"Part of me fears a let down. The Celtics coming off a stretch of impressive wins over good teams to get back to .500 now face a lesser opponent."
That part of me was right. I should have listened.
The Celtics gave up a season-high 54 points in the paint, the last two coming on a game-winning layup by rookie sensation Kyrie Irving (23 points, 10-14 fg). It was the capper on a 12-0 run after the Celtics had taken an 11 point lead.
The final was 88-87 Cavs. The Celtics 87th point came on a Brandon Bass free throw with 4:24 left in the game. The Celtics were 0-5 with 3 turnovers in that stretch. The Cavs hit 3 layups and 4 free throws in the stretch.
The Celtics defense was terrible. The bench was out-scored 30-16.
Ray Allen was on fire in his first game back from injury, hitting on 9-14 shots (4-6 3pt) for 22 points. Paul Pierce had a stretch in the third where he was in full takeover mode. But other than that… I can't find much nice to say… or want to say.