Boston Celtics Squander Golden Opportunity Against LeBron’s Cavaliers

November 15th, 2014 by Brian Robb Leave a reply »

BOSTON—For three quarters against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, the Boston Celtics looked like a team ready to make some noise in the NBA.

LeBron James and his new teammates seemingly had no answer for Boston’s high-octane offense over that time frame, as the hosts rattled off an eye-opening 101 points over 36 minutes, including 42 points in the third period alone.

Rajon Rondo (16 assists overall, nine in the third quarter) handled the distribution, while a well-balanced Celtics scoring attack (seven players in double figures) kept the Cavs on their heels on the defensive end of the floor. As the Celtics built a 19-point fourth-quarter lead, one couldn’t help but wonder if James was experiencing flashbacks to 2010, when Rondo and the Big Three routinely wreaked havoc against LeBron’s Cavs.

This is a far different Celtics team from those days, as Rondo is the only remaining holdover on a roster in year two of a rebuilding effort. LeBron is an improved player and a confident two-time NBA champion now who is surrounded by a host of fresh, talented faces for his second go-round in Cleveland. ...

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