2018 NBA Playoffs

Bedard: This series is all but over, and it’s because the Celtics have Marcus Smart and the Cavs don’t

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A little before the clock struck midnight on Tuesday night (and, likely, his team), Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue sat at the post-game podium and he looked like his players: tired, beaten and devoid of immediate answers on how to overcome an 0-2 series deficit after losing by an average of 19 points at TD Garden.

Then he made two statements that basically defined this non-competitive series to this point, and signaled why it could largely be over as the scene switches to Cleveland for the next two games.