The Cavaliers are coming off of a 1-4 road trip, and they just learned that center Anderson Varejao will be out for the rest of the season.
The Celtics, meanwhile, were just beaten badly by the Detroit Pistons and have been struggling as of late.
The two teams square off on Tuesday night in Cleveland, and it should be a good opportunity for the Cavaliers to get a win.
The Celtics seem to be in a little disarray recently, and head coach Doc Rivers was very upset with the team after the Sunday loss in Detroit.
For the Cavaliers, this will likely mean that the Celtics will come out extra motivated and blow out the Wine and Gold by 30, or possibly that the Celtics will continue to have problems and will become frustrated when the Cavaliers keep the game close. If the latter happens, the Cavaliers could win the game late, especially if Kyrie Irving has a good night.
The Cavaliers likely will have a tough time matching up with Celtics big man Kevin Garnett, and this game will be a good test for the young Wine and Gold post players Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller to see how they do against Garnett and the rest of the Celtics down low. If they can contain Garnett and rebound effectively, it will be great for the Cavaliers.
Also, if Cavaliers forward Alonzo Gee can slow down Celtics forward Paul Pierce, it will help the Cavaliers a great deal.
The match-up between Irving and Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo will also be key in the game, as Irving and Rondo are two of the best point guards in the NBA.
This is the game that the Celtics think they can win, and they likely will come out motivated after getting beaten badly in Detroit. The Cavaliers just need to stay with the Celtics in the beginning of the game and keep scrapping throughout. If the bench players can provide a lift, and if the Celtics continue with their inconsistent play, this is a game that the Cavaliers can steal in the fourth quarter.
A win over the Celtics would be huge for the Cavaliers’ confidence, and they have a shot at pulling out the victory on Tuesday.