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Celtics-Warriors Game Blog: Second Quarter

11.26.08 at 6:13 pm ET
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At the half … Warriors 67 , Celtics 54

SECOND HALF WRAP: So how did this happen?

  • To start, the Celtics only hit 5 field goals in the entire second quarter compared to the Warriors 12.
  • Garnett was scoreless in the second, Ray Allen scored three, and Pierce had two.
  • Maggette scored 11 while Jackson added six.
  • The Warriors hit two free throws in the first quarter and 14 in the second.
  • The Celtics, on the other hand, made 7 in the first and just 8 in the second.
  • 67 first half points is the most given up by the Celtics since March 14, 2005 against the Charlotte Bobcats. They won the game 119-110.

– Another T, this time for Doc Rivers. The Celtics are leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the league in  technicals … and Doc’s still heated.

– Maggette is flat out ignoring Ray Allen and seeing only the basket in this quarter. He scored 11 second quarter points before getting a rest with 3:30 to go in the half. There’s no let up for the Celtics, though. Stephen Jackson has 18 points so far and is attacking the hoop possession after possession.

– At the timeout, the Warriors have outscored the Celtics 15-8 six minutes into the second quarter. The game is tied 43-43, led by six points in as many minutes from Maggette. The Warriors have also forced three turnovers while committing none.

– KG vs. Ronny Turiaf … I feel like I’m at the NBA Finals again.

– If Eddie House and Corey Maggette were to get tangled on the court, who do you think would come up on the winning end? Surprisingly, it was House who dealt a hard blow to Maggette under the Warriors basket. (No hard feelings, he checked to make sure Maggette was ok.) The Warriors won’t underestimate the size of EHouse.

– Rather than leave a starter on the court, Doc’s going with Scal again in the second unit. He’s on the court with Leon Powe, Tony Allen, Glen Davis, and Eddie House. The Warriors have Corey Maggette, Andris Biedrins, Kelenna Azubuike, C.J. Watson, and Ronny Turiaf.

– One thing that jumped out in the first quarter was how undersized the Warriors looked next to the Celtics. Kendrick Perkins vs. Brandan Wright? Perk’s got 75 pounds on him. So I crunched the numbers to compare the starting lineups … Celtics: 6’7, 230.2 lbs, Warriors: 6’8, 215.6 lbs. May not seem like a big difference but it sure translates into the Celtics big men doing a lot of banging around in the paint.

– The Golden State Warriors allow the second most points in the league (106 ppg), and tonight it’s easy to see why. The Celtics are on pace to score 70 points in the first half alone after aggressively attacking the paint in the first quarter. Let’s see if they run up the scoreboard in the second quarter …

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