CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO/ESPN) - The Cleveland Cavaliers kicked off their regular season Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena against the Boston Celtics and the outcome wasn't very pretty.
There are plenty of uncertainties surrounding the future of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics as they're currently constructed, and after discouraging playoff exits for both teams, the pressure to win now has only increased.
Shaquille O'Neal and Rasheed Wallace have some experience doing just that.
The veteran big men may eventually make a difference for their new teams in the postseason, but the spotlight will still be on reigning MVP -- and potential free agent -- LeBron James and Boston's Big Three in the NBA's season opener Tuesday night as the Cavaliers seek a 12th straight home win over the Celtics.
Cleveland (66-16) and Boston (62-20) were the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference last season, and considering they had represented the East in the past two NBA finals, but both teams were ousted by the Orlando Magic. The Celtics fell in seven games in the conference semifinals before the Cavaliers were eliminated in six in the East finals.
Cavs fall the Celtics in their first regular season game at the "Q", 95-89.