Last night Lebron was awarded the MVP of the season, but amid all the celebration the Celtics have other plans for the game. They are making some adjustments to their strategy to seize the day and in the end evened the series in an 18-point game. Rajon Rondo had an outstanding performance with not only a career high of 19 assists, tying the franchise record, and 13 points. Ray Allen also had a spectacular night, with 22 points, 3 of the 7 shots from the three point line. Kevin Garnet had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul Pierce's humble contribution of 14 points was one of the key factors in last night's win for the Boston Celtics, as was Rasheed Wallace's support of 17 points coming right out from the bench.
For the home team, Lebron James has a regular night, so to speak; 24 points and 7 rebounds (6 points below his season average and almost 8 from the playoff average) but this wasn't enough and the performance of the rest of the team was deficient. Antawn Jamison had 16 points, Mo Willians 4 points and 7 assist, and O'Neal 4 rebounds and 9 Points. The Cleveland Cavaliers lacked the edge and effort of previous games and they were crushed under the offensive game of Boston.
The Celtics made some adjustments facing this game, playing a stronger defense and not letting the point lead vanish like in the first game. Unlike of the defense focused team they seemed to try putting in the court last Saturday, this time the Celtics relied more on their offense to crush the Cavaliers, but without abandoning the defense.
The gap between both teams became more obvious during the third quarter, when Rondo got 7 of his 19 assists and Boston outscored Cleveland 31-12. Boston got called for foul 31 times while Cleveland did only 16, showing that Boston was the more physical team. They were more into the game than the Cavaliers. Kevin Garnet represented a huge threat and became double-teamed in a lot of plays, which created an advantage for his teammates, making gaps in the Cavaliers' defense. This was used by Rasheed Wallace to get some of his 17 points.
Cleveland as a team never seemed to warm up and get in the zone, not even King James, and Mo Willians particularly was way behind his previous game performance (20 points/6 assist in game 1). For the following game Cleveland needs to warm up, get to the zone and work a lot harder than last night if they plan to stay alive in the long and bumpy road of the playoffs.