Cavs blow out Celtics, cut series deficit to 2-1

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Right now the Celtics are making a Cavs team that was in the Finals previous year look like it barely belongs in the playoffs, and that's with probably the best version of LeBron James ever.

It's a hypocritical comment from Lue, who had a player in Smith nearly committing a crime in Game 2 when the shooting guard pushed an airborne Al Horford during a play in the fourth quarter.

Right after the Cleveland Cavaliers were dealt with a soul-crushing 107-94 loss by the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue spoke with reporters and conveyed a controversial remark, saying the Celtics are "gooning the game up". LeBron James' teams have performed markedly better under those circumstances, winning 33 percent of the time (2-for-4) after being in an 0-2 hole. They have been totally outplayed by Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier so far, and that could be deflating. Veteran big man Al Horford (17.1)? That combination often works in the regular season, but not in the playoffs when stars usually shine.

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Home-court advantage - If the Celtics have shown one area of weakness during this postseason, it's been their spotty road form. Over his last five playoff games, Love is averaging 22.8 points (.500 FG%,.929 FT%) and 11.2 rebounds while also shooting a playoff career-best.905 (38-42) from the foul line, which is the fourth-highest among all remaining players in the playoffs. "But I think ball movement, player movement, getting the ball from one side to the other, that stretches out the defense, so that will help". We've got to play aggressive from the rip. We will have to wait and see if it carries over into Saturday night's must-win Game 3. In the third, Rozier scored 14.

The scoring was spread out during a 108-83 victory in Game 1 as well. In the second, Tatum had seven. In just one season Kyrie has grown a lot as a player.

"It would be challenging", he said with a smile, "but some way, somehow I'd figure it out". Harden was off in Game 5 against Utah, but Paul picked up the slack (his 41-point, 10 assist game) and Houston got the win. "Boston is doing it a lot, so we need to follow suit and do that as well, get better shots".

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"That's something we've always preached here", power forward Kevin Love said of increasing the pace. Cleveland's lead never shrank below 19 in the second half. Before the game, Stevens was asked what happens to all the Cavs, Browns and Cavaliers gear he gets as gifts. There's nothing about the playoffs that's comfortable until you either win it all or you lose and go into the summer. Of course, even though opponents knew that Thomas would take numerous important shots for the Celtics, he made them anyway until he was lost in Game 2 of the conference finals with a hip injury.

The same is true of James.

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