Celtics Lose Big In Game 3
A five day break and a trip to Cleveland do not seem to have agreed with the Boston Celtics.
After dominating the first two games of their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Cavaliers at home, the C's got a taste of their own medicine with a 116-86 loss in Cleveland, Saturday night.
The Cavs took control from the jump, putting the C's out to pasture early with a dominant first quarter. After the first 12 minutes of action, the Cavs had a 15-point lead.
With LeBron James having his typically solid game, which included him leading all scorers with 27 points and adding 12 assists and five rebounds, he paced his teammates on route to the rout.
Cleveland's role players, who struggled mightily during the first two games at the TD Garden, seemed to benefit quite nicely from being home at the Quicken Loans Arena, as well.
All five Cavs starters scored at least 10 points, and six players had double figures in total. For the game, Cleveland shot just over 48 percent from the field and an even 50 percent from three-point range.
On the flip side, Boston's top scorer, Jaylen Brown, went cold on the night, scoring just 10 points. He got little help from his teammates, too, as the rest of Boston's starting unit scored just 47 points, en route to a lowly 39.2 percent shooting clip from the floor.
With Game 4 on Monday night, the C's have a day to figure out what went wrong and adjust to help regain control of the series.