Dec 28, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics power forward Brandon Bass (30) grabs a rebound past Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (17) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Keep Things Interesting as They Hold on to Beat Cleveland, 103-100

Ah, you wacky Boston Celtics!

Dec 28, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Sergey Karasev (10) and Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) chase after a loose ball during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

You sure do know how to make things interesting, don’t you?  If you’re not storming out of the tunnel to blitz your opponents to the tune of a double-digit first quarter lead, only to watch that lead gradually disintegrate, you’re gradually stretching your lead throughout the game, only to watch that lead quickly evaporate in the fourth quarter.

Either way, you cannot be accused of being boring to watch!

The Celtics entered the fourth quarter of today’s game with a 19-point lead, having limited the Cleveland Cavaliers to exactly 22 points in each of the first three quarters while they slowly but surely added to their lead by the end of each frame.  Remember, though, how I quoted Jared Sullinger in my game previews as saying

we can just try to get back to the Boston Celtics that we know we can be

right?  Well, the Celtics did get back to being the Celtics that we know, which is to say, they allowed their opponents to mount a furious fourth-quarter comeback, to the tune of being outscored 34-18 over the final twelve minutes.

Man, that Jared Sullinger really knew what he was talking about!

Had it not been for a late block by Brandon Bass, this game might have headed into overtime, and then who knows what the hell would have happened?!?

I understand Kyrie Irving can be a beast (his 32 points today mark the eighth time in the last ten games he has gone for 20+ points), but for a team that stressed defensive slippages in practice the other today, the Celtics cannot like what they saw.  Cleveland outshot the Cs from the field (46.8% to 45.8%), and connected on 50% of their shots from behind the arc.  Boston still needs to find a way to close out games, which means they have to tighten their defense in the fourth, not relax and let their opponents shoot their way back into it.  There’s still a lot of work for this to do heading into Tuesday afternoon’s match-up with the Atlanta Hawks.

With the win, the Cs improve their record to 13-17 and now are a mere 0,5 games behind the Toronto Raptors for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Thanks for the read, and stay tuned for my three stars of the game later tonight!!!

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