Cavs send Celtics to record loss, 130-86, lead series 2-0

Credit Associated Press        WON’T BE EASY Coach Tyronn Lue and the Cavs are expecting the Celtics to play much better tonight

And Game 2 could set the tone for the rest of the series. That includes Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas, and anything else they needed to get where he wanted to go. That guy's a tough guy, and he plays through a lot. So we're going to focus on us, we're going to figure out ways to play better, and we're going to go after it on Sunday.

Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m.at TD Garden in Boston, where the Cavs quieted the usually boisterous Celtics crowd throughout Game 1 with easily the most impressive performance of a heady postseason run. Then the game started, and the Cavs once again made Boston look like it had no business being on the same court as them.

Thomas played 18 minutes in the first half Friday night, but had a noticeable limp late in the half. Cleveland's lead eventually climbed to 50. "We're going back home, we're not going to get comfortable".

A bigger problem for Boston is that James scored on all seven defenders that the Celtics threw at him in Game 1 - Crowder, Thomas, Marcus Smart, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Gerald Green and Kelly Olynyk. "The defending champs swept us off the floor".

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After getting blown out by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1, the Boston Celtics would have been better off forfeiting Game 2 and saving themselves the embarrassment. The four-time MVP hunts mismatches down and exploits them to embarrassing degrees and has even stated as much.

Former Blue Devil Kyrie Irving and his Cleveland teammates humiliated Boston Friday night, winning 130-86. "They came out, not only playing harder but knocking down shots". Credit to those guys. "I knew I wouldn't feel that great after the game, and I don't feel that great right now. We want to let everybody in this world know that we're for real, and we're one of the top teams in the National Basketball Association, and with this series we've got to go out and show the world because like everybody knows, everybody is counting us out, and we've been there before, though, so it's nothing new for us". "I've been going to war with these guys all year and I know they're going to have their A games as well, no matter what the outcome is".

That being said, those possessions are all Stevens has to work with, and the bottom line is that they were able to stay in front of him. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the star point guard had a nagging injury that he aggravated a week ago during the second-round series against Washington.

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