LeBron James nearly missed a quadruple double in this game: 12 points, 9 assists, 9 rebounds and 10 turnovers. Far from even an average day for the King in Boston.
The King was held to only 2/18 shooting from the field. The Celtics played tough defense to strangle every drive to the basket leaving relatively open outside shots which only Zydrunas Ilgauskas (22pts 12rebs) and Wally Szczerbiak (13pts) were able to convert.
The Cavaliers shot a rather disastrous 22.2% from the three point range and a mere 30% from inside the arc. You would think Wally and Delonte would have remembered the Banknorth arena rims. It seemed like nothing was going to fall for the Cavs tonight. And it didn't.
The C's were not bringing it either. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce scored 0 and 4 respectively. Talk about the Boston Three Party bringing 55pts per game during their Atlanta extravaganza... The three combined to a total of 32 which Pierce or Garnett would bring alone on a good day. Perhaps there was something in the water in Boston that day.
The Celtics are now at 1-0 advantage in this series. However, it's not all bad news for the Cavs. think about it: LeBron James was held to almost nothing tonight, but even with such poor performance by the franchise player, the almighty Celts beat the Cavs by mere 4 points. In Boston! We all know how invincible the C's are in Boston. Tonight showed that maybe not.
Also, look at big Z. The most underrated center in the league was the driving factor keeping the Cavs in this game. They will need Z to deliver every day in this series. Add a very very angry LeBron to the mix and you have yourself a series that no one will soon forget.
By the way: Sam Cassell is back. Another sturdy veteran for the Cavs to look out for.