Isaiah Thomas left the game at the half with a right hip strain and it did not return as the Boston Celtics were blown out by the Cleveland Cavaliers 130-86 in game 2 of the Eastern Conference final on Friday night at TD Garden in Boston.
Game 3 is set for Sunday night in Cleveland.
The final shot of the first half was indicative of how the game played out. It is unclear when he sustained the injury. The Celtics also had 21 turnovers, which led to 23 Cleveland points."It's honestly just embarrassing", guard Avery Bradley said. Mid range and total shooting efforts were heavily favouring the Cavaliers as well, who shot 56%, whereas the Celtics only connected on 37% of their shots. "I just think we have to come out and click on all cylinders". That's what I said when I went into the locker room after the game.
"It's one game. I don't care if you win by 200 points", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.
After Celtics coach Brad Stevens finished detailing the hip injury that leaves Isaiah Thomas questionable moving forward and after he tried to explain how his team had just endured the most lopsided loss by a No. 1 seed in National Basketball Association history, Stevens was asked where the Celtics go from here. Celtics players rallied around the notion that they've rallied out of an 0-2 hole once already in these playoffs, against the Chicago Bulls.
The Cavs started off hot, as LeBron James and Kevin Love were in a groove early and Kyrie Irving was right behind them, helping Cleveland jump out to a 41-point lead at halftime. Read recaps of Game 2 and Game 1 here! So we're going to focus on us, we're going to figure out ways to play better, and we're going to go after it on Sunday.
"This was a very important game for us and it was vital to get a great start and that means more than making great shots", said Irving.
On the heels of that game-changing run, James made sure the Celtics lost all hope with a sequence that took less than two minutes to unfold.
The Cavs' abundance of good shooters is a primary reason why they're averaging 116.3 points and converting on 42.6 percent of their attempts from 3-point land in the playoffs. "I've been going to war with these guys all year, and I know they're going to have their A games, as well, no matter what the outcome is".
The Cavaliers recorded their 13th consecutive playoff victory, tying the league record held by the Los Angeles Lakers (1988-89).
Cleveland has received 20-plus points from three different starters in both games this series.
- The Cavaliers have won 13 straight playoff game dating back to Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals. I know I'm going to bring it. His status is uncertain for game 3. Rookie Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 19 points off the bench.
"I believe we have another level as well".
"Their crowd gives them a lot of energy, so for us to take the crowd out of the game we take the energy from them". Most importantly I just hope that he's better.