NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, December 18th (All times eastern)
Boston Celtics (10-12) at Cleveland Cavaliers (14-9), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will look to get back on the winning track tonight, when they take on the Boston Celtics at Gund Arena.
Cleveland had a two-game winning streak stopped on Thursday night after falling 81-69 to the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. LeBron James struggled on the night for Cleveland, scoring a season-low 11 points on 4-of-21 shooting.
Drew Gooden netted 18 points with 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who managed just a season-low six points in the third quarter. Jeff McInnis ended with 14 points in the losing cause.
The Cavaliers struggled amidst the Pistons' tight defense, hitting just 34.6 percent from the field. Cleveland hit only 2-of-10 from three-point range and 13-of-17 from the charity stripe.
Cleveland point guard Eric Snow was sent to the locker room after getting in an argument on the bench with Cavaliers coach Paul Silas in the second quarter. He later returned to the bench after halftime, but did not play the entire second half going scoreless.
The Cavaliers, who are beginning a two-game homestand, have tallied a 9-1 mark at home this season.
Boston comes into tonight's contest with three wins in its last four games, including a 114-106 victory over the Utah Jazz Friday night at the FleetCenter. Gary Payton paced seven different double-figure scorers with 27 points while adding 11 assists and six rebounds.
Mark Blount tossed in 18 points, Paul Pierce had 13 and Jiri Welsch added 12 for the Celtics, who shot 55.1 percent from the field in the win. Ricky Davis and Al Jefferson each had 11 off the bench and Raef LaFrentz tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Celtics hit 6-of-16 (.375) from three-point range and 32-of-41 (.780) from the free throw line in the win.
Boston, which is playing the first of a short two-game road trip tonight, has tallied a 4-7 mark in foreign buildings this season.
Cleveland has won the last two meetings between these teams on the heels of a 13-game series skid. The Cavaliers registered a narrow 98-96 victory over the Celtics on Nov. 26. Boston has lost 11 of its last 17 at Cleveland.
12/18 10:07:57 ET