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Nick Wright reveals what went wrong for Cavs despite LeBron's 42 points in Game 2 loss to Celtics

8 monthes ago   |   By Fox Sports

In his conversation with Cris Carter and Jenna Wolfe, Nick Wright reveals what went wrong for the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 despite LeBron James' 42-point triple-double in their loss to the Boston Celtics.
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Stephen Jackson grades LeBron and Cavs' performance in Game 2 loss to the Boston Celtics

Stephen Jackson grades LeBron and Cavs' performance in Game 2 loss to the Boston Celtics

8 monthes ago   |   By Fox Sports

Joining Nick Wright, Cris Carter and Jenna Wolfe in studio on First Things First, 15-year NBA veteran and champion Stephen Jackson grades LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers' performance in their game-two loss to the Boston Celtics. Do you agree with Jackson?
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Up 2-0, the Celtics are the better team, but don't count LeBron James, Cavs out just yet

Up 2-0, the Celtics are the better team, but don't count LeBron James, Cavs out just yet

8 monthes ago   |   By USA Today

The Celtics are heavy favorites to reach their first Finals since 2010, but the Cavs have been in this position before.
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Nick Wright reacts to LeBron's Cavs falling to the Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals

Nick Wright reacts to LeBron's Cavs falling to the Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals

8 monthes ago   |   By Fox Sports

In his discussion with Cris Carter and Jenna Wolfe surrounding the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, Nick Wright breaks down what went wrong for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their game-two, 107-94 loss to the Boston Celtics. Will the Cavs bounce back in Game 3?
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Celtics Legend Bill Russell Appreciated Marcus Smart Sticking Up For His Teammate

Celtics Legend Bill Russell Appreciated Marcus Smart Sticking Up For His Teammate

8 monthes ago   |   By NESN

Marcus Smart earned praise from Brad Stevens, LeBron James and probably myriad others for his performance in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night. But one plaudit stood out above the rest.
Smart was the backbone of the Celtics' comeback win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, a win that has Boston two games from the NBA Finals. The guard was all over the place, diving on loose balls, grabbing rebounds in traffic, setting up teammates and also chipping in with 11 points.
His all-around effort even caught the attention of Celtics legend Bill Russell. Most notably, Russell was...
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Celtics' Absurd Backcourt Dominance In Game 2 Summed Up In One Graphic

8 monthes ago   |   By NESN

BOSTON - The Cleveland Cavaliers received very little scoring production from their starting backcourt of George Hill and J.R. Smith in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, and Game 2 was no different.
Hill and Smith combined for just nine points on 4-for-13 shooting in the series opener, which the Cavs lost 108-83. This backcourt duo played even worse in the Cavs' 107-94 loss Tuesday night in Game 2 at TD Garden, as ESPN Stats and Info detailed in the following tweet.
The Celtics starting backcourt of Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown outscored the Cavaliers backcourt of George Hill and...
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2018 NBA Draft: Cavs' Potential Trade Targets and Packages After Lottery Results

8 monthes ago   |   By Bleacher Report

Nearly nine months after the Cleveland Cavaliers obtained the Brooklyn Nets ' unprotected first-round pick from the Boston Celtics , we finally know where they'll be selecting...
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Marcus Smart: Celtics ‘Still the Underdogs'

Marcus Smart: Celtics ‘Still the Underdogs'

8 monthes ago   |   By SLAMonline

The Boston Celtics have the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 2-0 stranglehold, but as the Eastern Conference Finals shift to Ohio for Games 3 and 4, Marcus Smart wants his teammates to retain an underdog's mentality.
Boston withstood LeBron James ‘ 42-point explosion in Game 2, as it held off the Cavs in a 107-94 win.
Jaylen Brown led the way for the C's with 23 points.
Per the AP :
Boston improved to 9-0 this postseason at TD Garden. The Celtics have never blown a 2-0 series lead in the playoffs.
“We're going to fight,” Rozier said. “At this point we don't care if we win by half a point. If we...
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Cavs-Celtics: Should J.R. Smith have been tossed for flagrant foul against Al Horford?

8 monthes ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers' playoff run reached an inflection point Tuesday in a 107-94 loss to the Boston Celtics, and frustration appeared to take over on an ugly foul committed late in the game by guard J.R. Smith. The Cavs, in the midst of a 39-point second half while blowing a seven-point halftime lead, were running out of time against a Celtics team that had wrested control of the game with a chance to take a 2-0 series lead. With just under four minutes to play, Boston forced a Cavs defensive switch that left Al Horford with a clear path to the basket and a lob pass from Marcus Smart.
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Celtics charge to 2-0 lead over Cavs

Celtics charge to 2-0 lead over Cavs

8 monthes ago   |   By Yahoo Sports

Jaylen Brown totaled 23 points and seven rebounds to help the Boston Celtics take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals with a 107-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. Terry Rozier scored 18 points, Al Horford added 15 points and 10 boards, Marcus Morris had 12 points and both Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart contributed 11 for the Celtics, who were 108-83 winners Sunday in Game 1. LeBron James recorded 42 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, marking his NBA-record 17th career playoff game with 30 points and 10 assists.
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