At the half the Celtics  and Spurs are locked in a tight defensive-minded contest. Both teams are shooting around 40 percent from the floor, but the Spurs have a44-43 lead.
Kevin Garnett  scored eight points in the first quarter and has 10 points and six rebounds. Garnett hit the deck hard after he was fouled by Manu Ginobli, but he bounced up after a minute and appears to be OK. Garnett’s old nemesis, Tim Duncan , missed his first four shots and has only four points.
Ginobli leads all scorers with 16 points.
One game after being held to just one rebound, Rasheed Wallace  grabbed six in the first eight minutes. Wallace started in place of Kendrick Perkins  who missed his second game with tendinitis in his knee. Doc Rivers  said before the game that he anticipates Perkins being ready to play Wednesday against the Thunder.
Michael Finley  played seven minutes against his former team and was held scoreless. He attempted just one shot.
Nate Robinson  did play after spraining his ankle Friday against the Kings.
The other bright spot for the Celtics was the play of Shelden Williams  who had six points, three rebounds and one empahtic two-handed dunk.