You just knew the Cavs weren’t going to overcome a deficit with under two minutes to go. You knew Boston was going to win. But then something amazing happened. The Cavs did come back and did beat the Celtics 88-87 in Boston.
It seemed like a typical night. The younger players were bringing energy and the veterans were trying to keep up. But I don’t think anyone expected the Cavs to come back and win. That was until Andy made several big plays down the stretch, and Kyrie Irving drove the lane with a game winning layup. Irving finished with 23 points and four assists.
Andy finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds. And Alonzo Gee came off the bench with 14 points, six rebounds and a vicious dunk. It was an odd night for the Cavs as Daniel Gibson missed the game with a neck injury. Then, Anthony Parker left the game with a back injury of his own. That caused Gee to get playing time at shooting guard. It also gave some playing time to rookie Mychel Thompson, who finished with four points and two rebounds in in 12 minutes of play.
The major issue with this team, in my opinion, still remains. Antawn Jamison finished the game with 10 points and three rebounds. However, those 10 points came on 13 shots. And I watched him continue to get beat on the defensive end of the floor. He looked out of position and sometimes totally uninterested in what was going on at that end of the floor. I’ll continue to complain about Jamison as he continues to play the way he does.
Although Tristan Thompson had a bad game overall, I think it’s time for him to move into the starting lineup. I also think, despite a much improved performance in recent games, we are getting to the point where Omri Casspi will be replaced by Alonzo Gee in the starting lineup. Casspi can still be a great contributor. But I think his place is on the bench.
Give it up to the Cavs overall though. They fought hard and got a great win on the road. Its games like this that tells you something about the mental makeup of the Cavaliers. They won’t quit and they won’t give up. It’s great to see that kind of attitude. They will need it going forward.