On a night when LeBron James was snubbed with regard to the 2016-2017 NBA MVP race, the Cleveland Cavaliers left absolutely nothing to chance. In fact, Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals match-up against the Boston Celtics was over well before halftime, to the point where the great majority of the basketball world was simply cackling during the stretch run of the second quarter.
In short, it was a thoroughly dominant first-half performance that doubled as the largest spread in postseason history and the showing even made history for a player with the lengthy resumé of excellence that LeBron James possesses.
Are the Cavaliers actually forty points better than the Celtics over a 24-minute period? Probably not. With that said, the first half of Game 2 did serve as a reminder that the disparity between Cleveland and everyone else in the league remains quite stark, even as James nears the completion of his 14th NBA season.