Bad habits hard to break for Cavaliers

READY TO THROW DOWN Le Bron James eyes the rim as he goes up for a dunk during warmups for last night’s Game 2 at the Garden

"It was an embarrassing effort by the Cavaliers in the second half". The Celtics' youth has been an advantage so far in this series, as the Cavs have looked a step slow in both games.

The Celtics, who overcame a double-digit deficit, have never blown a 2-0 lead in the post-season. The Indians, in not acting to fortify (primarily because of financial constraints) what had been the most unique and reliable piece of the last two years, let the hole in the pen remain.The Cavs, in trading their second-best player without getting the return he was worth, failed by commission, acting when some would say no action was the best course. The King may have had 'Zero level of concern' following game 1 of the series when he underwhelmed in a 15-point performance as his primary defender Marcus Morris outscored him. Boston has been solid at the charity stripe as they sink 77.1 percent of their chances. Stephen Curry, who was limited to 18 points and one out of five from the arc, now looks forward to the home game this Wednesday, May 16, in Oracle Arena. Cleveland had 15 turnovers leading to 13 Boston points and the Celtics had just six turnovers. That lead swelled to 7 points at halftime as Kyle Korver had a hot shooting streak in which he scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting. With all this in mind, every indication would suggest that Aron Baynes may be heading back to the second NBA Finals series of his career.

Cleveland was very bad in Game 1, much like they were against in in the opening round of the playoffs.

The focus should be on Clarkson, Nance and Hood - three young players whose February acquisitions fooled many of us into believing Koby Altman had one heck of a trade deadline. Cleveland did exactly that: for a half.

They are finding life in the playoffs is more hard without Irving, who at times carried Cleveland's offense, giving James a break and Lue a dependable second scoring option.

"It's a big win for us tonight, but there's a lot of work to do", the two-time MVP said.

The Cavaliers have improved shooting the ball in the postseason: after hitting only 43.1 percent as a team from the field against the Pacers, they are now shooting 45.8 percent in the playoffs.

It started with Lue, whose questionable rotation management returned at the worst possible time. Kevin Love is chipping in about 20 but that only gets the Cavs to about 60 points.

Smart confronted Smith after the play, which not only got Horford fired up, but got Smart amped up and ignited an otherwise nervous crowd.

On offense, James is the only player Boston has reason to fear, particularly in late-game situations. "We've got one another's backs, that's it". James, as great of a player as he is, can't carry a team to a seven game series win against a top-tier opponent without some help.

Much of the credit goes to Brad Stevens, who might be the best head coach in the entire league.

Points improvement from Cavaliers star LeBron James' 15 points in the Eastern Conference Finals opener against Boston. Cleveland shot poorly from outside in Game 1, and in Game 2, started hot from downtown, connecting on seven of its first 14 threes.

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