Welcome back to '3 Shots,' as we follow Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cavaliers and the Celtics in Boston. Here are our three observations from the first half as the Cavaliers lead 72-31 (no, that's not a typo!)
1. Boston HAD to get off to a good start tonight, and they didn't.
The Celtics didn't score until more than 3 minutes had elapsed in the first quarter. Then, the Wine and Gold went on a 13-0 run to seize command. The Cavs shot a blistering 60% from the field in the game's first 12 minutes, while Boston managed just 6-21 from the field for 28%. The Cavs also continued to own the boards early on, out rebounding the Celtics 14-8 as the Cavs took a 32-18 lead into the second quarter. It would only get worse for the boys from Beantown.
2. Temper, temper
As the Cavaliers' dominance of this series continues, you just KNOW that the Celtics are going to start losing their cool. It's just the way they function. They are a hard-working, scrappy team that tries to play every mental angle possible, including working the referees. That strategy backfired in the second quarter as referee Scott Foster rung up both Isaiah Thomas and Head Coach Brad Stevens for back-to-back technical fouls. We'll see if some of this frustration boils over in the second half as the Wine and Gold continue to dominate.
3. LeBron not in the top 3 of the NBA MVP vote? Really?
No, I'm serious. Prior to tip-off, the league announced that Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, and James Harden are the three finalists for this year's NBA Most Valuable Player award. Yes, I know it's a regular season vote. Yes, those guys put up some video game numbers. But every game deeper into this postseason punctuates the fact that LeBron James is the best player in the NBA. Period. Tonight, he had 22 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds in the FIRST HALF. He's on an amazing tear right now and seems to be getting stronger as we get deeper in the postseason.
BONUS: Check out these tweets....
Here's what a former Buckeye and a former Cavalier have to say about what they're seeing from the Cavs so far:
The most dominant player and arguably the best coach in the league isn't on the final ballot for the MVP and Coach of the year smh— Evan Turner (@thekidet) May 20, 2017
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