Isaiah Thomas leaves Game 2 early with hip injury

Boston Celtics players and coaches watch from the bench during the final minutes of Game 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Wednesday

"Ultimately, they were terrific".

Then again, if Markelle Fultz watched that debacle of a first half Friday night at the Garden, he might have been tempted to petition the NCAA to let him return to Washington.

We could wax poetic about what this means for Boston (nothing good) or how this elevates the seemingly inevitable NBA Finals matchup between the Cavs and Warriors.

For record-keeping purposes, the final score was 130-86, Cavs.

Leading by 50 points at one point, winning by 44? Even with James and the rest of the starters sitting out the fourth quarter, the 130-point total was the most in the franchise's playoff history.

Because what we have seen after the first two games of this "series" isn't competition.

One thing has been crystal clear for a while now: LeBron James continues to prove that neither the Celtics nor anyone in the Eastern Conference has enough staying power or talent to compete with him and the Cavs.

Nope. Forget hope. Humiliation shoved all pretenses of hope aside.

Isaiah Thomas is injured. They are 10-0 in this postseason.

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Stevens did try to make adjustments before Game 2.

James dished out seven assists and added four rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots, while Kevin Love had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Kyrie Irving 23 points. Much alike with the first game, the end game statistics were not accurate to the actual performance that was displayed through the first three quarters of the game; such as the Celtics scoring 42 points in the paint to the Cavaliers 40, as well as getting 13 second chance points to 12.

As a team the Cavs were 19 of 39 from the 3-point line. They couldn't hit an open shot the entire night and it clearly affected their defensive engagement as well.

The temptation is to search for scapegoats on the Celtics, and they'd be awfully easy to find: Horford, Thomas, Bradley and Jae Crowder shot a combined 13 for 41.

James statistics are breathtaking - did we mention he was a plus-46 for the game, the best plus/minus of his career, including, presumably his prep years at St. Vincent-St. If that occurs, it would be the third straight sweep this postseason for the defending National Basketball Association champions, who also won the last three games of last year's finals.

"He's playing at an unbelievable level". You're watching history. The Celtics are suffering it.

"I'm excited and I know all of Cleveland is excited and we understand how important Game 3 is for us and especially to get off to a good start in front of our home fans", said Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving. But their in-game actions belied their words.

Meanwhile, Thomas was confident and insisted the Celtics weren't intimidated by the Cavs.

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