.
The down hill spiral continued for the Celtics as Isaiah Thomas did not return in the second half due to a hip injury. Celtics coach Brad Stevens stated that it was a preexisting injury that the All-Star guard had from Game 6 in their prior series against Washington. The injury was serious enough to keep Thomas from returning in the second-half and he will be reevaluated for game three.
Prior to Game 2, the NBA announced its finalists for the Player Award show in June. Among the MVP Finalists, James’ name as absent. Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Kawhi Leonard took the top honors as finalists. When asked about this after the game James stated, “No, I didn’t see it and what are you going to do about it at the end of the day? My only job is to try to be the MVP for this team every night, put my teammates, put our franchise in position to be successful and ultimately compete for a championship. For me, I know what I bring to the table. This league knows what I bring to the table. That’s for you guys to write about. It’s not for me to be concerned about.”
The Cavaliers will head to Cleveland up 2-0 in the series. Game three is on Sunday night at 8:30 PM EST on TNT.