LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers would take a 55-48 lead into halftime of Game 2 Tuesday night. But then, Terry Rozier would drop 14 points on his own in quarter number three. And by the end of said quarter, the Celtics had outscored Cleveland by 14 points (36-22). And the Celtics didn’t let up in the fourth, ensuring a 2-0 lead as they head back to Cleveland.
Despite LeBron putting up 21 points in the first quarter, it didn’t matter. Additionally, his triple-double didn’t matter either. James would finish with 42 points on 16-of-29 shooting Tuesday night. Not to mention, 5-of-11 from three-point range. Kevin Love would add 22 points on 9-of-18 from the field, but that’s it. Only one other Cavalier (Kyle Korver) would finish in double figures (11).
Meanwhile, six Celtics would finish in double figures (including all of their starters). Now the Celtics are two games away from the NBA Finals… without both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Is there plenty of time left in this series? Of course. Will they probably have a tough time against the Houston Rockets or Golden State Warriors in the Finals? Most likely, yes.
But we’ve been doubting these Celtics all postseason long. After all, the Joe Prunty-coached Milwaukee Bucks would take this team to seven dang games. But then they would dispatch of the Philadelphia 76ers in five games. Now they are 2-0 up on the king with Game 3 coming at us Saturday night.
Will the Cavaliers have answers by then?