Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Twitter reacts to LeBron James raining on Paul Pierce's parade

Twitter reacts to LeBron James raining on Paul Pierce's parade

The 6-10 forward/center leads the team in assists and was named an All-Star for the fifth time. Or would it be another disappointing day? Monroe provides valuable depth who won't have to play a ton of minutes every game, but when he gets on the court he will make a number of good plays for the team.

With the Cavs shooting 54 percent from the field & 52 percent from three compared to the C's 42 and 27 respectively, they were able to build a 29-point lead early in the fourth.

James shook off a first-quarter leg injury, sustained when he collided with Australian centre Aron Baynes, to score 13 points in the second quarter and give the Cavs a sizeable lead which the Celtics never got within 10 again.

Amen to that as the additions they have are more than enough to make them heavy favorites in the eastern conference and a worthy challenger to the Golden State Warriors. They've made some great selections with their late-first round and second round draft picks.

Just like that, the Cavs traded almost half their roster, got younger and maybe put themselves back into contention to make a fourth straight Finals appearance. The Cavs could do little wrong on offense while the Celtics could do little right.

There's also likely going to be a buyer's buyout market in the near future; already we have the possibility of a Vince Carter return to Toronto. When the third quarter mercifully came to an end, it was down to 21 points, 95-74. The Cavs decided after seeing him for 15 whole games that they couldn't wait for Thomas to round into form after missing most of the season with his hip problem, so the new people better show they can mesh with LeBron James before they fully unpack their suitcases.

All things considered, the team they were facing, being on the road and the short time frame they have to get it together, this was Cleveland's best win of the season. By trading for Rodney Hood, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance, Cleveland seems better positioned to return to the National Basketball Association finals than they were before yesterday.

Nance was a boost to the Lakers' defense, improving his team's defensive rating by nearly two points when playing his 22 minutes per game.

"All of our new guys performed and played well", coach Tyronn Lue said. Monroe looked like a player thrown into the fire, and he even got a technical for arguing a call just minutes into his Celtics career. "You look at Larry and Jordan, they haven't played a playoff game".

"It was a good start".

"With the new guys, we're going to be flawless", he said.

The 64 points the Celtics allowed in the first half were the most they've given up before halftime all season long.

Irving knows that no good could come from answering questions about the officiating.

The Celtics would have loved to have gotten the win, not just because they don't like to lose but because it was also Paul Pierce Day. But the loss didn't stop fans from showering Pierce with "Thank you Paul Pierce" chants anyway.

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