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Celtics fine with Cavs coach Lue's 'goon' comments

17 May, 2018, 15:02 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Celtics withstand James' huge night

He took over the game in every way possible, and utterly dominated the Celtics on all three levels.

LeBron James recorded 42 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, marking his NBA-record 17th career playoff game with 30 points and 10 assists. Boston was on top 84-77 entering the fourth quarter. Boston's third-quarter surge produced decibel levels on par with that seen in the Celtics' Game 2 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in which the team overcame a 22-point deficit and later raved about the noise inside the building. "I can understand why they gave me a flagrant". The King dropped 21 points in the first quarter, including four three point jumpers.

There are certainly a lot of ways you could describe Baynes as a player.

After his lay-up was blocked at the rim by Jeff Green, a loose ball ensued and Cleveland center Larry Nance Jr got his hands firmly on the ball in an attempt to secure the rebound. The Celtics actually played phenomenal defense in that first quarter, and they made sure to maintain that same kind of pressure.

If early success in difficult situations means that James and the Cavaliers will take the hard route, and not make the adjustments to ease the situation, then they will be able to keep control of this series.

Mixed feelings didn't exist last season when Cleveland and Boston met in the conference finals. The Celtics turned it over just six times. First, he faked a screen up top for Smart, only to quickly roll to the basket. Limited to 15 points in Cleveland's Game 1 loss, James needed just 7 minutes, 34 seconds to eclipse his scoring output from Sunday's opener.

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After fruitless possessions for either side, it was once again the Baynes and Smart connection that sparked the Celtics. The Nets' first rounder was the centerpiece of the trade for Irving, a former No. 1 overall pick, All-Star, and champion who's only 26.Of course the Cavs wanted the pick be closer to the top of the draft. With his new found confidence from beyond the arc in toe, Baynes was left wide open and without hesitation knocked down the triple. Sit him and risk never getting him back. They wound up comfortable 107-94 winners and on the surface, look destined for an improbable Finals berth. Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics Beat Cavaliers to advance 2-0.

For the third straight series, Boston has taken care of the first two games and now climb to 9-0 at home in the playoffs. He returned after missing less than two minutes of game time. His determination and willingness to compete matching his fearless squad that continue to defy the odds.

Celtics: Went 10 of 31 from the 3-point line.

"We're going to fight", Rozier said. Brad Stevens always has an option for whichever way James is trying to attack, and they are not going to get worked up over James hitting hard shots with great defense.

"We've got to be tougher".

He's not wrong. Prior to tipoff, the question was if the Celtics would be able to withstand the inevitable incoming LeBron onslaught. "They did what they had to do, and that was protect home, and now it's our time to try to do that, as well".

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