If the NBA were a horrible Michael Bay movie, this is the part where the bad guy would mutter “I fear we’ve awakened a sleeping giant.” Then a Boston Celtics flag would flutter in slow-motion.
Cleveland sent a message—even though they don’t send messages—by destroying the Celtics in an (almost) completely meaningless regular season clock burner. Boston, playing without Kevin Garnett, will still finish second in the East and still won’t have home-court advantage if and when they run into the Cavs in the playoffs. But depending on your interpretation of the 31-point blowout, the defending champs have been humbled by this passing of the torch … or for the first time all season they have been given a reason to give a crap.
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