Now they're in trouble
This was one they needed desperately.
Yes, the Cavs could win Game 6 on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena. Obviously, the Cavs play well at home and the Celtics don't play well on the road. So, yes, the Cavs could - and should - beat Boston on Friday.
The real problem is coming back to Boston and winning Game 7. It probably isn't going to happen. Any time a team has LeBron James on its roster, there's always a chance. But the Celtics are too good.
The game they had to have was on Wednesday. They led by 14 points in the second quarter before unraveling at the end of the second quarter. They just fell apart in the third. The Celtics scored on 9 of 11 possessions in one stretch of the third.
James was very good once again with 35 points. But cente Zydrunas Ilgauskas didn't show up and they didn't get enough of a lift off their bench. It added up to their 96-89 loss, the first time the Celtics have topped the 90-point mark in the series.