Tom Pestak rage quit on this game in the third quarter. He probably made the right decision. The Cavs, after leading 51-40 with 1:40 to go in the second, were outscored 51-29 before the 7:38 mark of the fourth to put the Celtics up 11. Cleveland cut it to six with 4:42 to play, and after a terrible foul call against LeBron, Ty Lue made his most inexplicable decision in a game full of inexplicable decisions. Lue reinserted J.R. Smith, despite Smith being being mired in a hapless 0-7 game. J.R. promptly hijacked a possession to initiate a pick-and-roll with Thompson that resulted in a three-point heave, and then rage quit on the game by committing an absolutely boneheaded flagrant foul when he two-hand shoved Al Horford during a lob attempt.
The Cavs’ complete and utter loss of composure started as soon as J.R. entered the game. We collectively screamed at Lue not to play him, and the ensuing five point Boston possession basically ended the game. The Cavs lost despite Kevin Love and Lebron (42) combining for 64 points and 25 rebounds. Cleveland turned the ball over 15 times to Boston’s five, and Cleveland had three guys in double figures to Boston’s six, but it was the play when the going got rough that was the most maddening.
Nate Smith, Right Down Euclid, and a moribund Tom Pestak dragged ourselves into the podcast booth to lament the loss. They discussed the Cavs’ lack of discernable offense or defensive scheme, Ty’s continuing inability to play his best lineups, the dumpster fire that is Rodney Hood’s play, the Celtics, the future, and so much more. Don’t rage quit. This one will be cathartic.