Rondo had a hand in all of the Celtics first 21 points. He scored 10 of them himself and assisted on the other five field goals as the C’s made 10 of their first 13 shots before a Cleveland timeout. He finished the quarter with 12 points and six assists.
Paul Pierce  did not play (thumb, flu) and Doc Rivers  suggested before the game that he could miss more time. The Celtics play the lowly Nets on Saturday and then don’t play again until Tuesday so there’s good chance to get him some rest. Marquis Daniels  did play despite suffering from the flu. Daniels started in Pierce’s place and drew the assignment of guarding LeBron James .
James kept the Cavaliers  in the game with 10 points.