Celtics aim to stop lenghty drought against Cavs
(Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers look to continue their recent
mastery of the Boston Celtics when the two teams get together tonight at
Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavaliers have won five straight and seven of its last eight over Boston
and swept all four meetings between the clubs a season ago. The Celtics have
also dropped four of their last five in Cleveland.
Boston’s lack of success in this series could very well continue this evening,
considering the Celtics’ poor start to the season. On Friday, Boston lost for
the fourth time in five games after dropping a 107-100 decision at home to
Paul Pierce led Boston with 30 points and nine rebounds and Wally Szczerbiak
contributed 14 points in defeat.
The Celtics played without forward Al Jefferson, the team’s third-leading
scorer who had his appendix removed earlier in the week, and will likely have
point guard Sebastian Telfair unavailable as well. Telfair left Friday’s game
in the first quarter due to shortness of breath and was taken to New England
Baptist Hospital for precautionary measures.
Telfair was diagnosed with bronchospasm, which is a difficulty in breathing
caused by a sudden constriction of the muscles in the walls of the
bronchioles. He was released from the hospital last night and is expected to
travel with the team for tonight’s game.
The Cavs, who wrap up a three-game homestand this evening, ended a two-game
losing streak with Thursday’s 113-94 win over the Chicago Bulls. Drew Gooden
scored 20 points and LeBron James added 19 points and 12 assists for
James was heavily criticized for leaving the floor during the final seconds of
the Cavaliers’ 104-95 home loss to Atlanta on Tuesday. He left early again in
the victory over Chicago, but the game was already out of reach.
Aleksandar Pavlovic scored 16 points while Donyell Marshall and Anderson
Varejao each added 15 for the Cavaliers.