Bill Simmons is often a measured, rational basketball mind. But every now and then, his undying love for his hometown Celtics clouds his judgment. With the Cs and Cavs fighting for the No. 1 seed in the East, their Wednesday night showdown on ESPN stood to swing the advantage one way or the other.
In Simmons’ mind, the fact that Tristan Thompson would finally break his years-long iron-man streak of consecutive games played offered the Celtics a unique chance to get the upper hand on their Eastern Conference rivals.