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Game 5: First quarter update

What can you say about a quarter in which the home team shoots 6-for-22 and the visiting team’s All-Star center grabs nine rebounds and scores zero points? The operative word here is “bizarre.”

The Celtics [1] came out with a lot of energy and seemed a step ahead of Orlando, but after getting an early 8-4 lead, it’s been all Magic. Orlando has been aggressively helping on any and every Celtics drive to the basket and that has let to a lot of kick-out jump shots. Make that a lot of kick-out jump shot misses.

Ray Allen’s cold shooting has continued (0-for-4) and Rajon Rondo [2] and Paul Pierce [3] are each 1-for-4. The Magic, meanwhile, have relied on Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu [4] who scored 14 points and combined to go 7-for-9 from the floor.

The second unit is for the Celtics. Kendrick Perkins [5] and Pierce are the only starters to start the second quarter with Brian Scalabrine [6], Stephon Marbury [7] and Eddie House [8].