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Celtics Proved Nothing Against Cavs

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 ( 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…

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4 comments for “Celtics Proved Nothing Against Cavs”

  1. I’m going to disagree a little. Sure the final score wasn’t a sexy blowout, but considering the Cavs scored a bunch of points in garbage time and Garnett played just terrible offensively (2-12 from the field in only 26 minutes played). The crowd wasn’t much of a factor but that can’t be surprising when they show up to an unusual start time of 12:30 pm on Sunday and there’s no Lebron in the lineup.

    The Celts know they can play better but Sunday it was just one of those games, win and move on. Gotta love the play of Glen Davis!

    Posted by Jeff | December 3, 2007, 10:01 am
  2. Oh come on Jeff, the Celtics played bad. Bad is bad. No excuses. You are how you play. If Lebron was playing last night the Celtics would have lost.

    LeBron is Garnett to the Celtics. Without him the team is MUCH different.

    Posted by Xmotha | December 3, 2007, 1:33 pm
  3. Not so sure about that Xmotha, the Celtics rested KG/Pierce for most of the game. Allen had significant minutes and Glen Davis stepped up. Either way, I don’t think it’s a fair comparison to say the Celtics would have lost given Lebron playing; it would have a been a completely different game.

    Posted by Chris | December 3, 2007, 8:22 pm
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