NBA Will Not Discipline Cavaliers Guard JR Smith For Shoving Al Horford

NBA Will Not Discipline Cavaliers Guard JR Smith For Shoving Al Horford

Play at home, win at home.

But if Lue wants to keep thinking the Celtics are goons when all they're really doing is playing the feisty, aggressive basketball that his Cavaliers are not playing, there's a chance this series won't be returning to Boston. After what we saw in the first two games, one would be hard pressed to find a Cavalier (outside of LeBron James) that doesn't belong on a list like this.

On Tuesday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, Cavaliers star LeBron James almost overcame a focused, disciplined Boston defense with 21 first-quarter points and a 42-point, 12-assist, 10-rebound triple-double.

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.

Moments after Morris' exultation, Marcus Smart, whose hustle and energy proved vital throughout the game, hit a go-ahead 3-pointer. After a 25-point lambasting in the opener, Lue altered his frontcourt by putting Tristan Thompson with the first five and bringing Kyle Korver off the bench.

Jaylen Brown led the team with 23 points, but six Celtics were in the double digits by the time the final buzzer sounded. "I understand why they gave me a flag there".

James added 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

There are certainly a lot of ways you could describe Baynes as a player. 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. But ultimately, against a Boston team that continues to impress, even James could not overcome his own teammates.

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"You know, and I just looked at it, Al is a defenseless person".

And to the surprise of no one, it was once again Baynes who put himself in the right position to influence the contest. Sit him and risk never getting him back. And it's left the Cavs with two opening losses in this series, the first time James has faced an 0-2 deficit against an East foe since 2008. His 42 points marked his fifth 40-point game of this postseason.

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.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said, "We'll be better going back home". The Cavaliers were in control all of the first half, quieting the crowd as they held a seven point lead going into halftime. "If we win, that's all that matters".

He's not wrong. Prior to tipoff, the question was if the Celtics would be able to withstand the inevitable incoming LeBron onslaught.

It took the Houston Rockets the entire regular season to secure the first seed and the home court advantage that came with it. So being down 0-2, the Cavaliers should have some level of concern, but don't count them out yet. 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.

"They've shown they haven't played that well on the road (1-4)".

Lue made the comments after Tuesday night's Game 2, a 107-94 Celtics win.

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