Welp. The Cleveland Cavaliers utterly embarrassed the Boston Celtics in Boston last night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals and leave everyone with the sense of the inevitable. The Cavs dominated both games, mostly with an offense that generates terrific shots both inside and outside the arc, and flawless execution. They have shot 52 percent over two games and only turned it over 20 times, while also stifling the Celtics at the other end.
It’s not helping that the C’s look overwhelmed, and are missing shots they made all season. Isaiah Thomas has been taken out of the series entirely, and missed the second half with a hip injury that has been bothering him for a couple of games. The Cavs had rendered him completely ineffective with hard traps that the Celtics haven’t taken advantage of. Their secondary scorers—Avery Bradley and Al Horford—have not been efficient, and the Cavs jumped out in both games and cruised.
The story is, of course, LeBron James, who at age 32 is playing at peak level. After roughly 50,000 minutes combined between regular and post-season play during his 14 year career, he is putting on a display that reminds us that he is still the best in the league when he is in top gear. It’s amazing, and adds to the compelling case that James is the greatest player in NBA history.
Meanwhile, the Warriors are back in action against the Spurs after winning the first two games at home. The Kawhi Leonard injury has been the story of this one, as the Spurs led game one by 23 when he went out injured, and have been outscored by about 60 points in the 5 and a half quarters since. This post-season has been pretty dismal, with very few close games or close series, and a seeming inevitability to outcomes that the Leonard injury merely enhanced.
So, you should watch the Lynx. They are in Dallas this evening at 7:00 pm after winning their first two games of the season, primarily thanks to some excellent defense. Maya Moore has yet to get rolling on offense, but she will eventually. It’s shaping up to be another successful and entertaining season for the Lynx.
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