That win didn’t conjure any images of unicorns, pots of gold or 85-degree days spent at the beach, but the Celtics pieced together three straight possessions of terrific pick-and-roll defense late to hold off Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers, 86-83. Just like so many other wins (and losses) this season, little came easy for the Celtics, like they were attempting to chop down a tree using a butter knife. But the C’s made defensive stands late to emerge with a road victory, confusing the league’s best rookie down the stretch on the way to ending their own five-game losing skid.
It wasn’t an A+ performance, but a C or C+ surely beats an L.
Plenty more to come later.
P.S. — Loved fouling Irving on the floor with 3.8 seconds left. Credit goes to Doc Rivers for making the decision, and to Rondo for making sure he fouled Irving before he released the shot.
P.P.S. — Anthony Parker got a pretty good look as time expired. But it missed and the Celtics earned a gutsy, gritty, somewhat disappointing (remember, those middle quarters were revolting) victory.