Morning Shootaround: The Claw Strikes Back
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After suffering a humiliating loss in Game 1, the Toronto Raptors walked into the Quicken Loans Arena...for yet another humiliating loss in Game 2. LeBron James scored 39 points on 10-for-14 shooting from the floor, leaving six freebies at the line (15-for-21 from the charity stripe). Kyrie Irving added 22 points along with 11 assists in the Cavaliers 125-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Channing Frye added 18 points of his own, picking the Raptors defense apart with his three point shooting (7-for-9).

As for Toronto? Three players scored at least 20 points and none of them were named DeMar DeRozan, who finished with 5 points on 2-for-11 shooting, despite playing a team-high 31 minutes. Three-point shooting made all the difference, as the Cavaliers shot 54.5%, outscoring the Raptors by 39 points from deep. The Cavaliers now hold a 2-0 lead heading into Toronto on Friday, May 5th.


After handing the Spurs one of the biggest ass-whoopings in playoff history in Game 1, the Rockets had engine failure in Game 2. They never got going. The Spurs had an answer for every juncture of the game. Houston had zero players score more than 20 points and their leading scorer was Ryan Anderson--who was blazing hot. Seriously, he was perfect from the floor for a good chunk of the game. However, James Harden shot 3-for-17 and you'll never believe who was guarding him.

Incredibly, on the other end, he was just as brilliant. Kawhi Leonard finished with 34 points on 13-for-16 shooting. He also grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 7 assists. He annihilated the Spurs on offense, while shutting down Harden and committing zero fouls in the game. The Spurs defeated the Rockets 121-96, largely with the help of Tony Parker, who finished with 18 points. However, all wasn't well for the Spurs as Parker injured his left knee in the game. The injury occurred as Parker went up for a floater in the lane. He immediately went down grabbing onto his left knee and was escorted off the court. Parker underwent an MRI today. He's been diagnosed with a ruptured left quadriceps tendon and will miss the rest of the playoffs. No timeline has been given for a return.


When the Sun falls, then the Moonlight:

The Celtics head down to Washington tonight with a 2-0 lead, following a 53-point performance in Game 2 by Isaiah Thomas. The same thriller that saw Thomas score 29 in the fourth quarter and overtime alone. Bradley Beal was non-existent in Game 2 and will be desperately needed by the Wizards. Despite John Wall's brilliance throughout the playoffs, finishing Game 2 with 40 and 13, Washington doesn't stand much of a chance if they cannot contain Thomas and his late-game heroics. The Wizards led most of Game 2, leading by as much as 14. However, their inability to tame Thomas in the 4th quarter led to a Boston comeback and overtime. Then, of course, they went on to lose the game. However, Washington won both of their meetings at home versus the Celtics during the regular season.

BOS @ WAS | 8:00 PM ET on ESPN

The Jazz get their second shot at the Warriors and, to be quite frank, this won't be a game if Utah shoots poorly again. Gordon Hayward struggled in Game 1 and the Jazz were incredibly cold to start and finish the game. It's hard to imagine Utah winning a single game in this series, especially on the road. But if they plan on stealing one back home, they ought to start warming up before the Warriors bust out the broom and dust pan.

UTAH @ GSW | 10:30 PM ET on ESPN

Lines of the Night:

Kawhi Leonard: 34 points (13-for-16) | 7 rebounds | 8 assists | 3 steals

*LeBron James: 39 points (10-for-14) | 6 rebounds | 4 assists | 3 steals*

Jonas Valanciunas: 23 points (10-for-13) | 5 rebounds

Ryan Anderson: 18 points (7-for-9) | 8 rebounds


*LeBron James surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NBA's all-time scoring list for the playoffs. James now sits in second place, 300 points behind Michael Jordan. Assuming he averages 20 points per game for the rest of the playoffs and he loses a game or two, he could sit atop the throne come June.*