If you watched Wednesday night’s showdown between the Celtics and the Cavaliers, you know that Boston didn’t look like its normal self from the opening tip. The C’s struggled from start to finish en route to a 114-91 defeat.
The key moment from the 48 minutes that were played was the 22-2 run with which Cleveland opened up the second quarter. Boston never recovered from that spurt, which pushed the Cavs ahead 41-24.
Realistically, though, the key moment of this game dates back to Sunday afternoon, when Boston blew out the New York Knicks. None of Boston’s full-time starters played during the fourth quarter of that game, and then the team was off on Monday before practicing on Tuesday. By the time the Celtics took the court Wednesday night, it had been more than three full days since Boston had last played NBA basketball.
Sometimes, rest is great. Sometimes, it’s a detriment. The latter was the case in this instance.
Boston’s rest caused it to lose the rhythm it had discovered while winning nine of its last 11 games, if only for this one night. It was unable to rediscover that rhythm for any lengthy stretch of this game.
Cleveland certainly deserves credit for coming into Boston and grabbing a win during its fifth game in seven nights. However, the Celtics didn’t put up much of a fight.
That surprising fact can be linked all the way back to Sunday, the last time the C’s played against another color.