Recap: Celtics 112, Cavs 95 (Or, The State of the Cavaliers is a miserable one indeed)

January 25th, 2011 by John Krolik

Overview: Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 24 points in the first quarter of a 112-95 Celtics win. The Cavaliers have not won a game since the Republican Party officially became the House majority.

Well what were you honestly expecting  to happen bullets:

Well, it was a throwback ass-kicking. Perkins came back from injury and absolutely manhandled the Cavs’ undersized frontline under the basket. KG got whatever shots he wanted against Jamison while completely shutting him down on defense — again.

Paul Pierce closed out the first quarter with a vicious “screw this, we lost to the Wizards on Saturday and I do NOT feel like playing more than 24 minutes against this crappy team” scoring flurry. Ray Allen was left open coming off of curls and spotting up. The Cavalier offense basically consisted of Jamison and Eyenga firing jumpers. The Cavs were out-worked and out-executed by a team with infinitely more talent. That generally leads to a loss. A few quick individual notes:

– I have two main observations about Eyenga: His jumper is better than I expected it to be, and he settles for it more than I expected him too. I understand that he’s afraid he won’t get the ball back if he passes it to Jamison, Hickson, or Sessions, but I’d like to see him try to be a bit more efficient offensively.

– Hickson is hustling. He had a huge night on the boards again, and he was active around the rim on both offense and defense. However, he still had a few laughably, laughably, laughably horrible defensive possessions. I’m not sure if he’s hustling for numbers or just doesn’t get basketball, and I’m not sure which is worse.

– People realize that the Cavaliers lost four players this off-season, and two of them were DNPs for the Celtics tonight, right? That’s all for me tonight. Cavs host the Nuggets on Friday.