Paul Pierce Looked Pissed As LeBron James’ New Cavaliers Scraped Celtics Before Jersey Retirement

Bryan Brandom
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On Sunday night, LeBron James showed what he and his Cleveland Cavaliers can do with some added athleticism and youth.

LeBron had a ball with the new toys he’d acquired at the trade deadline, dishing out 10 assists to just two turnovers to go with 24 points and eight rebounds in a 121-99 beatdown against the Boston Celtics, owners of the league’s best defense; LeBron even tried on that end of the floor.

Cleveland’s newcomers—George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood, and Jordan Clarkson—combined for 49 points on 51.4 percent shooting, and all seemed to have big moments through the shellacking.

And it all happened without Cleveland’s second-best player in the injured Kevin Love.

“It was a good start,” LeBron said after the victory, according to ESPN. “It’s almost like the new guys have been here. … It started with George and his on-the-ball pressure and him just running the team. And then the three guys came off the bench. Jordan was—he’s ready to score at any time, but his composure was great. Rodney plays with so much poise, and Larry was just controlling the perimeter, setting great pick-and-rolls. Got him a lob, got him a dunk, so it was a good start for the new guys, a good start for all of us with our revamped team so far.”

Worst of all for Celtics fans on hand, they had to stick around for the whole thing to watch Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony after the game.

The Truth—a former LeBron rival—and his fellow members of the 2008 NBA championship-winning squad looked pretty miserable.