CLEVELAND — The Celtics were fully aware of Kyrie Irving’s prowess. They were punished by it last season at TD Garden. The best way to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers is to keep them at a healthy distance and not allow Irving to create his fourth-quarter magic.
As has been their pattern all season, the Celtics on Tuesday night decided to challenge conventional wisdom and test logic. They were unable to pull away from their upstart opponent, leaving Irving a juicy opportunity to win the game on his own.