When Brad Stevens hit the podium after the Game 2 loss, he elaborated on the situation.
LeBron James delivered 38 points and Kevin Love had a career playoff high 32 as the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers opened their Eastern Conference final series with a blowout win on Wednesday.
Game 2 was a demonstration of the Cavaliers' complete arsenal of weapons - all clicking together as a cohesive and fine-tuned machine. James also tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's mark of 10 straight games with 25 points and 50 percent or better shooting, set in 1970.
Thomas acknowledged after Game 7 that he had been playing through some nagging injuries, although this is fairly common for a player with his usage rate this deep into the postseason.
The alternative would be to go back to the lineup they used to start the second half and risk Johnson being singled-out in the pick-and-roll as James or Irving attempt to get a step on him from the perimeter. We'll see what kind of team we are in how we respond.
"We can get better", James said. We understand that this is a good team.
"I look at LeBron like Shaq; I think every year he's the MVP, and you can give him the award every year if you wanted to".
Swept isn't a word the Celtics want to hear right now, but it's a sobering reality, particularly if Thomas is unable to go in Game 3.
The Celtics team had its heart ripped out for the second game in a row at the Boston Garden.
Embarrassing. Humiliating. Disconcerting. There is an endless supply of adjectives that could be used to described what the Cavaliers did to the Celtics in Game 2.
"We've been having this talk for a long time now, but he's playing at an unbelievable level and he's really setting the tone early for us in these games", Tyronn Lue said afterward.
Fultz and Thomas would make a threatening backcourt partnership for the future as both could well improve each other's game.
Games 3 and 4 will be Sunday and Tuesday in Cleveland, where the Celtics will fight to regain their pride and stave off elimination. "I think ultimately they were terrific, we were poor", Stevens said. We can get better and that's a positive for our ball club.
"I hope not", he said.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be looking to stay undefeated in these playoffs after making light work of the Celtics in Game 2. He proceeded to notch 29 points and 12 assists in the series clincher, but tweaked the issue against the Cavaliers. "No matter what the outcome is, everyone else is going to come out and play as hard as they can". No matter what defensive look the Celtics threw at James-Boston switched to a pack line, zone-like defense in the second quarter-James managed to beat whichever Celtic stood in front of him.