Sunday’s playoff tilt between the Cavaliers and Celtics looked like a throwback to intense game of the late 80’s and early 90’s.
the contest was marred by two ugly incidents, — both leaving the Cavs thin at crucial spots.
The first incident occurred in the first quarter when Kevin Love suffered a dislocated shoulder on this play.
Love later said, “I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose.”
Later in the game Kendrick Perkins plowed into Jae Crowder and J.R. Smith was ejected for hitting Crowder in the head.
According to Celtics analyst Cedric Maxwell, the Cavs’ retaliations was planned revenge.
“I talked to some of the Cavaliers players, and one of the things they mentioned to me, they said, ‘Look, what happened with Kevin Love, we’re going to retaliate,’” Maxwell said Sunday night on Sports Final on WBZ-TV, via Boston CBS. “That might have happened when [Kendrick Perkins] came in the game and had the hard foul, and it could have happened with Crowder, because they banged him around pretty good. They might have been sending a message back.”
According to a WBZ-TV producer, the Cavs players told Maxwell this information at halftime. While it seems strange the Cavaliers would openly tell Maxwell their intentions, the evidence certainly isn’t in their favor.
h.t Sporting News