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Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Dustin Murphy

Cavs send Celtics to record loss, 130-86, lead series 2-0

Cavs send Celtics to record loss, 130-86, lead series 2-0

Sir Charles clearly had no idea how right he would be.

Following the Cleveland Cavaliers' 130-86 drubbing of the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James learned he was not named a top 3 finalist for the NBA's Most Valuable Player award. "He's really setting the tone for us early in the games", Cavs coach Tyrone Lue told reporters. The Celtics shot 25-for-43 from the field (58.1%) and 10-for-22 from three-point land (45.5%). That statistic was erased Friday when the Cavs opened a 72-31 margin after 24 minutes. "I just want to win". We'll see what kind of team we are in how we respond.

"The Celtics will play with a certain sense of desperation and leave it all out on the court".

The Boston Celtics are tasked with finding the answer in their Eastern Conference finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Thomas was lost to a right hip strain at halftime.

Cleveland has yet to lose a game in this postseason, going 9-0 SU and 6-2-1 ATS, and those two pointspread losses came in the first two games against in in the first round, more than a month ago. To add insult to injury, Thomas left the game after just 18 minutes of action and did not return as he re-aggravated a hip injury which he sustained during the previous round, leaving his status for Game 3 uncertain. "I think you should look at this, if you're a competitor, you're going out there to do everything you can to win the next possession".

"He was pretty despondent not being able to play", Stevens said.

"We have to play a lot better".

"It's hard to take", Al Horford said. "Not 44 points' worth".

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That playoff winning streak actually is 12 games, dating back to the three straight victories over Golden State in Games 5 through 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. Isaiah Thomas, who averaged 27 points in the series against Washington, finished with 17 on 7-for-19 shooting.

The plus-46 matched Jimmy Butler's 2015 performance at Milwaukee - a stat that is tracked back only as far as 2003.

"I didn't see it".

Kyrie Irving and the Cavs will take on Jae Crowder and the Celtics Friday.

"My only job is to try to be the MVP for this team every night", he said. I know I do. I know I can impact the game whether it shows up in the stat sheet or not. "That's what you like the most about young guys. That's not for me to be concerned about". He then wasted most of the 2014-15 season as part of that senseless point guard trio of Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Thomas before being traded to Boston as part of a three-team deal with Phoenix and Detroit. By that point, the Cavs starters were already out of the game. "He's playing at a high level. I mean, what else do you do?" So we're going to focus on us, we're going to figure out ways to play better and we're going to go after it on Sunday. Apparently, though, that performance - or James's status as a three-time National Basketball Association champion, four-time MVP and 13-time all-star - was not enough to impress Boston's Jaylen Brown, who called the Cleveland forward "just a regular guy" in comments to reporters before Game 2. "The only thing on my mind is how we can execute the best way and get a bucket, either if I can get myself a shot or if I can drive, get my shooters a shot, or if I can get a double-team in the paint or get to the free throw line". Like, they lace up their shoes just like us.

NOTES: The Celtics made one lineup change, starting G/F Gerald Green in place of F Amir Johnson.

Kyrie Irving had a pedestrian game for Cleveland with 11 points and 6 assists. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue called it a "smart?"

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The Cleveland Cavaliers humiliated, demolished and buried the Celtics at their court, at TD Garden.

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