December 7, 2023

Cleveland Cavaliers 122- Boston Celtics 121

The Cleveland Cavaliers were coming into Boston having won their last two games, and looking to take advantage of the Celtics’ lacking defense. The “Big 3” had a total of 80 points, and LeBron made it look easy. But on the other end of the court, the Celtics’ scoring looked just as simple., pub-2319592412860037, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

The Cavs’ defense was pretty lacking. Boston had too many easy buckets. From what I saw when my live stream wasn’t frozen, defense in the paint needs a lot of work. Once Rondo or Olynyk got past their defender, it was like parting the Red Sea in the lane.

Even with the lack of defense, this game was a thriller until the end. Cleveland came back from a 19-point deficit. After starting out a little flat, LeBron finally took over and played like we all know he can, finishing with 41 points. Love finished with a double-double, securing 15 rebounds and 12 points. As a team, the Cavs shot over 50% from the field, and 76% from the free-throw line.

The Cavs are finally playing more team ball. The problem now is defense. Cleveland didn’t have much trouble scoring due to Boston’s lacking defense, but against a stronger opponent, there could be trouble.

Overall, the Cavs’ offense looked pretty good, whether it was the execution or just playing against a bad Boston defense.

Cleveland is back in action tomorrow night, against the Atlanta Hawks.



Photo credit: Nathaniel Butler/NBAE/GettyImages

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