Originally posted on Red's Army  |  Last updated 1/22/13
The Celtics ended this game the same way they started it by watching Kyrie Irving drive to the basket essentially unchallenged as he led the Cavs to only their 11th win of the season with a 95-90 win over the plummeting Celtics.  The C’s matched their season high 4 game losing streak with this loss and even a Doc Rivers post-game threat in Detroit didn’t help solve the defensive issues with his team. The Celtics continually get off to poor starts and tonight was no different as they gave up 31 first quarter points (career high 19 points in a single quarter for Irving), allowed Cleveland to shoot 59% (13/22) from the field and scored 14 points in the paint.  In the end, the Celtics abysmal combination of bad pick-and-roll and interior defense surrendered 46 points in the paint, including Irving scoring several easy lay-ups. Avery Bradley must still be hurt, as Doc elected to go with Rajon Rondo guarding Irving straight up for most of the game.  Rondo clearly couldn’t keep Irving in front
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