Cleveland Cavaliers: Yes, it's time to unequivocally worry! — Terry Pluto (photos)

BOSTON — LeBron James pronounced he “wasn’t concerned” about a Cleveland Cavaliers losing a array opener opposite a Boston Celtics on Sunday.

Well, he should be now after a Cavaliers lost, 107-94, to Boston on Tuesday in Game 2 of a best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

I can tell we about Boston being one group during home: Now 9-0 in a playoffs.

And Boston being another group on a road: Now 1-4 in a playoffs.

And we can tell we how a Cavs have come behind before.

As Tyronn Lue pronounced before a game: “We have been in a position where no one has ever been before and come behind and won.”

The Cavs manager was referring to a Cavs entrance behind from a 3-1 necessity in a 2016 NBA Finals to kick a Golden State Warriors.

But this is not 2016. And this is a Boston group that has won 7 of a final 8 playoff games.

Lue talked about how Boston “took caring of home court” and mentioned how a Cavs can come behind a “different team” during home.

When we have LeBron James, we have a legitimate possibility to rebound behind from 0-2 and dissapoint Boston.

But it will be a staggering task.

James has a career 2-4 record when his group started a series, 0-2.

His wins were in a 2016 NBA Finals and a 2007 Eastern Conference Finals (over Detroit).

But this doesn’t demeanour good for a Cavs, who can’t seem to compare a appetite or invulnerability of Boston.

The Cavs have scored 83 and 94 in their initial dual games opposite a Celtics. This is a same Cavs group that scored 110 per diversion in a unchanging season.

“We have to keep a composure,” pronounced Lue after a game.

He discussed how Boston “hasn’t played that good on a road.”

At this point, a manager grabs on to what he can to keep wish alive.

“We have an event to go home and see what we are done of,” pronounced James after a game.


James talks about “living in a moment.”

Well, a moments and chances for him to lapse to a NBA Finals for an eighth year in a quarrel are slipping away.

But cruise this was no passive, “feel-out game” for James.

“I approaching to see him play with gait and force,” pronounced Lue before a game.

Not usually did James play with force, though also finesse. He scored 21 of a Cavs 27 first-quarter points. He attempted to set a tone. He helped a Cavs to a 55-48 lead during a half.

But it wasn’t enough.

James, who was 3-of-23 on 3-pointers in his prior 5 games, swished 4-of-7 from prolonged operation in a initial quarter.

For a game, he was 5-of-11 from 3-point land.

But it wasn’t enough.

James finished with 42 points, sharpened 16-of-29 from a field. He also had 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

But it wasn’t enough.

Kevin Love scored 22 points. He had 15 rebounds. He played with determination.

But it wasn’t enough.

I can discuss how James was strike in a conduct with 4 mins left in a initial half. He left a diversion briefly.

At that point, James had 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting.

For a rest of he game, he still scored 19 some-more points — sharpened 7-of-14. But he seemed to remove a bit of his aggressiveness.

But he still delivered those 42 points…

And it wasn’t enough.


James has talked about “third buliding being a problem all year.”

It happened again.

The Cavs were outscored, 36-22, in a third quarter.

Shaker Heights product Terry Rozier had 14 points for Boston in that third quarter, after carrying usually dual points during a half.

George Hill had vital issues defensively with Rozier.

In fact, a Cavs starting guards were officious awful.

J.R. Smith and Hill sum to measure 3 points and shot 1-of-11 from a field.

Give them 3 points in 60 minutes!

Smith was ostensible to be fortifying Jaylen Brown, and he scored 23 for Boston.

Add in Rodney Hood, who played 10 suggestive mins and didn’t take a singular shot. Zero points. Zero production.

So give a contingent of Hill/Smith/Hood usually 3 points in 70 minutes.

Hood did make a basket after a emanate was staid and a benches were cleared.


The Cavs were a weak-to-embarrassing defensive group for many of a season.

Boston had usually 5 turnovers all night. Cavs dais actor Jeff Green had 5 turnovers to compare a Boston group total.

The Celtic dais played 66 mins and didn’t have a singular turnover.

How’s that for vigour defense?

The Cavs like to “lock in” and “take away” a opponent’s heading scorer.

But Boston has too many options.

In a initial half, Jaylen Brown led Boston with 16 points.

In a third quarter, Rozier scored 14 points.

In a fourth quarter, Al Horford scored eight.

“They had all 5 starters in double figures,” pronounced Love. “Their turn of activity is impressive.”

When it mattered, a Cavs were out-hustled. They were clearly jarred by a crowd, that was rocking all of New England.

“It’s all about responding,” pronounced Boston manager Brad Stevens. “LeBron was incredible, generally in a initial half. The other group is going to have moments. We were means to continue a storm.”

The Cavs have not been means to do that opposite Boston — being outscored, 59-39, in a second half was a latest example.

The array is not over. But a Cavs had improved figure some things out, or their deteriorate will be entrance to an finish really soon.

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