LeBron apparently wanted the Cavs to get Jordan, and in a rare turn of events, the front office went against his wishes. James was magnificent with a 42-point triple-double (12 assists and 10 rebounds).
Hood and Clarkson are unplayable against the Celtics, and should the Cavs somehow advance, they shouldn't even be allowed near the Warriors in warmups. A team can survive an injury to a star player for a short time, but that success cannot be sustained over the long run.
The interpretation of "anything" also means mixing it up when necessary.
A lot of people have been learning a lot from the Celtics all season - from the way they responded to Hayward's catastrophic injury with 16 straight wins, to the way they finished strong after finding out Irving was done for the year.
After the game, Smart told reporters that dirty plays like this are nothing new for Smith. Both drew technical fouls.
Cleveland finds itself in the situation they didn't want to be in: down 2-0 heading home where a slow start could lead to the crowd turning on them. Today was a tremendous effort on one of the biggest stages we've all played on. We're not out there trying to hurt anybody.
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"He was born with his hands dirty", Jaylen Brown said of Smart after the Celtics' 107-94 Game 2 win over the Cavs. He can still hear the voices telling him to wipe away his tears, toughen up and step up in the family.
"We're going to see", James said, "what we're made of on Saturday". "I'm just happy he's on our side". Some nights not being to be able to eat. Love has bounced back from his slow start to play well but when three guys account for almost 80 percent of the scoring in a game, you're going to be in trouble. The burden on James's shoulders is clearly too much. The relentless pressure and intensity of the Celtics continued to wear on the Cavs, as Boston were just kicking into gear. "I'm not going to lose sleep over it", said James. You know, I didn't have that luxury.
Now, it's paying dividends for the Celtics and brewing envy within the Cavaliers. The Celtics won't beat themselves like the Raptors did at times against Cleveland, making Boston's series lead that much safer. Marcus Smart got in Smith's face after Smith pushed Horford in the back to prevent a layup.
"If it's 50/50 balls, he's going to get it".
From their seats inside the TD Garden Arena, Ted and Kimberly Williams did not marvel.
Ultimately, the decision as to when a player will return will be made by the team physician, but they will have to meet certain benchmarks in order to show that a player's physically ready to step back on the floor. Physical, strong, selfless, committed, just to name a few, but there may not be a better visual explanation than a play that occurred in the first thirty seconds of the second quarter. "I commend Smart for coming with that hard hat that he always has".
Cleveland got off to a blistering start, scoring 55 points on 21-of-41 (51.2 percent) from the field and 7-of-14 (50 percent) from 3-point range.