BOSTON - MAY 22: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics stands on the court as the video board reads "Let's Go Celtics against the Orlando Magic at TD Banknorth Garden in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on May 22, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Basketball Prospectus is simulating the 2010-11 season. And since reality bites, I say we just roll with it for a bit.
CELTICS 88, CAVALIERS 86: Great finish as the veteran Celtics staved off Cleveland's upset bid at the Garden. In a back-and-forth tussle, top overall draft pick Kyrie Irving hit a three-pointer then scored in transition to put the Cavs up 80-77 with 5:04 left. The teams traded points down the stretch. Anderson Varejao scored inside to put Cleveland up 86-84 with 1:10 to play. Ray Allen tied the score with a jumper at the 59 second mark. Kevin Garnett rebounded an Antawn Jamison miss, threw an outlet to Rajon Rondo, who found a cutting Garnett with a great pass. Garnett's layup with 26 seconds left put Boston up two. Cleveland took a timeout and ran a play for Baron Davis, who couldn't shake loose. Jamison ended up with the ball inside, missed, and Rondo snagged the rebound to seal the win. It was a nice debut for Irving, who posted a game-high 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting and added seven assists.
A quick scan of the Box Score (at the link above) indicates that Danny Ainge had a very boring offseason. Jeff Green and Big Baby apparently re-signed and you'll see a few familiar low-cost faces like Carlos Arroyo and Von Wafer. Good times.
I'm impressed that Danny gave rookie JaJuan Johnson 3 minutes of game time. He must be turning over a new leaf. Big night on the boards for KG with 15.