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Celtics-Heat: Five thoughts at halftime

1. Is this 1997?

After a thoroughly entertaining first quarter that saw both teams shoot over 50 percent and combine for 57 points, the second-quarter turned into a dinner theatre production of the old Heat-Knicks playoff series, where the first to 70 usually picked up the win. All that was missing was old friend P.J. Brown body-slamming Charlie Ward into the ground. Just how ugly was it? Well, the Celtics [1] were down by one point after the first quarter, scored 13 points in the second, and still were only losing by three at the half.

2. Ray Allen [2] and Paul Pierce [3] need to get going

The two leading scorers on the Celtics combined to shoot 3-for-12 in the first half. Maybe they get by tonight if that continues, but it’s hard to imagine a long playoff run with both Pierce and Allen out of sorts.

3. Kevin Garnett [4] was the best Celtics player on the court

Seven points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers in his 16:58 of playing time in the first half.

4. Kendrick Perkins [5] has to be more aggressive

Perkins seemed hesitant to shoot the ball even with good post position on Jermaine O’Neal [6], often kicking the ball out to Ray Allen or Pierce despite single-coverage. His line for the first half (four points, one rebound, three turnovers) pretty much told the story. O’Neal, meanwhile, was active in the first half, shooting just 3-of-10 (eight points) but grabbing seven rebounds.

5. We might have seen the last of Glen Davis [7] tonight

Might be that someone does put Baby in the corner — Doc Rivers [8]. Davis had a pair of shots blocked (pause for shock) in his seven-plus minutes on the court and generally looked overmatched on both ends of the court.