The Celtics visited the Cavaliers for the second time in three nights and this time they claimed victory; yes, by a slim margin. As in the first clash between the two in Ohio, equality was the predominant note of a clash that the greens did not manage to turn in their favor until the last moments.
It was a close game with few points, one in which Jayson Tatum was the best of his team with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, but in which Dennis Schröder ended up being the fundamental piece. The point guard assisted, hit baskets and made free throws on Boston’s last possessions. Their success made it impossible for the Cavs to catch up. Boston is now 7-7 after winning three of its last four games.
“That last game did not leave a good taste in our mouths, so we wanted to get back on our winning path. You have to find a way, whatever it takes. Today we competed and we had good communication. I think we’re all starting to get on the same page, “says Tatum of the Celtics’ on-court performance.
Cleveland is performing at a high level this season, and a big blame for that falls on Ricky Rubio. The Spanish point guard, who recently played a huge game at Madison Square Garden, went up to 28 points last night (26 of them in the second half). In addition to leading the team as usual, Masnou’s is taking offensive responsibility with success; not in vain he signed a 4 of 8 in triples against those of Massachusetts.
In addition to Ricky, the Cavs had the contribution of Cedi Osman, who had up to 26 points and 5 assists from the bench, as well as 17 points from Darius Garland; that yes, they could not enjoy Jarrett Allen or Collin Sexton, since both were low. Rubio believes that talking about those who were not there is unnecessary
“If you want to make excuses all night, you can do it, but we cannot complain that this player or another is out of the game, since everyone goes through a lot of situations like this in this league. It’s about taking care of your colleagues, “he concludes.
(Photograph by Carmen Mandato / Getty Images)