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Cavaliers deliver record setting win

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.

Raptors facing black cloud in rematch against Cavaliers

Who’s ready for an Eastern Conference Finals rematch? Toronto managed to close out the Bucks in six on the road but in true Raptors fashion allowed the home team to go on a run completely erasing the deficit going on a 34-7 run. At times I caught myself yelling at the screen it seemed like the Raptors forgot how to rebound at one point. The play of the Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was reminiscent of MVP candidate Russell Westbrook in that you can see he left everything he had on the court for his team and was visibly running on fumes. Had it not been for a late run of their own notably a big three from Corey Joseph with under two minutes left of play and a resounding dunk by DeMar Derozan to put the nail in the coffin.

Now that the Raptors have rightly moved on to the next round they have to get rid of whatever black cloud is holding them back mentally, they can’t afford to waste home court like they did with the young Bucks team . Round two is where you get it together they aren’t playing ghost of stronger teams as they did in their 2016 post-season campaign with Miami and Indiana with both going the distance in seven games a piece . If the Raptors want to make it out of the semis they have to take down Cleveland and to do that it means protecting the series at home, it means offensive consistency from Kyle Lowry, and it means perimeter defense and finally someone to contain Lebron no further explanation needed on why that is a concern.

Toronto isn’t out of the woods but they can at least rely on the fact that they play in the jurassic park a little wilder than the woods and no matter the trip to Cleveland they can use the home to boost morale in a pinch. Raptors play the Monday, May 1 on TNT, tip-off at 7 pm EST.