LeBron James scored 21 points in the first quarter and the Celtics didn't have anyone but Jaylen Brown going. It could not have been more obvious the Celtics would just get those other guys going then win.
THEN WHAT HAPPENED?
The Celtics got everyone else going and won, 107-94. Jayson Tatum had nine points in the second quarter. Terry Rozier had 14 in the third as the C's outscored Cleveland, 36-22, and took the lead. Al Horford did absolutely everything in the fourth. Brown finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
SO LEBRON WAS BETTER BUT THE CAVS STILL LOST?
You bet. LeBron was amazing, actually. He finished with a triple double on 42 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
WHICH KEVIN LOVE WAS KEVIN LOVE?
Timberwolves Kevin Love
Love had 22 points and 15 rebounds. He did his job.
SO IF LEBRON AND LOVE WERE GOOD, WHAT THE HELL DID THE REST OF THE CAVALIERS DO?
Absolutely nothing. The rest of their starters totaled 11 points. With the exception of Kyle Korver hitting a couple of 3s, the bench wasn't anything special, either. This game was Exhibit A of the Cavs just not having the horses after LeBron (and perhaps Love).
BEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE OF THE GAME
Marcus Smart tipping in a rebound of a Tatum shot to get the Celtics lead to 11 with 6:10 remaining.
WORST MOMENT OF MY LIFE OF THE GAME
That split second when I thought the Celtics might lose a game because Kyle Korver outplayed Jayson Tatum. That or when Jeff Green blocked a Greg Monroe shot. Get all of that out of my life.
DID THE CAVS STINK ON DEFENSE?
This is unreal. Yes, the @celtics are damn good, but this is some of the most God-Awful defense by the @cavs in this 3rd Qt than I’ve seen in some time! How do you come out after halftime — a time when adjustments are suppose to be made — and look like THIS?— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) May 16, 2018
HOW MUCH DID THE CAVALIERS MISS KYRIE?
I had to remake this graphic to make Kyrie's arms bigger to illustrate how much the Cavs miss Kyrie. Their starting backcourt had three points.
HOW MUCH DID THE CELTICS MISS KYRIE?
It's wild to think, but the Celtics were never really hurting for a great individual performance for much of the night. Jaylen was the constant, but the spurts from guys like Tatum and Rozier gave the Celtics all the star power they needed.
LET'S TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT THE MARCUSES
It's never just about the points for Marcus Smart (he had 11). It's about how he defended (four steals) and how some of those points came. Even before that fourth-quarter tip-in, Smart hit a three-pointer in the third quarter to give the Celtics their first lead since the beginning of the game.
Also, Marcus Morris screamed at Tristan Thompson after making a shot and everyone made it into a meme about how he cheated on a Kardashian. I did not understand it but everyone seemed to have a lot of fun with it.
THE LOVE OF ONE WOMAN SHOULD BE ENOUGH pic.twitter.com/x5cSTmVrl4— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 16, 2018
LEBRON VS. TATUM CONN SMYTHE WATCH
Tatum did not look good at all in the first quarter, while LeBron was incredible. Tatum ended up turning it on, but LeBron clearly had the better game. Fun fact, though: They don't give the Conn Smythe to a guy who lost in the conference finals. LeBron's two losses away.
Also, Tatum hit LeBron in the face by accident. Everyone's OK.
IS THE DREW BLEDSOE THING STILL A THING?
WHEN IS GAME 3?
Sometime in 2021.