Per numberFire Live, Thomas was atrocious tonight, with -28.45 nERD in 18 minutes.
Defending NBA champions the Cleveland Cavaliers showed no mercy as they dismantled the Boston Celtics 130-86. Boston just doesn't have the roster to match up with Cleveland and they've got zero answer for LeBron, who just had his 18th 30-point playoff game against them.
The 130 points were a single-game franchise record in postseason play.
And because of that, the Cavaliers' defense wound up looking a lot better than it really is. We know what kind of person you are, be apologetic for Kawhi about what happened but you don't have to apologize for your intent on how you're guarding that play, whatever you want to call it.' So, moving on, he'll be ready, he'll be the same Zaza, confident. There's no complacency for us now. Cleveland's All-Star point guard tallied 23 points while playing just 29 minutes for the Cavs.
The 41-point bulge through two quarters accounted for the largest halftime lead in National Basketball Association postseason history, besting the 40-point cushion the Detroit Pistons held over the Washington Bullets in Game 2 of their 1987 first-round series (Detroit led 76-36).
Irving was chosen in the Game Winner of the Year for his decisive 3-pointer in Game 7 of the Finals against the Warriors, along with Westbrook against the Denver Nuggets and the Suns' Tyler Ulis against the Celtics.
But after watching the beatdown administered by Cleveland on Friday night, I am more convinced than ever that if the Celtics keep the number one pick there's only one choice that makes sense.
Kevin Love chipped in with 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Cavs secured a 10th straight post-season win, and there appears little to suggest the Celtics can find a way to stop them when the series shifts to Cleveland for Game Three on Sunday.
Instead, we're going to let the internet tell it to you for us. We understand that this is a good team. And, oh, the Cavs beat the No. 1 seed in the East by 44 points.
Isaiah Thomas was a non-factor, scoring just two points on 0-for-6 shooting before leaving the game with a strained right hip at halftime, but he also wasn't getting that much help from his teammates anyway.
"He was pretty despondent not to be able to play", Stevens said". "It wasn't as bad as I thought it was", said Lue, who was asking for a review for a potential flagrant. Ultimately, they were terrific.
With both teams going to their benches in the fourth, the only suspense was whether the Celtics could avoid the worst playoff loss in franchise history. LeBron James might not come out and say that he was disappointed about not being named one of the three finalists for the NBA MVP, but his performance in Game 2 might have just done the talking for him.
"Embarrassing" was the word that Avery Bradley kept returning to.
A 13-point lead is certainly not insurmountable for a team like the Celtics.
James has now personally won eight consecutive playoff games against the Celtics dating to the 2012 playoffs with the Miami Heat. It's the first time since 2008 that he won't finish in the top three. "I know what I bring to the table".
San Antonio lost 113-111 without him, squandering a 20-point halftime lead, and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was peeved. And they made the Celtics look like a pitiful bunch. After missing all six of his shot attempts in the first half, he was held out of the second half with a "right hip strain", according to the team.
That one was critical to clinching Cleveland's first championship since the Browns won the National Football League title in 1964. "They're game-changers for us".