Apr 5, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson (13) drives to the hoop against Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Rich's Take: Boston Celtics - Cleveland Cavaliers Pregame

One day after enjoying the Thanksgiving feasts, the Boston Celtics look to feast on their opposition as they host the woeful Cleveland

Cavaliers in the TD Garden tonight.

Now, woeful is an interesting word for me to use, since the Cavs have the same number of losses (11) as our Celtics do.  However, five of the Celtics’ losses have come courtesy of some the beat teams in the NBA right now: the San Antonio Spurs, the Indiana Pacers, the Houston Rockets, and the Memphis Grizzlies.  In losses to the Spurs and the Pacers, the Cs actually held second-half leads.  No, these moral victories don’t amount to much in the grand scheme of things, but they do mean this much at least: the Boston Celtics are usually competitive and enjoyable to watch.

The Cavs, on the other hand . . . well, they are playing like the Cleveland Cavaliers. They struggle to put up points.  They shoot 41.8% from the field – 4th worst in the NBA.  They have already lost six games this year by double digits, and they are an abysmal 1-8 on the road to start off.   Their leading scorer is Kyle Irving, who puts up 21 per night but shoots only 40%.  And their frontcourt boasts only one player who averages double-digit points per game: Tristan Thompson, at 11.1 PPG.

Add it all up, then, and what you have is a must-win game tonight for Boston, as in “The Celtics must win this because Clevleand is one of the teams that is worse than Boston is.”   When a team that is struggling so badly visits your home court, and you lose, there needs to be an awful lot of soul-searching in the locker room.  Unless the Cs want to be filled with remorse and self-doubt, they need to take care of business at home against a team they can whip but at least 10 points, especially if they pound the ball inside and try to push the tempo as much as they can.

Game coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. tonight, so follow me on Twitter (@HoudiniCeltics and @theamazingMrS) and check back in with me later as I share my reactions to the game!  Go Boston!

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