Boston Celtics Slide to 29-9 After Loss to Cleveland Cavs

Christopher CostaContributor IJanuary 10, 2009

Last night the Cleveland Cavaliers clobbered the Boston Celtics 98-83, bringing the Celtics to a 29-9 record. The Cavaliers are also looking impressive after last night's win, moving to 29-6, a record the Celtics held for only a short time after losses to the Charlotte Bobcats, the Houston Rockets, and most recently, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Donning the retro blue and yellow jerseys, the Cavalier offense could not be stopped. James ended the game with 38 points and four steals. Even through the string of losses to Charlotte and Houston, the key for the Celtics in this game was to refocus and bring their best game against their playoff rival. Obviously, they did not.

Even Defensive Player of the Year Kevin Garnett could not stop Lebron. The Cavs beat the Celtics in FG%, 3FG%, and FT%. The Cavs shot 50.8% to the Celtics 41.2% in field goals. The Cavs hit 50% of the three-pointers to the Celtics devastatingly low 26.3%. The Cavs also made 72.7% of their free-throws while the Celtics made 70.6%.

Kevin Garnett had 18 points, Ray Allen had 12 points, and Paul Pierce had 11 points. 11 points from the Finals MVP is not enough to beat the strong Lebron James. James had 11 points against Garnett and seven points against Pierce.

The Celtics look forward to January 11th when thy take on the Toronto Raptors. The key for the Celtics in this game is first, to refocus. Then they must shut down the powerful Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani.