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Halftime Wrap: Celtics – Cavs 05.11.10 at 9:30 pm ET
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Halftime Score: Celtics 50, Cavaliers 44

The Celtics bounced back from a 3-point first quarter deficit to outscore the Cavaliers, 30-21, in the second. They have a six-point lead at halftime.

The biggest question entering Game 4 was, who would shut down Rajon Rondo? And as always, containing LeBron James was a concern. But the biggest story of the half is the lack of scoring by both players. Neither player has made a field goal — Rondo is scoreless while all of James eight points have come at the line (0-4 FG).

Paul Pierce, who has struggled offensively the entire series, leads all players with 14 points. Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett are right behind with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Mo Williams and Shaquille O’Neal have scored seven points apiece for the Cavs.

But the Celtics are far from being in the clear. Their unit of bigs has been hampered by foul trouble – Rasheed Wallace has four personals while Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis were both called for three.

First Quarter Wrap: Celtics – Cavs 05.11.10 at 8:38 pm ET
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First Quarter Score: Cavaliers 23, Celtics 20

After his remarkable Game 4 performance, Rajon Rondo is scoreless through the first quarter. The point guard is 0-for-1 from the field with one rebound, two turnovers, and no assists in 11 minutes. But this was not because of a change in defense. The Cavaliers started Anthony Parker, not LeBron James, on Rondo.

James is also scoreless (0-2 FG) through 12 minutes, a testament to the defense of Paul Pierce.

Instead of Rondo and James leading the way, Pierce has six points, tied for a team-high with Kevin Garnett. Kendrick Perkins found himself in early foul trouble with two personals halfway through the quarter.

Why Spike Lee is rooting for the Celtics 05.11.10 at 12:09 pm ET
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Diehard New York fan Spike Lee is throwing his support to the Celtics ‘€” but not without his own motivations.

As Lee explained to ESPNNewYork.com, he has the Knicks’ best interest in mind when he roots for the C’€™s. He hopes that an Eastern Conference semifinals loss for the Cavaliers could sway James to leave Cleveland during free agency this summer.

“We need LeBron,” Lee said. “I feel we have a better chance to get LeBron James if Cleveland loses this series to the Celtics. The quicker Cleveland loses, the better our chances are of getting LeBron.”

In spite of his allegiance to the Knicks, Lee actually has a few ties to the Celtics. He directed Ray Allen in ‘€œHe Got Game’€ and recently spoke with Rajon Rondo at an event for ‘€œJust Wright,’€ a movie in which Rondo has a cameo.

While Lee told ESPN he does not think the Cavs have an answer for Rondo, he strongly re-emphasized the true reason behind his unexpected support for the C’€™s.

“I’m not putting on any green and I’m not going to kiss the Blarney Stone or do the shamrock thing,’€ he said. ‘€œI hate the Red Sox as much as I hate the Celtics and the ghost of Johnny Most and all those guys. This is the first and last time I root for Boston on anything, but for this one possible result it’s worth it.”

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Rondo takes on the big screen 05.10.10 at 1:03 am ET
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Rajon Rondo played the leading role in the Celtics‘ win over the Cavaliers on Sunday. It’€™s not the only role he’€™s playing this week.

Rondo has a cameo role in the upcoming film ‘€œJust Wright,’€ a romantic comedy about a basketball player starring Common and Queen Latifah, which opens in theaters on Friday.

‘€œI’€™m friends with Common,’€ Rondo told WEEI.com. ‘€œHe asked me if I wasn’€™t doing anything, there was a basketball movie and he would try to get me a part in it, and he did.’€

Rondo shot his scene last summer in New York. He soaked up the total movie experience, complete with hair, makeup and long hours on set.

‘€œIt was actually different than I expected,’€ he said. ‘€œWe were on set for like 12 hours. My actual shot is maybe like 30 seconds.’€

Even though Rondo did not have a speaking role in the movie, he still enjoyed being part of the production.

‘€œ[My favorite part was] just seeing how they do it,’€ he said. ‘€œI’€™ve never been on a movie set before so it was just first experience. I didn’€™t know you do one particular scene like an entire day. We did maybe like 20 takes. It was crazy. I didn’€™t expect it. But the guys from the cast were very funny, so I had a great time.’€

Rondo is not the first Celtic to have a brush with the silver screen. Ray Allen starred in ‘€œHe Got Game’€ and Glen Davis was a top candidate for the leading role in ‘€œThe Blind Side.’€ But don’€™t expect Rondo to be sending out demo tapes any time soon.

‘€œI’€™m not trying to pursue an acting career,’€ he said. ‘€œI was myself in the movie.’€

Rondo has proved he doesn’t need to be in movies to play a starring role.

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Fast Break: Celtics – Cavs 05.09.10 at 6:32 pm ET
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Final Score: Celtics 97, Cavaliers 87

The Celtics overcame an early deficit to hold on for a critical Game 4 win. The C’€™s tied up the Eastern Conference Semifinals series at one apiece as they head to Cleveland for Game 5 on Tuesday.

Player of the game: Rajon Rondo fueled the Celtics efforts with 29 points, 18 rebounds, and 13 assists in 47 minutes. The home crowd chanted ‘€œM-V-P’€ as he shot free throws at the close of the game.

