BOSTON — The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Reunion Tour made a stop in Boston Sunday evening for a matchup against old friend Tristan Thompson and the Celtics.
Only this one didn’t yield the same result as the previous two games against a former Cavalier. Cleveland got blown out by Boston 141-103.
Coming off back-to-back wins against Kyrie Irving’s Brooklyn Nets — and riding a three-game streak overall — the Cavs arrived in Beantown with an abundance of confidence. They’re getting healthy again after a two-week slide caused by a rash of injuries. The extra bodies led to a noticeable uptick on the offensive end. That growth, combined with the same smothering defense, led to grand thoughts about what could be moving forward.
But the Celtics, one of last year’s representatives in the Eastern Conference finals, offered a humbling reality check.
“We played as if we had arrived somewhere, like we didn’t have anything to prove,” Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said after the loss. “This is a very good team we played tonight. A team with a ton of playoff experience and a bunch of winners. We had won three games in a row, so we came out as if we had accomplished something. These are the lessons and the tests that we talk about.
“We were reading our press clippings and smelling ourselves because we had a couple good games. But that means nothing in this league. You can’t do it…