The Boston Celtics came to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers, which turned out to be a playoff atmosphere at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Wednesday night. It’s early in the season, but it would be intriguing to see these two teams in a playoff series. The Celtics and Cavs gave us a show earlier in the regular season. The Cavaliers are proving that last season wasn’t a fluke.
They deserve more televised games than the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers. The Cavaliers are having early success compared to both of those teams. Darius Garland returned after missing five games due to an eye injury. He came back quickly as he led the Cavaliers with 24 points, 12 assists and three steals. Once Garland and Donovan Mitchell figure things out from a chemistry standpoint, they will emerge as one of the best duos in the league.
Speaking of Donovan Mitchell, he was sensational last night. Did you see how he took over the game at the end of the 4th quarter? That’s what big-time players do at the right time and clutch time. Mitchell kept making shot after shot. He had a chance to win at the end of the 4th quarter, but Jayson Tatum blocked his attempt to send the game to overtime. Tatum tied the game with a vicious dunk and sent the game to overtime with his defense.
Both teams played great offense and defense. Jarrett Allen made a huge defensive play in overtime. His presence as the rim protector is so vital for this team. The Celtics had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but the Cavaliers prevailed and won the game 114-113.
Mitchell finished with 25 points, four rebounds and six assists. Allen added 14 boards.
The Cavaliers improve to 6-1 in the season—the most exciting Cavaliers team since the Lebron James era.