Boston Celtics Had The Kind Of Marquee Win Over The Cleveland Cavaliers You Dream About
The Boston Celtics have been atrocious against teams named Cavaliers, Wizards, Raptors. But on Wednesday night they shook of their demons and this gritty Celtics team defeated LeBron James and the Cav’s 103-99 on national television.
Facing a two-point deficit, Marcus Smart drew back-to-back offensive fouls against the Cavaliers before Jae Crowder drained a 3-pointer under two minutes to go. Then, it was Avery Bradley’s turn as he drained a 3-pointer on the other end to keep Boston ahead.
Out of a Cavaliers timeout, Cleveland set up Kyle Korver for an open 3-pointer before Thomas drained his only field goal of the fourth quarter with a 25 foot 3-point shot. Cav’s guard Kyrie Irving responded with a layup to tie the game before IT drew a shooting foul and drained a pair of free-throws to put the C’s ahead, 101-99.
“I think the biggest thing: I went into the game thinking, and told our guys this afternoon, and just told them now, I wasn’t as concerned about the result,” Stevens said. “I just wanted to play with a real purpose possession to possession and maximize as many of those as possible. Let the chips fall where they may. We did a better job with that tonight than we have in a lot of games this year, which is required when you play a team of this caliber. And hopefully we can keep doing that when we go on the road.”
— Celtics Junkies (@CelticsJunkies) March 2, 2017
When the Celtics called upon Bradley to come into the game cold in the fourth quarter in his second game back and he delivered one of the grittiest performances you might see from a Celtics player all season. He came in cold and on top of hitting the previously mentioned clutch 3-pointer he was the defender on Irving with time expiring in the fourth quarter. AB was on Iriving like glue, his defensive stand is what can win a championship and that is something Boston cannot afford to lose anytime soon.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 2, 2017
This was a good win for the Celtics but the Cav’s are a battered team right now with a player like Kevin Love out for the foreseeable future. For the C’s knowing they can beat Cleveland is a big deal for their confidence and in a potential playoff series. It is worth mentioning that this is only the 19th time the C’s have out rebounded their opponent, and in those 19 games they possess an 18-1 record.
Now Boston will travel to the west coast to take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.