However, that was not the case.
Led by star Kyrie Irving (32 points), Cleveland went on an impressive run and managed to cut the deficit to just two points. The intensity for both teams was sky high late in the fourth before a clutch block by Brandon Bass (15 points, six rebounds, four assists) sealed the game and the win for the Celtics.
This was a much-needed victory for the Celtics (13-17), as they trail the Detroit Pistons (14-17) by just one game for the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. Despite their losing record, they are actually within reach of the No. 4 seed, currently held by the Toronto Raptors (12-15).
As for Cleveland, this was another blow to a team that was already facing enough internal issues. Earlier in the day, they suspended center Andrew Bynum indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the team.” While the exact information of the suspension wasn’t specified, there are reports that say it’s due to Bynum’s lack of passion for the game of basketball. Not surprising are also reports that he is now on the trading block. At 10-19, Cleveland is currently out of the playoff picture.
The good news for both teams is that they play their next games at home. The Celtics take on the Atlanta Hawks on New Year’s Eve, while Cleveland will look to get back on track against the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 29.