Love won a Championship with Cleveland a year after his move.
Key Moment

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been dominant during the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals. So dominant, in fact, that they have never trailed.

Similar to Game 1 Wednesday night, when Cleveland jumped out to a commanding 22-9 lead, they dominated from the jump during Friday’s Game 2. The Cavs scored the game’s first six points and pulled ahead 23-10 by the 3:38 mark of the quarter.

Cleveland opened up the game by making eight of its first 14 field-goal attempts, including three of its six 3-pointers. The team also shot 4-for-5 from the free-throw line as it built its early 13-point advantage.

A 13-point lead is certainly not insurmountable for a team like the Celtics. However, Boston showed no signs they believed they could stage a comeback.

The Cavs poured it on as the rest of the night unfolded. They pulled ahead by as many as 50 points en route to a 130-86 victory.

Now only one question remains: how much fight will the Celtics put forth Sunday night in Cleveland?

Let’s hope it’s infinitely more than they did during Games 1 and 2 here in Boston.

Key Player

Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue warned Friday morning that Kyrie Irving was “primed to go off”.

He was right.

Irving bounced back from a rough Game 1, during which he was just 4-for-11 from the field en route to 11 points, with a fantastic effort Friday night. Cleveland’s All-Star point guard tallied 23 points while playing just 29 minutes for the Cavs.

He attempted the same amount of shots – 11 – during Game 2 as he did during Game 1, but he made twice as many shots – four to eight. Irving shot 3-for-6 from long distance on the night.

There wasn’t much else that Irving did, as he tallied only three assists and a rebound, a block and a steal, but he didn’t need to do much else. His shooting was a key spark to Cleveland’s second consecutive dominant performance.

Box Score Nuggets

– Boston shot only 37.2 percent from the field compared to Cleveland’s 56.5 percent.

– Three Cavs (LeBron James with 30, Kyrie Irving with 23, and Kevin Love with 21) scored at least 21 points.

– Meanwhile, Jaylen Brown’s 19 points led Boston.

– Cleveland led by as many as 50 points.

– The Cavs scored 40 points in the paint and also received 40 points from their bench.

– No player in the game dished out more than seven assists.

– Love’s 12 rebounds were a game high.

– Boston committed 20 turnovers, amassed by 11 players.

– James blocked a game-high three shots, while Al Horford blocked two for Boston.

– Cleveland’s 19 made 3-pointers were more than double the amount of Boston’s eight.

– The Cs made 14 of their 15 free-throws while Cleveland shot just 15-for-23.

– Thirteen Celtics appeared in the game, and Kelly Olynyk was the only member of the team who did not score a point.

– James and Marcus Smart tied for the game high in assists with seven apiece.

Quote of the Night

“He wasn’t very good at understanding what I was going through.”—Brad Stevens on his postgame meeting with Geno Auriemma.

By Marc D’Amico for

First appeared on Global


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