First Quarter: Celtics 31, Cavaliers 22

By the time the Cavaliers had jumped out to a 7-0 lead, the Celtics had shot 0-for-3, been whistled for two fouls, and committed a turnover. It was only 2:13 into the game.

Then the shots began to fall for the Celtics. Ray Allen hit a jumper, Rajon Rondo drove the lane, and Kevin Garnett made it to the free throw line. The Celtics went on an 8-0 run before taking the lead, 13-12, with 6:22 to go. From that point on, they outscored the Cavs, 18-10, to end the first quarter leading by nine.

Rondo led all players with 11 points, five rebounds, and three assists. LeBron James led the Cavs with eight points. The Celtics outscored the Cavs 14-8 in the paint. They also outrebounded the Cavs, 13-6, and outscored them 7-0 on second chance points.

But the Celtics were not in the clear. Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins were sidelined early with two personal fouls. Rasheed Wallace picked up three in five minutes.

Halftime: Celtics 54 – Cavs 45

It was a physical first half between the Celtics and Cavaliers, leaving key members of both teams in foul trouble.

There were 31 personal fouls called, 18 on the Celtics and 13 on the Cavs. More importantly, key members of each squad were getting whistled:

Celtics: Rasheed Wallace (4), Ray Allen (3), Kendrick Perkins (3), Paul Pierce (2), Kevin Garnett (2), Tony Allen (2)

Cavs: Shaquille O’€™Neal (3), Antawn Jamison (2), Mo Williams (2), J.J. Hickson (2)

Rondo led all players with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. James led the Cavs with 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. The C’€™s had a nine-point lead in spite of just five points from Paul Pierce, thanks in part to their defense. They are outrebounded the Cavs 24-16 and held them without any second chance points.

Rather than give up a basket, Paul Pierce intentionally fouled Shaq and drew his fourth personal.

Third Quarter: Celtics 74, Cavaliers 72

Foul trouble continued to plague the Celtics in the third quarter, as they saw their nine-point halftime lead dwindle.

Rather than give up a basket, Pierce intentionally Shaquille O’€™Neal and drew his fourth personal. The play sent Pierce to the bench with the Celtics up, 60-51, and 8:41 to go. The Cavs outscored the C’€™s, 21-14, the remainder of the quarter. Anderson Varejao tied the game at 67 apiece off of a driving layin before Tony Allen scored the Celtics final four points of the quarter to give them a two-point lead.

Rondo recorded a triple-double in the quarter with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. James and O’€™Neal scored 17 apiece for the Cavs.

Fourth quarter: Celtics 97, Cavaliers 87

The Celtics opened the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run, with eight of the points coming from Tony Allen and Glen Davis. It was a necessary boost as Ray Allen and Pierce were limited with five fouls apiece. (Ray Allen eventually fouled out.) But after the bench helped put the Celtics ahead, Doc Rivers turned to his starters to finish the job. All five starters were on the court with just under three minutes to play and the C’€™s up, 88-84. They closed out the game on a 9-3 run to give the Celtics a Game 4 win.

Game 4 Notes:

- There were 58 personal fouls issued between the Celtics and Cavs. Ray Allen fouled out, Pierce, Garnett, Perkins, and O’Neal were called for five, and Wallace, James, Jamison, and Williams were whistled for four.

- The Celtics outrebounded the Cavs, 47-33. After 18 boards from Rondo, no one on the C’s grabbed more than six. No Cavaliers reached 10 rebounds.

- The Celtics and Cavs combined for 5-for-35 from 3-point range. Ray Allen (1/8 3PG) hit the Celtics only trey.

Third Quarter Wrap: Celtics – Cavaliers 05.09.10 at 5:48 pm ET
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Third Quarter Wrap: Celtics 74, Cavaliers 72

Foul trouble continued to plague the Celtics in the third quarter, as they saw their nine-point halftime lead dwindle.

Rather than give up a basket, Paul Pierce intentionally Shaquille O’€™Neal and drew his fourth personal. The play sent Pierce to the bench with the Celtics up, 60-51, and 8:41 to go. The Cavs outscored the C’€™s, 21-14, the remainder of the quarter. Anderson Varejao tied the game at 67 apiece off of a driving layin before Tony Allen scored the Celtics final four points of the quarter to give them a two-point lead.

Rajon Rondo continues to lead all players with 23 points.

Halftime Wrap: Celtics – Cavs 05.09.10 at 4:55 pm ET
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Halftime Wrap: Celtics 54 – Cavs 45

It was a physical first half between the Celtics and Cavaliers, leaving key members of both teams in foul trouble.

There were 31 personal fouls called, 18 on the Celtics and 13 on the Cavs. More importantly, key members of each squad were getting whistled:

Celtics: Rasheed Wallace (4), Ray Allen (3), Kendrick Perkins (3), Paul Pierce (2), Kevin Garnett (2), Tony Allen (2)

Cavs: Shaquille O’€™Neal (3), Antawn Jamison (2), Mo Williams (2), J.J. Hickson (2)

Rajon Rondo leads all players with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. LeBron James leads the Cavs with 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. The C’€™s have a nine-point lead in spite of just five points from Paul Pierce, thanks in part to their defense. They are outrebounding the Cavs 24-16 and have held them without any second chance points.

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