A home game against Toronto is supposed to be the basketball pill that cures everything. Instead, the Cavs looked about as bad as they ever have in the Kyrie Irving era, dropping a 113-99 decision to a Raptors team that had lost 11 straight on the road. The Celtics have been no great shakes lately, either. They’ve lost three in a row. That’s probably worse news for the Cavs as far as tonight is concerned.
Venue: TD Bank Garden, Boston
TV/Radio: 7 p.m. FOX Sports Ohio/WTAM
All-time series: Celtics lead, 115-69.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (5-21) C Anderson Varejao PF Tristan Thompson SF Alonzo Gee SG Dion Waiters PG Kyrie Irving
BOSTON CELTICS (12-12) C Kevin Garnett PF Brandon Bass SF Paul Pierce SG Courtney Lee PG Rajon Rondo
• Varejao and Daniel Gibson were both injured in the Cavs’ loss Tuesday. Varejao hurt his knee in the first half but returned to finish the game. Gibson sprained his right ankle in the fourth quarter. He said he’s unsure if he’ll play vs. the Celtics.
• Byron Scott isn’t real sure if Varejao will play, either. “Even though he played (Tuesday) … we’ve got a flight, we’ve got another game tomorrow,” Scott said. “We’ll see how he feels.”
• This is the teams’ first meeting this season. The Celtics won the series last year, 2-1. Neither team won at home in any of the three. Both flew to Boston shortly after their games last night.
• The Cavs have a tendency to play their best against name opponents. In the past week, they beat the L.A. Lakers at home and lost to New York by one point on the road.
• Waiters (ankle) scored eight points, highlighted by a pair of monster jams, in his return game Tuesday. “Rusty,” was how Byron Scott described Waiters’ performance.
• Rondo lead all guards in field-goal percentage (51 percent) entering Tuesday night.