Although history is not on the Cavaliers side, as the Boston Celtics are an astonishing 37-0 in the playoffs when leading a series 2-0.
This week's NBA Conference Finals saw the Warriors beat the Rockets for the first game of their series to steal home court, despite a heroic effort from James Harden.
Wikimedia Commons/Keith AllisonTerry Rozier led the way with 14 points in the third quarter to spark a comeback for the Celtics, earning them a 2-0 lead in the ECF over the Cavaliers despite Lebron James' 42-point game.
Stevens, a day before Game 2, even predicted LeBron James and the Cavs to throw heavyweight punches at his boys to attain their goal of keeping what seemed a dwindling hope of tying the count alive in their home. Baynes once again came off the bench for Boston, as Brad Stevens opted to again charge Marcus Morris with the task of slowing Cleveland's number 23 down.
For Cleveland, it was a demoralising scoreline, after what was another astonishing moment in year 15 of James' career. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue accused the Celtics of "gooning it up" while Boston guard Marcus Smart referred to Smith as a "dirty player". Despite the excellent defense, James simply launched a turn around three that hit nothing but net.
"So you know, it's like a bully, you keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he's going to pick on you until you finally stand up, and that's what I tried to do".
There are certainly a lot of ways you could describe Baynes as a player.
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One option is to re-insert Korver at small forward, sit Hill and slide James to the point, where he typically plays anyway but where he'll be more susceptible to double teams and will have to work harder than he is already. There were five Celtics offensive rebounds, to none for Cleveland.
As is so often the case in basketball, the third quarter proved to be the pivotal one. But ultimately, against a Boston team that continues to impress, even James could not overcome his own teammates. But that streak ended last night in TD Garden.
And to the surprise of no one, it was once again Baynes who put himself in the right position to influence the contest. Kevin Love had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Kyle Korver had 11 points all in the first half. In what has become a regular theme for the Cavs over the course of the season, confusion once again reigned over their defensive rotations as both James and Love were drawn to the ball handler Smart, who threatened penetration off a Baynes screen.
It got back to 10 points, though, because of poor decisions made by the Cavs in Game 2. They wound up comfortable 107-94 winners and on the surface, look destined for an improbable Finals berth.
Regardless of the opinions of Bayless, Cleveland now finds itself in a 2-0 hole in the best-of-seven series.
His 42 points marked his fifth 40-point game of these play-offs. On the night, Baynes finished with nine points and six rebounds in an extremely important 17 minutes of court time.
Wikimedia Commons/Keith AllisonEven James Harden's match-leading 41 points can not put the Rockets past the combined offense of the Golden State Warriors, as the latter steals a home-court game from the first seed team on Monday, May. 14. "We're just trying to get the win". "If we win, that's all that matters", Rozier said.