BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Game 2 between Boston and Cleveland.
Just another ho-hum night for the best player on the planet. James finished with 30 points on 12-for-18 shooting with seven assists and four rebounds.
He has been an impressive sidekick to James in this series, providing major matchup problems for the Celtics in both games. He had another double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds.
He’s too talented to be this efficient for Boston to have any shot at competing let alone coming away with a win. He had 23 points on 8-for-11 shooting with three assists.
On a night when none of the Celtics showed up and played with any kind of consistency, the play of Brown was indeed positive. He finished with 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting.
The Celtics were embarrassed in a way you seldom see a playoff team, let alone one who came into the postseason as their conference’s top seed. We all knew Cleveland had a better, deeper team, but what we saw in Game 2 was inexcusable by the Celtics. Cleveland is good, but what happened Friday night was a team that showed little fight despite it being a “must-win” game. It’s time to start making plans for the summer because the Celtics’ season is over. It’s not a matter of if but when at this point.
1:25 - With half of the Celtics roster on the shelf, we’ve been able to see just how great a scorer Jayson Tatum can be. A. Sherrod Blakely, Mike Girardi and Trenni Kusnierek discuss how Tatum compares to Celtics legend, Paul Pierce.
5:35 - The NFL Competition Committee is giving it their best shot at modifying the ‘catch rule’ and Tom Curran, Kyle Draper and Hardy try to wrap their heads around the proposed changes.
11:02 - The Bruins clinched a playoff berth despite losing to the St. Louis Blues in overtime. Joe Haggerty joins Tom Giles to break down the game, which included another goal by Ryan Donato and a questionable call on a high hit on David Krejci.
The second opinion on Kyrie Irving’s sore left knee will be done on Thursday, according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett.
Irving, who has missed the last four games, is expected to decide between having a surgical procedure performed to help alleviate some of the soreness, or continue to manage it with rest.
During the 2015 NBA Finals, Irving suffered a fractured left kneecap injury which was the beginning of Irving’s left knee issues.
While Irving has had soreness of some form during various stretches of play this season, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has seen him making progress recently.
“That knee is still sore,” Stevens said. “He’s worked really hard to manage it throughout the entire season. He’s had some pretty good days recently. I’m encouraged by the big picture.”
But Stevens has made it clear that he supports Irving getting a second opinion, adding that Irving’s absence is due to the knee being too sore for him to play at a level he’s accustomed to.
“He’s out because of knee soreness, not because we’re choosing to rest him,” Stevens said. “That’s the bottom line. Again, we want him to feel 110 percent. He wants to feel 110 percent. Obviously, we’re fortunate we created a cushion early on in the year with playoffs and everything else. This is not one of those situations where we’re choosing to rest someone; it’s because he has a sore knee.”