The Boston Celtics dropped the first two games at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now their only hope to stay alive is to win a game in Cleveland. The Celtics and Cavaliers met four times during the regular season and Cleveland came away with three of the four wins. The sole win for the Celtics was a home game, so these stats already aren’t boding well for them. Not to mention, the Boston Celtics announced that Isaiah Thomas is out for the remainder of the playoffs.
“The Boston Celtics today announced that Isaiah Thomas will miss the remainder of this year’s postseason following re-aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland. Thomas initially injured the hip during the third quarter of the Celtics’ March 15 game against Minnesota, forcing him to miss the next two regular season contests. The injury was further aggravated during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Washington on May 12.”
Losing Isaiah Thomas is rough for the Celtics considering that with him, the Cavaliers beat them by 13 points in Game 1 and by 44 points in Game 2. The main difference in Game 2 was that Thomas went out in the second half. It was the worst loss that the Celtics have ever suffered in the playoffs. For the Cavaliers, they scored the most points in franchise history for a playoff game. It was also their largest postseason margin for a win. Not to mention, they also set the record for largest margin at halftime in the postseason thanks to J.R. Smith chucking up a shot that managed to go in.
With Thomas out, the Celtics are in big trouble. The Cavaliers have all of their big-name players healthy, and based on the previous win margins, it’s hard to see them dropping a game at home unless something drastic happens. For instance, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and Tristan Thompson would all need to end up out of the game for one reason or another if the Celtics want to win. Or every Celtics player not named Isaiah Thomas needs to have the game of their lives all on the same night. Basically, it’s a fairly slim chance that the Celtics will see a win while they’re away.
The Celtics had a great run this season and at the end of Game 2, it felt like even their fans knew the season was over. The ones who remained after the blowout game gave the Celtics a standing ovation as they headed back to the locker room. It was well deserved considering the Celtics grabbed the No. 1 seed and played a great series against the Washington Wizards prior to this series against the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers, on the other hand, are on a huge roll. They haven’t lost a single game in the playoffs and it’s given them a lot of time to rest up and remain healthy throughout their run to the NBA Finals. With Golden State doing the same, it’s likely those two will meet again soon. The Cavaliers have shown that they can compete even if they’re down one of their main players. There’s no doubt that they can easily finish off this series. That’s a bit of a weird thing to say considering how good the Celtics were this season, but it’s true. The Cavaliers didn’t need the No. 1 seed or home court advantage to make their way to the Finals.
The Celtics have some work to do, but they should be proud of their progress as a team. The Cavaliers, however, are exactly where they want to be.
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