Video: Former NBA All-Star Says Duke Could Beat This Year’s Cavs

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The miserable 1-10 start of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been agony for their fans, but one former rival is taking gleeful pleasure in this season’s tumble in the standings.

Former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce went so far as to claim that Duke University’s basketball team would be able to defeat the current edition of the Cavs.

Pierce has been a commentator for ESPN since retiring from the game and has been criticized in the past for showing bias in favor of the Celtics and against their opponents.

Last May, he indicated that Boston was in strong position to move into the NBA Finals after jumping out to a 2-0 lead over Cleveland. That feeling proved to be premature as the Cavaliers came back to win the conference finals in seven games.

“I hope the Celtics make it to The Finals, because I don’t want to go to Cleveland,” said Pierce. “I’m tired of going to Cleveland for The Finals.”

The fact that Pierce chose Duke University was presumably due to the Blue Devils’ dominating 118-84 season-opening win on Tuesday night over the University of Kentucky Wildcats. The Blue Devils have won multiple national championships over the past 30 years and have spent much of that time frame as solid contenders for the title.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.