Cavaliers were in lockdown mode

Cleveland's stifling defense choked the life out of the Celtics

Updated: February 26, 2010, 10:29 AM ET
By Peter May | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- For a while -- actually, for more than half the game -- the Boston Celtics looked all the part of a team that was ready to make a run on the front-runners. Then, the front-runners did what they do best -- clamped down on defense and showcased their enviable depth -- and it was over. Just like that.

Boston's 108-88 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night wasn't a total shocker. The Celtics were without Paul Pierce. They were playing the best team in the league. And ...

Read full story


You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?


  • Ready To Run
    Boston's runners and citizens are ready to take back their marathon.
  • Early Risers
    Hours after a walk-off win, the Red Sox are back at it in their Patriots Day matinee.
  • That Look In Their Eyes
    The Bruins took it to the Red Wings in Game 2, knotting up their series.
  • Staying Strong
    On the eve of the marathon, the Sox recalled survivors, victims and heroes.
  • Setting The Tone
    As usual, Tom Brady will be front and center when voluntary workouts begin.