Tuesday night at the Q, the Cavaliers took on the Celtics which was Kyrie’s first time back in town since he was traded to Boston.
As expected, Kyrie heard nothing but boos throughout the arena. It was rumored that the Cavs had a tribute for Kyrie, but it was never shown.
Five minutes into the first quarter Gordon Hayward had one of the nastiest injuries I have ever seen, a fractured ankle. As of right now that’s all we know. Horrible blow to Boston as he’s expected to be out for the rest of the season.
The Cavs took control of the first half after the Hayward injury. Boston was missing wide open shots left and right, and the Cavs took advantage. At the break the Cavs led 54-38.
The second half was a different story, especially the third quarter, Boston outscored the Cavs 33-18. It seemed Cleveland got away from playing their game. A lot of isolation basketball costed them the lead, but in the finals seconds of the third quarter Derrick Rose hit a three to give the Cavs a one point lead heading into the fourth.
The fourth quarter was a battle between both LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, the two went back and forth hitting big shot after another, ultimately the Cavs were able to hold on and take out the Celtics 102-99. Kyrie had a chance to tie the game and send it into overtime, but air balled the three.
What came next was shocking to me, LeBron and Kyrie shook hands and hugged. Good to see. It is just basketball.
What I took away from Tuesday night. LeBron James doesn’t age. His stat line along with the win. 29 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists.
When the chemistry is down for this team, the sky is the limit.