Cavaliers return home, seek first series win over Celtics

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James sits on the scorer's table during a timeout in the first half in Game 2 of the team's NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics in Boston

Cavaliers return home, seek first series win over Celtics

Even despite failing to rally back after being outscored 36-22 in the third quarter, Cavs superstar small forward LeBron James notched a triple-double with 42 points along with 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

The sting of how thoroughly the Celtics were outplayed is indeed on the minds of some players heading into tonight's game.

Defending the Celtics, on the other hand, isn't as simple.

The Cleveland Cavaliers coach raised eyebrows after a physical Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals when he said the Boston Celtics were "gooning the game up."

Kyle Korver and LeBron James put on a dazzling display of 3-point shooting after Cavaliers' practice on May 18.

Big man Al Horford has been red-hot throughout the start of the East Finals, averaging 17.5 ppg on.565 shooting. "When you get up 10, 12, continue to take the same shots that got you there".

ROAD WORK AHEAD: The Celtics haven't traveled well in these playoffs. On Sunday night in Game 3 Warriors started 19.8 percent of their plays in transition, almost one in five trips down the court, and they scored 1.44 points per possession on those plays.

Cavaliers return home, seek first series win over Celtics
Cavaliers return home, seek first series win over Celtics

"They were denying me the ball, and when I did get it, it was in positions that I'm not comfortable in", he said. When they did miss, we didn't box out all the time, and then we turned it over 20 times. This is a team that's going to play hard. As a unit, the Celtics held James to 15 points, seven turnovers, and a minus-32 in Game 1. In just one season Kyrie has grown a lot as a player. In Game 2, specifically, Horford tallied a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds at the five-spot, while fellow starter, Jaylen Brown, has tallied two straight games with 23 points.

"It would be challenging", he said with a smile, "but some way, somehow I'd figure it out". Fell to 3-8 in playoff games in Cleveland, the most by a Cavs opponent at the Q. Stevens was relieved to learn that Boston legend Bill Russell was recovering after a hospital stay brought on by dehydration.

The must-watch Cleveland Cavaliers have been hardened by the nonstop drama around them.

"There have been times throughout this run so far, especially in the second half, where we've either thrown the ball into Bron or myself and we've kind of stopped", he said. "I think we're doing a great job of scoring with what they do best".

"You have to keep on passing the ball".

"Anyone who has been here and around knows Ty always stresses that", Kevin Love said. If there is any drop off from the way they played in the first two games, they will not come through with a victory and will be coming back home with a tied series.

Cleveland saw its composure wilt on both ends and finished with 39 second-half points. "You never know who's going to have that ultimate opportunity".

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