The 2009 NBA season started off with a big bang last night as two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference went head to head when the Cavaliers squared off against the Boston Celtics.
Quicken Loans Arena was rockin’ as Cavalier fans watched their team jump to a 21-7 lead midway through the first quarter. Shaquille O’Neal made an early impression as he tallied 6 points and 4 rebounds in the first quarter alone.
For one quarter, the Cavaliers played a beautiful game of basketball. The offense was clicking as players were hitting their shots with ease. The defense was staggering as LeBron James ended the first quarter with 3 blocks. His biggest one coming from behind Rajon Rondo on a break to the basket.
Sadly for Cavalier fans, the other 3 quarters were a different story for Cleveland. The Celtics had a huge 2nd quarter as they outscored the Cavaliers 30-17 resulting in a 51-45 Celtic lead at halftime.
The Celtics began the second half right where they had left off, with the lead. Sadly, the Celtics would hold that lead until the final buzzer, beating the Cavaliers 95-89.
Boston’s “Big Three” led the team to the victory as the the trio all scored in double figures (Pierce 23 pts, Garnett 13 pts, Allen 16 pts). Paul Pierce collected 11 rebounds throughout the game giving him his first double-double of the season. Kevin Garnett had 10 rebounds, also giving him a double-double.
Four of Cleveland’s starters ended the game in double figures (James 38 pts, O’Neal 10 pts, Williams 12 pts, Parker 10 pts) but it still wasn’t enough to pull out a win. O’Neal finished his Cleveland debut by tallying up a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds as LeBron James had 38 points, 8 assists, and 4 blocks.
Cleveland’s biggest problem of the night was the lack of team chemistry. It was hard to tell whether or not any two players were on the same page. As expected, the team will still need time to grow and for things to start coming together.
The Cavaliers look to make up for Tuesday’s loss as they take on the Raptors tonight in Toronto.