Cleveland Cavaliers: Yes, it’s time to really worry! — Terry Pluto (photos)

BOSTON — LeBron James said he “wasn’t concerned” about the Cleveland Cavaliers losing the series opener against the Boston Celtics on Sunday.Well, he should be now after the Cavaliers lost, 107-94, to Boston on Tuesday in Game 2 of the best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference Finals.I can tell you about Boston being one team at home: Now 9-0 in the playoffs.And Boston being another team on the road: Now 1-4 in the playoffs.And I can tell you how the Cavs have come back before.As Tyronn Lue said before the game: “We have been in a position where no one has ever been before and come back and won.”The Cavs coach was referring to the Cavs coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the 2016 NBA Finals to beat the Golden State Warriors.But this is not 2016. And this is a Boston team that has won seven of its last eight playoff games.Lue talked about how Boston “took care of home court” and mentioned how the Cavs can come back a “different team” at home.When you have LeBron James, you have a legitimate chance to bounce back from 0-2 and upset Boston.But it will be a monumental task.James has a career 2-4 record when his team started a series, 0-2.His wins were in the 2016 NBA Finals and the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals (over Detroit).But this doesn’t look good for the Cavs, who can’t seem to match the energy or defense of Boston.The Cavs have scored 83 and 94 in their first two games against the Celtics. This is the same Cavs team that scored 110 per game in the regular season.”We have to keep our composure,” said Lue after the game.He discussed how Boston “hasn’t played that well on the road.”At this point, a coach grabs on to what he can to keep hope alive.”We have an opportunity to go home and see what we are made of,” said James after the game.THIS IS NOWJames talks about “living in the moment.”Well, the moments and chances for him to return to the NBA Finals for an eighth year in a row are slipping away.But consider this was no passive, “feel-out game” for James.”I expected to see him play with pace and force,” said Lue before the game.Not only did James play with force, but also finesse. He scored 21 of the Cavs 27 first-quarter points. He tried to set the tone. He helped the Cavs to a 55-48 lead at the half.But it wasn’t enough.James, who was 3-of-23 on 3-pointers in his previous five games, swished 4-of-7 from long range in the first quarter.For the game, he was 5-of-11 from 3-point land.But it wasn’t enough.James finished with 42 points, shooting 16-of-29 from the field. He also had 12 assists and 10 rebounds.But it wasn’t enough.Kevin Love scored 22 points. He had 15 rebounds. He played with determination.But it wasn’t enough.I can mention how James was hit in the head with four minutes left in the first half. He left the game briefly.At that point, James had 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting.For the rest of he game, he still scored 19 more points — shooting 7-of-14. But he seemed to lose a bit of his aggressiveness.But he still delivered those 42 points…And it wasn’t enough.IT HAPPENED AGAINJames has talked about “third quarters being a problem all year.”

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