Cavs at Celtics: Game Preview

An early measuring stick of sorts awaits the Cavaliers, as they make their first visit to the Celtics, fresh off a Finals appearance.Donovan Mitchell

Of course, the Cavs will be without Darius Garland again — and you can’t really gauge what this team can become until Garland and Donovan Mitchell get at least a full game together.

Also, this is the second week of the season. It doesn’t wrap up until April. That’s a long ways away. So no matter what happens, it’s important to keep things in perspective for both teams.

But you can’t argue that seeing Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and the defending Eastern Conference champions can offer extra motivation.

“We want to be one of those teams,” Cavs center Jarrett Allen told Chris Fedor of “Got to beat those teams to get where we want to be. Tonight is the perfect example of that. They were in the Finals last year. You can measure yourselves against them. Can use it to see how we stack up against the top.”

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