|04.26.09 at 4:12 pm ET|
Ben Gordon drained a three-pointer over Paul Pierce to send Game 4 into overtime, 110-110. Rajon Rondo passed on a drive to the basket and missed an attempted game-winning jumper. Kendrick Perkins, Brian Scalabrine, and Brad Miller have fouled out.
|04.26.09 at 3:46 pm ET|
Ray Allen played the hero again, sending Game 4 into overtime tied at 96 apiece. Allen drained a three-pointer with seconds left in regulation. The Celtics fended off a Derrick Rose attack on the Bulls last possession.
The Celtics are without Kendrick Perkins, who fouled out in the fourth quarter. Brian Scalabrine is playing with five fouls.
|04.26.09 at 2:55 pm ET|
After three, the Celtics have a 70-65 lead. Following two breathtaking games in Boston, and a blowout in Chicago, the Celtics and Bulls have settled in for a grind-it-out playoff game. No one is shooting the ball well, but the Celtics have been doing a good job on the defensive glass and limiting Chicago’s second-half points.
The C’s started the second half slowly, but picked it up at the end of the quarter with Paul Pierce scoring the final seven points of the quarter. Rajon Rondo continued his torrid play. He has 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Kendrick Perkins has also had a strong game with 15 points and seven rebounds. Perk’s play has made up for Big Baby Davis who is just 1-for-8 from the floor.
This is make or break time for the Bulls, and for the Celtics it’s a chance to take command of the series.
|04.26.09 at 2:17 pm ET|
During halftime of Game 4 between the Celtics and Bulls, ABC revealed Paul Pierce’s favorite five players to watch growing up:
1. Charles Barkley
2. Shaquille O’Neal
3. Magic Johnson
4. Michael Jordan
5. Dominique Wilkins
Click here to see Ray Allen’s favorite five shooters of all-time.
|04.26.09 at 2:14 pm ET|
Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins are proving just how much they have learned from playing with the Big Three. Once considered a supporting cast, Rondo and Perkins were the driving force behind the Celtics to a 46-45 first half lead over the Bulls.
Rondo is on pace for another triple-double with 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Perkins, often left alone to fight at the basket, posted 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
The Bulls kicked off the second quarter with a 16-2 run, stemming back to the first quarter. But Paul Pierce broke out of his offensive slump, scoring his first points of the game during an 8-0 by the Celtics. He finished the half with 7 points and 5 rebounds.
Derrick Rose leads the Bulls with 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Brad Miller also added 10 off the bench.
While it is still anyone’s game at this point, the Bulls have to be concerned about second half surge from the Celtics. Glen Davis (1-6 FG, 2 points) has yet to get going and Pierce seems to just be warming up.
|04.26.09 at 1:30 pm ET|
The Celtics got off to a solid start in Game 4, and have a 19-18 lead. It hasn’t been overly pretty, but as expected, Chicago came out aggressive but couldn’t convert that energy into points. A key for the Celtics was their impressive work on the defensive glass. They have grabbed 11 of an available 13 defensive rebounds.
Rajon Rondo is once again leading the Celtics with seven points, three rebounds and two assists. Ray Allen has also been efficient with six points on three shots. Paul Pierce is off to a slow start–he’s missed his first three shots and Kendrick Perkins picked up two quick fouls at the end of the quarter.
But everything else is going Boston’s way. Chicago is shooting just 36 percent and the Bulls are having trouble getting good shots. The bench will have to make a bit of a stand in the next 12 minutes.
|04.25.09 at 4:50 pm ET|
J.R. Gidden’s postseason is over — with the Utah Flash, at least. The Celtics rookie led the Flash to the NBDL Finals before losing to the Colorado 14ers on Friday night, 123-104. Giddens, who was assigned to the Flash in March, posted 17 points , 15 rebounds, and 5 assists in the loss. He averaged 17.2 points (57.8% FG) and 6.3 rebounds during the D-League playoffs. Giddens was selected by the Celtics with the 30th pick in the 2008 Draft.