It's not helping that the C's look overwhelmed, and are missing shots they made all season.
Game 2 was a demonstration of the Cavaliers' complete arsenal of weapons - all clicking together as a cohesive and fine-tuned machine.
But the Celtics clearly were stung by another lackluster performance in Friday's Game 2.
Even if the Celtics can figure out how to improve on the glass or get Isaiah Thomas warmed up, they still don't have an answer for the King - and if Kyle Korver, J.R. Smith or Channing Frye start heating up from outside, that task will get even tougher.
The Celtics are down 0-2 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the series.
"I think the best part about it from all of our standpoints was how inspiring it's been to have a guy that's done all this and accomplished all this and is willing to literally go out and leave it all out there", Stevens said. We played probably better than the score indicated in [Game 1], but we obviously played one of our worst games you could play [in Game 2].
Take a look at the San Antonio Spurs without Kawhi Leonard. But with open shots finding comfort in clanking off the rim, their inability to keep up with Cleveland's offense sends them in a self-defeating spiral of frustration.
After Wednesday's Game 1 loss, the Celtics pledged to start faster and be more competitive.
It's over for the Celtics. The biggest thing for us is defensively, do what we do. Coupled with how good they are and how well they've played, that's going to be a bad deal.
They've completely shut down the interior game of Boston. The guys are really down. Any shot he's put up has been challenged.
James essentially mocked both philosophies in Game 2. Could there be a little extra motivation after the whole Kelly Olynyk debacle in 2015? He was named second-team All-NBA and managed to get the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals.
However, it goes without saying that LeBron James has been the best player throughout the entire playoffs. The 28-year-old immediately became the face of the franchise.
He has been a man among boys out there. Thomas flew out to Tacoma twice during the Celtics' first round series against Chicago, the second time to speak at his sister's funeral.
Thomas left it all on the floor, and paid the price. As for finishing fourth in the MVP voting, James wondered, "Fourth?"
If Friday was a joyous occasion for the Cavs, it was a nightmare for Celtics fans, and the funereal mood even got to the usually irrepressible Gronk.
Breaking records and Boston hearts, the defending National Basketball Association champions continued an unblemished romp through these playoffs - and on course to clash again with Golden State in the Finals - on Friday night with a 130-86 win that was so thoroughly dominating that James sat out the final quarter.
However, the addition of Hayward would obviously help but it alone wouldn't move the needle enough to where they could come close to looking the Cavs eye-to-eye if the two met again in the postseason next year.
Beating the Cavs on the road will be a whole different ball game, but Avery Bradley is ready to take on the challenge. We could be in for an epic one.