This must go down in history as being one of the worst second rounds of any NBA playoffs in history (unless you're a fan of the Magic, Lakers or Suns, all of whom swept their second round series in highly uncompetitive fashion, save for a few seconds of inspired play by the Jazz in the third game of the Lakers series). The only match-up that has been at all interesting has been the one between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and that's mainly because Cavs superstar LeBron James hasn't quite played up to his usual elevated self in most of the games (which has allowed young Celtics star Rajon Rondo to play like a demon in a handful of breakout performances).
The two teams headed into Game Five on Tuesday night (May 11) tied at two games a piece with a clean slate, and while most people thought the Cavs would be outrunning the older Celtics, the Celtics utterly destroyed them on their home court. The final score was 120-88, and it may not have even been that close. James had one of the worst games of his career, sinking only three of the 14 shots he took (including missing all four three-pointers he put up), while Celtics veteran Ray Allen drained 25 points. Rondo added 16 (all of which came in the second half) and Paul Pierce had a killer night with 18 points and 11 rebounds. With the blowout set in stone, James didn't play the final four minutes of the game — long after many of the embarrassed Cleveland fans had left.
The series continues on Thursday night (May 13) back in Boston. Since James is headed into free agency, it's possible that Tuesday night was his final game in a Cavaliers uniform. Will he be "Missing Cleveland" if his season ends tomorrow night? The NBA world waits with baited breath.