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Seems like the Cavs are concerned at this stage

Sara Civian
May 16, 2018 - 1:35 am

About 45 minutes before Game 2, Cavaliers coach Ty Lue answered the wrong question. He didn’t know it at the time -- none of us did -- so he answered.

Could the Cavs sustain a bad game from LeBron James and win?

“Yes," he said, "I think so."

Maybe Lue still thinks so, but who knows?

Actually, who cares?

James was back on his game from the jump Tuesday night. He scored more points than he did in Game 1 before the first quarter ended. He dominated with a game-leading 42 points -- 19 more than runner up Jaylen Brown ended with. He also had 12 assists and 10 rebounds, a triple-double for the folks at home.

LeBron James had an objectively great game. The Celtics bounced back to take Game 2 and a 2-0 series lead all the same.

"I think I'll be fine. I'm not going to lose sleep over it," James said postgame. "When you lay everything on the line, at the end of the day, you can live with that."

Are we ready to consider that the Celtics aren’t just winning despite everything? They aren’t just winning because James had a bad game, they aren’t just winning without their stars. They’re playing some fearless basketball as a team -- even when the best player in the league lays everything on the line.

Maybe it’s time to flip some scripts. James, who said he had “zero level of concern at this stage” after Game 1, is certainly reconsidering things this time around.

“We have an opportunity to go back home, protect home court,” he said. “We’re going to use these days to really dive in on what needs to be done...We’re going to see what we’re made of on Saturday.”

Here’s where we acknowledge the Celtics are 9-0 at TD Garden and 1-4 everywhere else this postseason.

But, wait.

Weren’t the Cavaliers supposed to be the barometer of what the Celtics are made of? Or was that the Sixers?

“I mean, I think you can actually take a lot from the Boston Celtics,” Kevin Love offered. “They had all their starters in double figures...They move the ball, they continue to cut. [Marcus Smart] just seems to do everything out there on the floor. I think we can definitely learn from them.”

Got it.

 

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