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The Celtics are being humiliated by LeBron James' historic dominance

The Celtics are being humiliated by LeBron James' historic dominance

Cleveland's latest piece of work was a 44-point Game 2 pasting of Boston at TD Garden, with the Celtics certainly absorbing one of the more embarrassing home losses in East finals history.

Tip-ins Cavaliers: James is first player with at least 30 points in eight straight playoff games since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1970. He was pretty despondent not to be able to play.

We have seen in this series with Cleveland just how Jaylen Brown's improvement from the start of the season until now, has adequately prepared him to be a player to watch next season.

"My only job is to try to be the MVP for this team every night, and put my teammates, put our franchise in position to be successful and ultimately compete for a championship", James said. "They just happened to play better than us in Game 1".

Because most lottery picks land on bad teams, hardly any advance this deep into the playoffs.




The Celtics, who lost the first two games of their first-round series with the Chicago Bulls at home, had won five straight at home since then before losing the opener of this National Basketball Association semi-final series.

LeBron James, who was not nominated for league MVP when the list came out on Friday, scored 30 points with seven assists, four rebounds and four steals. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of Game 2 from 10:30am (AEST). Given bench player Kelly Olynyk was the reason they beat the Washington Wizards in Game 7 of the second round though, it doesn't fill Celtics fans with great aspirations. The Cavaliers shrugged off two aggressive plays by Boston G Isaiah Thomas in the opener, the second a hard foul on a driving LeBron James that actually knocked the smaller Thomas' headband from his head. But the Celtics made one other change in the opening twelve minutes that blew this game wide open.

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. The Cavaliers' fast break and transition offence was unstoppable scoring 24 - 11 against the Celtics.

'We got our (butt) kicked. "The defending champs swept us off the floor". The star guard went 0-for-6 from the field through the first two quarters with only two points. But Boston was even worse, hitting 12 of 38 (31.6 percent).

Lebron James has never lost a series when the team he plays for jumped out to a 2-0 lead.


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