The Cavs walked in with 10 wins on the season and are walking out with 11 because Kyrie Irving walked all over the Celtics. 40 points.
A back-and-forth game for its entirety, the Celtics kept things close throughout the fourth quarter on Tuesday, but Irving proved to be too much down the stretch. Irving put in 15 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, including the final seven for Cleveland. As Boston repeatedly failed to convert on the offensive end over the final few minutes, Irving sliced to the rim, putting in a transition layup with 52 seconds to play and coming back with an old-fashioned 3-point play with 22 ticks left, fouling out Sullinger in the process. Irving completed the 3-point play to give the Cavs a six-point lead that Boston couldn't overcome.
Rondo had a good stat stuffing game and Sullinger had a double double before fouling out, but I don't think I can must up a lot of silver linings here.
The Celtics have lost 4 in a row.
So Doc, what have you got left in your bag of motivational tricks? Cause this latest thing isn't working.
If you are wondering, I'm not panicking, I'm not changing my tune, I'm not for "blowing it up." If you can make a trade with our spare parts, fine. If you can trade for an All Star, great. Otherwise, I'm content to just let it ride, even if that means we go down with the ship. That's just me. React how you want to.