The Good news is that the refs didn't influence the outcome of the game and weren't a factor. I guess I over reacted when I heard that Bill Kennedy was calling such a big game.
The Bad news is that apparently that it wasn't a big game after all. The Celtics never showed up. How bad was it? The Celtics scored 9 points in the first quarter. No, that isn't a typo. They scored NINE points in the first quarter. I have never seen them play that bad before. Even the team full of kids that lost 18 in a row never played that bad. They at least tried.
And after their 9 point first quarter, it never got better. There was one very brief bright spot when the Celtics went on a 14-0 run but other than that, Ed LaCerte should have been checking for pulses because there were no signs of life in the team otherwise. But then again, Ray Allen showed a little life when he got a good shot in on Varejao after being thrown to the floor while battling for a rebound.
The final score was 107-76. The Celtics shot 36% from the field, 28% from beyond the arc and 59% from the free throw line. There were a couple of bright spots though. The Celtics only turned the ball over 10 times. And, the starters, except Big Baby, all played less than 30 minutes. Other than that, it was a pretty depressing afternoon.
But, to all the Cavs fans who feel that this is a mandate and that because they beat the Celtics by 30 in this game, you have short memories. Just think back to April 3 when the Magic beat the Cavs 116-87. That wasn't a mandate and neither is this. The Cavs bounced back and so will the Celtics. But then again, maybe this was a plog to give the Cavs false confidence. It may be the only explanation for a team so good playing so bad.