Feb 22, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Antawn Jamison (4) looks to shoot against New Orleans Hornets center Chris Kaman (35) and the New Orleans Hornets defense in the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Just 1.5 games out of the playoffs one season after finishing with the Eastern Conference's worst record, the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-18) begin their post-All Star portion of their schedule with a busy four-game week that starts with a home game against the Boston Celtics (15-17) at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Tuesday.
The Cavaliers have split two games with the Celtics so far this season, with the road team winning each game of a back-to-back in late January. In both games, Kyrie Irving was the leading scorer overall, netting 23 and 21 points respectively. All of these matchups hold special significance in Cleveland's playoff push, because Boston currently occupies the final playoff spot in the East.
Although Cleveland went into All Star weekend on the heels of a disappointing loss to the New Orleans Hornets, the good news is that Antawn Jamison continued his fine form in February. The veteran forward is averaging 22.0 points and 9.0 rebounds and shooting 44.2 % from the field this month.
Meanwhile, the Celtics have slid back to the eighth spot in the East after losing five in a row and seven of eight overall.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.