Don’t look now, but it appears the newly reloaded Cleveland Cavaliers have a legit challenger in the East.
The Celtics went to-to-toe with the defending champs Wednesday night in Boston, with typical fourth-quarter heroics from Isaiah Thomas. But when the Cavs needed a big last-minute bucket, Kyrie Irving blew by the Little Ticket and hit this circus shot to tie it:
However, when the Cavs needed another game-tying shot from Kyrie in the final seconds, Avery Bradley made sure he wasn’t gonna hit it:
The loose-ball rebound ended up in the hands of LeBron James, who got a good look at a go-ahead three but passed it up to give Deron Williams an equally good look, which he missed, and the Celts salted away a 103-99 win — their first in three tries against the Cavs this season.
Afterward, LeBron passing up the shot was the big story for Cavs critics:
LeBron HAS TO take that last shot, off the offensive rebound. Drive it! Get to the free throw line! Don't kick it to poor Derrick Williams.