Celtics push LeBron, Cavs into 0-2 hole

James was also astoundingly efficient, using his dribble to create space, while he knocked down an assortment of jump shots. The Warriors will look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in Houston on Wednesday before heading home for Games 3 and 4. Usually, when he plays like that in a playoff game, the next night out he goes off.His 46 points in Game 2 against the Pacers last month is only the latest example."History is history; I'm a guy who lives in the moment", James said. "I'm not a Chatty Patty, so you're going to have to ask him that". Smith was levied a two-game suspension for the act. His first-quarter barrage crescendoed with an utterly absurd, late-clock fadeaway 3-pointer in front of the Cavaliers bench that helped Cleveland open as much as an 11-point first-half lead.

Cavaliers: Were outscored 50-42 in the paint after being outscored 60-38 in Game 1.

It was during that November 2007 ceremony that the franchise named its court the "Red Auerbach Parquet Floor" in honor of the iconic coach, who guided the Celtics to nine National Basketball Association championships in 10 years: 1957 and from 1959-1966.

Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz sat courtside.

The Eastern Conference Finals move on to Cleveland for Game 3 on Saturday night.

Simply put, the C's out-hustled, out-worked and bullied Cleveland in the second half of the game. Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Scary Terry Rozier asserted themselves all game long, uniting for 63 points on a shared 24-of-55 shooting.

"Well they become more traditional [with Thompson]", Horford said. "He's always done it". Of course, he came back; but when he came back, I don't think he had the same punch that he had before he left as far as attacking the basket, playing with that force and power we talked about at shootaround. And you go and take two hands to the back; that's a dirty shot.

LeBron James, destroyer of worlds. The Green proceeded to blow the Cavs' out of the gym in Game 1 at the TD Garden. and it was never even close. Getting tougher could mean a lineup change for the Cavaliers.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said, "We'll be better going back home".

Let's go ahead and get this one out of the way: Tristan Thompson is an incredibly limited player.

Horford said that, if anything, Smith's infraction only sharpened the Celtics' focus.

"They're being physical. They're gooning the game up and we've got to do the same thing". "We just have to keep it going".

So when Brad Stevens describes this Celtics team as "naive", Brown knows he means it in a positive way - a team too inexperienced to realize the caliber of player they are facing.

  • Julie Sanders