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I’ d love to say the C’s got a big revenge victory against the Cavs, but that just didn’t happen in their 80-70 victory Sunday afternoon (NBA.com Box Score). Ray Allen led all scores with 20 points. The only other Celtic in double figures was Rajon Rondo, who had 12 points.
The Cavs were playing without LeBron James, who torched the Celtics for 38 points and 13 assists in the teams’ last meeting Nov. 27. LeBron led the Cavs to a 109-104, overtime victory over the Celtics, handing them their 2nd defeat of the season. Without LeBron, the Cavs mustered only 70 points against the Celtics’ league-leading defense.
Thus, the Cavs aren’t really the Cavs without James. The Celtics beat what would probably be a 35-win team if LeBron were not there. Despite earning the victory, I was not impressed by the play of the Celtics. Perhaps it’s all these back-to-backs in the early part of the season, but they seemed rather sluggish.
They will definitely need to play better if they want to keep their hot streak alive. The C’s are a perfect 9-0 at the TD Banknorth Garden this season, and they will look to extend that streak this Friday against the Raptors. First though, the Celtics get to rest for a couple of days before traveling to Philadelphia to face the 76ers. They are definitely looking like they need the rest…but hey, I’m not complaining. We are still 14-2…