The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics faced off in a battle for the top seed in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday night. To the surprise of many pundits each team entered this game with identical records. There were massive playoff implications on the line in Boston’s TD Garden. With home court advantage on the line all eyes of the NBA gazed upon Boston as, possibly, the newest Eastern contender. And this sentiment has a lot to do with the fact that, honestly, Cleveland has looked a step slower as of late and many wondered whether their reign on the Eastern Conference was slipping. LeBron James and company put any such thoughts to rest with a dominant performance. The King led Cleveland with 36 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists as he carried the Cavs to a relatively easy victory. The Cavaliers also dominated the rebounds even without starting center Tristan Thompson. Cleveland grabbed 51 rebounds compared to 38 from Boston which is a key reason the final score was 114 – 91.
Surprisingly, this was a very uninspiring performance from Boston. With a ruckus home crowd cheering them on, the Celtics laid an egg in one of their biggest games of the season. Although the overall team effort could be questioned, the same cannot be said of guard Isaiah Thomas. Thomas poured in 26 points as he seemed to be the only sign of life on the Celtics. If the Celtics hope to continue their success into the playoffs, other players will have to step up instead of constantly relying on Thomas.
Although the Cavaliers have been struggling lately, LeBron has clearly shown that he still reigns as king over the Eastern Conference with his outstanding performance. Just when critics had begun to think that the young Celtics could pose a threat to Cleveland, a dose of reality was provided in the form of a good ‘ol beating served by the King and company.