April 20, 2024

The Boston Celtics put up a tough fight, but LeBron and company came out victorious. However, the Cavaliers jumped out to a slow start, finishing the first half with a 51-50 lead.

Cleveland looked focused and energized in the second half, jumping out to a 14 point lead, setting the tone for the rest of the game. However, the Celtics kept clawing away at the Cavs, cutting their lead to just two late in the third quarter.

The real highlight of the night for the Cavaliers was the fourth quarter play from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. They accounted for all of Cleveland’s 24 points in the final quarter with James racking up fifteen points and Irving adding nine.

Once again, Kyrie shone in the limelight despite playing in just his second postseason game. The “playoff rookie” finished with 26 points to go along with six assists and five rebounds. Speaking of “rookies,” Kevin Love had a respectable game, too, scoring thirteen points and grabbing six rebounds, despite being in foul trouble. James, who had a game-high thirty points, almost recorded a triple-double with nine boards and seven assists.

Although they are not a part of the big three, Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson deserve credit for this victory. Mozgov, who wasn’t a contributing factor in game one, finished huge in game two. The center impacted the game both offensively and defensively, racking up sixteen points, seven boards, and five blocks. Although Thompson didn’t score a single point, let alone take a shot, he fought for eleven rebounds. In the final minutes of the game, he nabbed three offensive rebounds to keep possessions alive. The offensive rebounds Thompson pulled down in the fourth quarter were key in the Cavs’ victory.

Even though Cleveland won the contest, one area of concern remains the Cavalier bench. They were outscored by Boston’s bench, 51-7. Even if LeBron James and Kyrie Irving remain unstoppable in the fourth quarter, more bench production still wouldn’t hurt.

Another number to take note of is 22 – the amount of points scored by Isaiah Thomas. This young man is clearly Boston’s X-factor and must be contained. Although, if the Cavs keep winning, then who cares?

The series shifts to Boston where game three will tip off on Thursday at 7:00 pm. A Celtic victory could change the momentum of this series, so expect them to come out ready to fight.

-Max Gold

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