The present fear in Boston is that losing on Friday night could effectively end the series.
Sir Charles clearly had no idea how right he would be.
The Cleveland Cavaliers set an National Basketball Association record on Friday night by opening a 41-point halftime lead over the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. "We kind of go through the regular season progression of how good they are and then in March and April we've got to answer all the questions about what's wrong with Cleveland, and it's like, they're going to be fine, and now they're who they are". "It's tough to cover 6 points on the road regardless of the situation, but with the Celtics in the spot they're in, I'll take my chances with them".
Popular topics included Isaiah Thomas' comparison between the Cavs and the Monstars team in the Michael Jordan film "Space Jam", re-naming the Boston Massacre and LeBron James' snub in the league MVP voting. Can the Celtics and head coach Brad Stevens make the needed adjustments to pull off the upset? "Just like (Shaquille O'Neal), you can give him the MVP every season, if you want to".
Asked where his team goes from here, Stevens wryly responded, "Cleveland". "They play their traditional way".
All-Star Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas aggravated a hip injury in the first half of Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, sat out the second half, and is uncertain for Sunday's Game 3. Hip strain aside, Thomas has been completely engulfed.
Cleveland led by a record 41 points at the half, and by 46 after three quarters. "And that's the reason why we're riding him so much", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, 40, said after the game.
But Stevens said Thomas' absence was "not 44 points-worth" of difference in the game.
"I am a guy that lives in the moment". "Ultimately, they were terrific".
The win was the 13th straight playoff victory for the Cavs, who have not lost since Game 4 of last year's NBA Finals.
James, the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1970) with eight straight 30-point playoff games, and the rest of the Cleveland starters were pulled with 1:47 left in the third quarter.
For the game Boston shot just 37 percent (32 of 86) from the field and 29 percent (8 of 27) from beyond the arc. We played probably better than the score indicated in [Game 1], but we obviously played one of our worst games you could play [in Game 2]. I mean, they definitely showed a few bodies that was aggressive on me, but that's nothing I haven't seen this whole year.