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Halftime update: The perfect road game

04.23.09 at 9:33 pm ET

Playing on the road in the playoffs is the toughest thing an NBA team can do. There’s the crowd, of course, which has been known to influence a call or two. But there’s also the travel, the break in the normal routine, and the purely anecdotal but mainly factual notion that role players perform better at home than on the road.

The flip side to all that is if a team can walk into another’s building, completely dominate the action and turn the home crowd against its team. That’s what the Celtics have done to Chicago in the first half. The C’s shot 51 percent in the first half in building a 59-37 lead, but more impressively committed just four turnovers and held the Bulls to 32 percent shooting.

Additionally, Paul Pierce managed to sqaush those “Paul is hurt” rumors, by dropping in 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting. The only major concern for the C’s are fouls. Every starter but Glen Davis has two fouls and Mikki Moore picked up three quick personals.

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