Sport NBA playoffs 2017: LeBron James, Cavaliers embarrass Celtics in Game 2

06:20  20 may  2017
06:20  20 may  2017 Source:   Sporting News

NBA playoffs 2017: Cavaliers vs. Celtics live updates, score from Game 1

  NBA playoffs 2017: Cavaliers vs. Celtics live updates, score from Game 1 One night after winning the NBA Draft lottery, the Celtics are hoping for another victory, this time on the court. But the victory won't come easily;But the victory won't come easily; No. 1 seed Boston will host LeBron James and the No. 2 seed Cavaliers at TD Garden in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals.

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The 2016 NBA Playoffs were the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association ( NBA )'s 2015–16 season. The tournament ended with the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers defeating the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors 4 games to 3 after the

It appears the Cavaliers and Warriors are set for Round 3 in the NBA Finals.

After splitting each of the last two NBA Finals, the two teams are cruising through their respective conferences again this postseason. Friday, Cleveland dismantled the Celtics, 130-86 in Boston to take a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

This game got ugly quickly.

Cleveland jumped out to a commanding 32-18 lead after the first quarter, but things were just getting started. The Cavaliers, playing in a hostile environment, outscored the Celtics 40-13 in the second quarter to open up a 41-point lead heading into the break, which was the largest halftime lead in playoff history.

NBA playoffs 2017: Live updates, scores from Cavaliers-Celtics Game 2

  NBA playoffs 2017: Live updates, scores from Cavaliers-Celtics Game 2 Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals didn't go exactly as the Celtics had hoped. LeBron James and the rest of the Cavs marched into Boston and demolished the top seed of the East 117-104, which wasn't entirely indicative of the beatdown Cleveland put on the Celtics.DEVENEY: Cavs' defense a problem Celtics couldn't solve\James as usual stole the show, scoring scoring 38 points on 14-of-24 shooting while adding nine rebounds and seven assists. Kevin Love was also great, scoring 32 points on 9-of-16 shooting and pulling down 12 rebounds.

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May 19, 2017 ; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) works the ball against Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first quarter in game two of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.

LeBron James, who was not nominated for league MVP when the list came out Friday evening, scored 30 points with seven assists, four rebounds and four steals. His four steals helped him pass Michael Jordan for the second-most in NBA playoff history.

James also had a plus-40 ratio in the first half. That gaudy number was the best by any player in the first half of a playoff game in the last 20 postseasons.

Not only has James been a handful for Boston defenders this series, but Kevin Love has also been nearly unstoppable at times. Love scored 21 points with 12 rebounds Friday in just 27 minutes of action.

Celtics All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas made about as little an impact as a player can make in a game. 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.

NBA playoffs: Celtics vs. Cavaliers Game 3 live updates, score, highlights

  NBA playoffs: Celtics vs. Cavaliers Game 3 live updates, score, highlights Game 3 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals can't be much worse than Game 2, when the second-seeded Cavaliers led the top-seeded Celtics by 41 points at the half and won the game by 44 in Boston. Then again, the Celtics won't have point guard Isaiah Thomas on Sunday night, or for the remainder of the postseason, because of a hip injury that will be examined Monday. Marcus Smart is taking Thomas' place in the starting lineup.MORE: Ainge wanted to trade Thomas for lottery pick in 2016Plus, the series has moved to Cleveland with the defending NBA champion Cavs already up two games to none.

LeBron James delivered 38 points and Kevin Love had a career playoff high 32 as the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers opened their Eastern LeBron , Love help Cavs rout Celtics in Game 1 LeBron James embarrassed every defender Boston threw at him .(FOX News Sports).

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver, right, and forward LeBron James , left,combine to stop Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during first half NBA playoff basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, May 7, 2017 .

As if James wasn't motivated enough heading into this game, Celtics forward Jaylen Brown said hours before tipoff that he wasn't scared of James, and that he was "just a regular guy".

While in life that sentiment may be true, it wasn't the smartest thing for a rookie to say about the league' best player right before the game.

To Brown's credit, he did score 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting to lead the Celtics.

It was pretty much predetermined before the season even started that the Cavs and Warriors would reach the Finals. There has been nothing, in either the Western or Eastern Conference finals' series, to suggest that will not happen.

Highlight:

J.R. Smith drills an incredible buzzer-beater before halftime:

NBA playoffs 2017: TNT whacks LeBron after Celtics claim Game 3 win in East finals

  NBA playoffs 2017: TNT whacks LeBron after Celtics claim Game 3 win in East finals TNT turned cold-blooded after the Celtics stunned the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night. The network turned the well-worn internet meme of LeBron James spanking the Celts' leprechaun mascot on its . . . backside:MORE: Celtics vs. Cavaliers Game 3 score, highlightsHow the tables have turned... #NBAPlayoffspic.twitter.

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LeBron James (38p, 9r, 7a) led the way in Boston as the Cleveland Cavaliers took game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals 117-104. Playoffs 2017 : East Finals -- Celtics (1) vs. Cavaliers ( 2 ).

LeBron James © (Getty Images) LeBron James

Saturday's game to watch:

Warriors (2-0) at Spurs 9:00 p.m. ET — Kawhi Leonard remains questionable to play with his ankle injury. Even if he does suit up, he will likely be less than 100 percent. San Antonio looked ready to threaten Golden State midway through Game 1, but Leonard's controversial injury has swung this series firmly back into the Warriors' hands. The trio of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green have been playing great, so it will be tough for San Antonio to keep everyone in check.

NBA playoffs 2017: Cavaliers vs. Celtics Game 4 live updates, score, highlights .
The Cavaliers and Warriors seemed destined to meet in the NBA Finals with undefeated playoff records as each team tore through its half of the playoff bracket.The Celtics' window of opportunity to steal a game or two, if not more, against the Cavs in the Eastern Conference finals appeared to be closing with All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas sidelined with an injury and the Celtics trailing by 21 points in the third quarter of Game 3. Then Boston rallied, Avery Bradley's 3-point shot took a friendly bounce and dropped in with a tenth of second remaining, and the Celtics had a 111-108 victory in Cleveland.

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