Cavs set NBA record with 41-point halftime lead

BOSTON (AP) - The Celtics say point guard Isaiah Thomas is sitting out the second half of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland because of a right hip strain. He failed to make a shot from the field, adding six assists, as Boston got behind at halftime with a 41-point deficit, the largest in National Basketball Association playoff history. The Cavaliers won their two home games against Boston in the regular season by six points apiece but the Celtics haven't played in Cleveland since December 29.n League lead with 11. "They're not No. 1 in the East for no reason".

Charles Barkley walked into TD Garden for Friday night's television gig and greeted a familiar face with the words: "Came in for this mercy killing". For whatever flaws and inconsistencies they have had in this mostly rewarding season, the Celtics are generally a resilient lot.

Instead, the Cavaliers ripped the game open late in the first quarter, then built a 41-point halftime advantage.

Nope. Forget hope. Humiliation shoved all pretenses of hope aside. Green expects Thomas to play in Game 3 given his ability to fight through injuries in the past. Or would they wait until Sunday in Cleveland? He almost bit on Thomas' theatric shot fake, but recovered and rendered the Celtics' recently-minted All-NBA point guard into nothing but a praying man just inside the three-point line.

'He was pretty despondent not to be able to play.

"There's going to be some adjustments made from both sides. Move" and he hit a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers. It included getting within 11 points with less than 2 minutes to play. And when he does, a team like the Celtics doesn't really stand much of a chance.

The Celtics are happy to be in the Eastern Conference finals, but that doesn't mean they're happy to be here. The Celtics will have to maximize their quality depth to offset the remarkable multifaceted skill set of James.

"We just want to try to get better", James said.

And yet numbers don't necessarily do justice to the magnitude of his tour de force performance. One of the best ever. You're watching history. The Celtics are suffering it. The Celtics dropped the first two games against the Chicago Bulls in the first round (they came back to win). But their in-game actions belied their words. When James didn't orchestrate a fast break to perfection, the Cavs eased off the gas, surveyed Boston's frazzled transition defense and fed whichever cross matchup seemed most appetizing. Cleveland's lead eventually climbed to 50.

The Cavs win their second straight over the number one-seeded Celtics in Boston. But Boston was even worse, hitting 12 of 38 (31.6 percent). Call it a hunch.

James was not expected to win despite his stellar play this season. They are one of the last four teams playing. Boston's leading scorer, Avery Bradley, had just nine points. They are in a lousy place at the moment.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics Game 2 kicks off at 8:30 p.m.

Boston needs a playmaker who can score, find teammates and maybe most important, give Boston a player besides Thomas who can create their own shot off the dribble or get the ball in the hands of teammates for easy shots based on his ability to attack a defense and force them to collapse.

  • Julie Sanders