Preview: Celtics vs. Cavaliers


Preview: Celtics vs. Cavaliers

CLEVELAND The last time Boston and Cleveland played, way back on Sunday, the Celtics choked away an 11-point lead in the fourth as Kyrie Irving capped off the Cavaliers comeback with a driving, left-handed lay-up, giving Cleveland an 88-87 win.

Disappointment was the mood of choice following the loss, especially for Paul Pierce who made a bit of noise afterward about whether Doc Rivers should have sat him for as long as he did.

Rivers went with the second unit guys for the bulk of the fourth. He brought Pierce and Kevin Garnett in with just under four minutes to play, and the C's ahead by seven.

"I wish I was a fortune teller," was Pierce's response after Sunday's game when asked about how different the game would have been had he re-entered it sooner. "I don't think this would have been the outcome."

Rivers is well aware of Pierce's feelings on the matter, but doesn't believe it's that big a deal.

In fact, it's not even something he believes is worth talking over with Pierce.

"We were up 11, 12 (points)," Rivers said. "He had still played 33, 34 minutes. If Paul was 25, he probably would have been in. But, he knows what I'm gonna do. He likes it most of the time, but when you lose, no one likes it. So I don't think it's a big deal; I don't think it's something I need to have a conversation about."

With Rivers indicating that being a non-issue heading into tonight's game, let's take a look at a few issues that will factor into tonight's game as the Celtics (9-10) look to get back to .500 basketball.

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.