"But we like where we're headed". "But I don't want to put that on any one guy".
And now the Celtics stagger forward without their leading scorer and best playmaker into Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Cavs, who throttled them twice in Boston and have won 13 straight postseason games. Unfortunately, that can lead to some pretty bad moments off the field, as has just happened again in with Zaza Pachulia's family in regard to the incident in the third quarter of Game 1, in which Leonard sprained his ankle after landing on Pachulia's foot. Meanwhile, the 2017 Playoffs roll on Saturday evening as the Golden State Warriors travel to the San Antonio Spurs for Game 3 of their conference finals. During the Celtics' Game 2 loss to Cleveland on Friday night Isaiah Thomas re-aggravated a hip injury that he suffered earlier in the playoffs, and as such, the team has made the decision to shut him down.
"What Pachulia can't tolerate and what he wishes Spurs coach Gregg Popovich would have considered when he fanned the rage of so many fans by deeming the 33-year-old a dirty player and even comparing the play to "manslaughter", are the social media threats to his family that have left them all shaken". We understand that this is a good team.
Still, it was the worst home playoff loss ever for the most-decorated franchise in National Basketball Association history. Without their playmaker, the Celtics will have to rely on isolated offense from Avery Bradley and the low post game of Al Horford. Boston was led by Jaylen Brown who scored 19 points off the bench. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was an assistant in Boston and said his team reminds him of those Celtics teams with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo.More news: Celtics' Isaiah Thomas: 'I'd Be The Best Player Ever' If Taller
James, a four-time MVP, said he did not see the list before the game.
James had 22 points in the first half, when had six of his seven assists and all three of his blocked shots, including a chase-down rejection of Bradley that was reminiscent of the one against Andre Iguodala in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. "Obviously, we're here for a reason, and we've got tough-minded, competitive guys who have largely been guys that have had to really earn their way up in this league".
Celtics: Stevens started Gerald Green in place of Amir Johnson.