Key: Changing of the Guard
Whether they came into the contest struggling from the floor or not, just about every Cavalier warmed up on Friday night in Boston.
Kyrie Irving went 4-of-11 from the floor in the Game 1 opener, but he looked like Uncle Drew again on Friday night, notching 23 points – the 32nd 20-plus point Playoff game of his career – finishing 8-of-11 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from long-range.
With his 22nd point on Friday night, the four-time All-Star became just the second player in Cavaliers history to notch 1,000 career Playoff points.
Kyrie still hasn’t completely found his stroke – shooting 42 percent from the floor and just 29 percent from beyond the arc in the postseason. But if he can parlay Friday night’s performance through the rest of the Playoffs, the Wine and Gold could very well be hoisting the hardware in June.
With Isaiah Thomas sidelined, the Celtics will likely turn to Marcus Smart at the point, with Youngstown native, Terry Rozier coming off the bench.