BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the Celtics' 121-99 loss to Cleveland:
He didn’t take a single shot, didn’t log a single minute on the floor. But make no mistake about it: this was his day. The outcome wasn’t anything close to what Celtics Nation would have liked to have seen, but a chance to witness Pierce’s jersey No. 34 going up to the rafters...Priceless.
Things got so out of hand for Cleveland that LeBron James only played a little more than one half of the game. That said, in 28 minutes he still managed a double-double of 24 points and 10 assists, finishing just two rebounds shy of what would have been his third straight triple-double.
Getting the starting nod, Marcus Morris made the most of it by doing what he seems to do best for Boston – get buckets. He would tally 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting.
That element of instant offense that the Cavs know they need coming off the bench, Clarkson showed he may be the guy to provide that going forward. He had 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting.
It wasn’t one of his better shooting nights, but to Rozier’s credit, he appeared to compete at a high level throughout his time on the floor. He would tally 16 points off the bench along with nine rebounds.
Another first-timer for the Cavs, Hood looked very comfortable with Cleveland’s second unit, finishing with 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting.
He had 18 points and shot 7-for-14 from the field, which are both solid numbers. But the Celtics desperately needed him to elevate his play today, and that never happened. Irving has the kind of talent that has to be held to a much higher standard – a superstar standard – compared to most players. And on this day, against his former team, Irving never came close to meeting that standard.