The Cleveland Cavaliers know very well what Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas can do when he has the ball in his hands, and as the Eastern Conference Finals resume tonight at TD Garden, they are focused on making his life hard on the offensive end.
The 72-31 lead surpassed the 40-point margin held by the Detroit Pistons over the Washington Bullets on April 26, 1987. He also had six assists, three rebounds and three blocked shots.
James and Love again did whatever they wanted against the defenders the Celtics put in front of them, scoring 30 and 21 points, respectively.
If the Celtics have a great night shooting, particularly 3-pointers, they can compete with anybody. While the Cleveland Cavaliers had thoroughly outplayed the Boston Celtics in Game 1, winning by a crushing margin of 117 to 104, is there a way back for the Boston Celtics as a team to emerge victorious at the end of the Finals?
Rookie Jaylon Brown led the Celtics with 19 points.
Of course, asking a player that was in high school just two years ago to stop the best player in the world seems like a tall, borderline ridiculous, task, but it's one that Brown himself has felt ready for based on his personal expectations.
Gisele Bundchen says her husband Tom Brady suffered a concussion a year ago, a season in which he started all the games he was eligible to play in while quarterbacking the Patriots to another Super Bowl title. Late in the second quarter, Thomas was limping and he didn't start the second half.
All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas underwent tests for a sore right hip after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Celtics president Danny Ainge confirmed to The Vertical.
Thomas will be re-evaluated on Saturday.
Helping Out: The Cavs had 28 assists to just 12 turnovers.
Back to the original question - LeBron James won't be stopped. J. R. Smith had nine points.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said his optimism remains high, and that he was "really encouraged" by his team's performance over the final 18 minutes of the game.
Celtics: Stevens started Gerald Green in place of Amir Johnson. If they don't accomplish that, there will be no Game 5 to fly home to. Game 3 is Sunday night and Game 4 is Tuesday night. If the Cavs can maintain their home court advantage, they will not have to return to Boston, who finished with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Most of the damage in Game 1 was done by two players - James and Love.