Game 2 has been the forte of the LeBron James in not only this postseason but all of the previous ones. After losses, especially, the superstar of the game of basketball has answered in a very big way time and time again. After a dominant victory for the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday, everyone was expecting a harsh reply from the ‘King.’ He gave it his all, scoring 42 points, but the Celtics survived and thrived.
Cleveland must have thought they were on course for the victory. They won both of the first two quarters to take a seven point lead to the break. It was no guarantee at that point, but with the best player in the game on your side and a lead, you’d have to be thinking you were going to take a victory. But that all changed quickly in the third quarter with a terrific run by the Celtics. They would outscore the Cavaliers by 14 in that quarter, going up seven. A collision for James in the second quarter didn’t help matters as he never quite looked right, and across the second half, the Celtics would outscore the hapless Cavs by 20 points.
What exactly does all of this mean? Well, here’s an important place to start. It means that Boston are unbeaten, 9-0 in these playoffs at home. If, or when, and those might be very big ifs at this stage, this series heads back to Boston, they will be huge favorites to put it away due to that. To add further to the lore of the Celtics, this legendary team has never lost after leading a series 2-0. Cleveland looked plain out tired, Boston looked fresh, and it needed to be another outcome.
It’s still not over, and LeBron could have a say in this thing and help turn it around, but his continued presence in the NBA Finals is in real jeopardy. All of this, and the team he is facing is missing their supposed two best players. If LeBron and the Cavs do indeed end up losing this series, we could be looking at him making a move to his third NBA team in an effort to defeat the very prolific Celtics next season. That could be the biggest thing to come out of this game.