When Shaquille O'Neal left the game with a thumb injury in the first quarter, Cleveland was forced to go with a smaller lineup. The result was the Cavs biggest win of the season, says Fear The Sword, SB Nation's Cavaliers blog.
It could not have started off any worse for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It could not have ended any better.
This has to be our best win of the season. More than the win at the LA Lakers. In that game, we dominated almost the entire afternoon. Also more than the win in Miami, because we came back immediately at end of the 2nd quarter and stayed with the Heat all game long.
Sure, the Celtics played without Paul Pierce, who is out indefinitely with a sprained right thumb. But Shaq's injury left the Cavaliers without a backup center (since they traded Zydrunas Ilgauskas last week) against one of the most physical teams in the conference.