It's easy to forget given the hoopla around the IsaiahThomas video tribute postponement, but there is an actually a basketball game being played tonight at the TD Garden between two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs took the opening night matchup in a 102-99 thriller that will always have an asterisk next to it for being the night Gordon Hayward unfortunately went down with his leg injury.
With only three regular season contests between the two teams this year in total, the season tiebreaker could be clinched by the Cavs tonight with a victory. Thomas won’t be in action, but there is still plenty of intrigue leftover to see how these young Celtics matchup with LeBron and company midway through the year. Let’s examine a few areas to keep an eye on for tonight’s showdown.