|Second Quarter Wrap: Celtics-Heat||04.27.10 at 8:17 pm ET|
The Celtics are just 24 minutes away from ending this series, leading the Heat by a score of 48-38 at the half.
Paul Pierce (13 points) and Rajon Rondo (12 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists) have led the Celtics charge. Also a strong first half for Kendrick Perkins, who finished the opening 24 with six points, five rebounds and two blocks.
Dwyane Wade leads the Heat with 11 points, but has shot only 4-for-11 and has had trouble getting to the basket. Miami is shooting just 34.9 percent from the floor and have missed all eight three-point attempts.
|First Quarter Wrap: Celtics-Heat||04.27.10 at 7:37 pm ET|
The Celtics finished the opening quarter on a 13-4 run to grab a 29-21 lead. Paul Pierce led the Celtics in scoring with nine points, while Rajon Rondo added eight points, four rebounds and two assists.
Boston shot 67 percent from the floor and passed the ball brilliantly, collecting 11 assists on 14 field goals.
|Fast Break: Celtics-Heat||04.20.10 at 10:41 pm ET|
What looked to be a competitive game early (tied at 23 after the first quarter) turned out to be an absolute romp as the Celtics used runs of 21-0 and 18-0 to humiliate the Miami Heat, 106-77, and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series.
The story of the game? The inside play of Glen Davis and Kendrick Perkins. With Kevin Garnett sitting at Danny Ainge’s house, both Davis and Perkins needed to step up their play. They did so and more, combining to score 36 points with 17 rebounds.
The story of the game, Part II? Has to be the defense. Looked the 2008 group, holding the Heat to just 10 points in second quarter. Miami shot just 38.2 percent for the game and appeared to be totally dazed and confused on the offensive end of the court. Dwyane Wade ended the game with maybe the quietest 29 points in history, with nearly all scored after the game was long decided.
Ray Allen put on a shooting clinic, hitting seven three-pointers and finishing with a team-high 25 points. This was done despite Allen not attempting a field goal in the first quarter.
First Quarter: Would have been tough to guess what the eventual final would be after the first 12 minutes, a quarter that saw the teams tied at 23. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with seven points in the quarter, while Davis and Perkins each chipped in with six. Wade led all players with eight points, while Jermaine O’Neal blocked four shots (all Davis attempts.)
Second Quarter: The Heat shot just 4-of-20 in the second quarter, as the Celtics used that aforementioned 21-0 run to take a 49-33 lead at the break. The Celtics were led by Davis and Ray Allen, who each scored eight points in the quarter. The Perkins/Davis duo combined for a 21-13 line in the first half.
Third Quarter: Ray Allen was brilliant, hitting on five-of-six three pointers on his way to a 17-point quarter. The Celtics used an 18-0 run to take a 69-37 lead with 5:38 left in the quarter. It was pretty much Geno time from that point on. Wade had 16 points in the quarter, but all were scored in the final 3:42 (the Celtics led by 32 points at the time.)
Player of the Game: As great as Allen’s shooting was in the third, the game was nearly over by then. Davis (23 points, eight boards) was THE impact player when the Celtics moved ahead in the second quarter. Energy, energy, energy.
|Fast Break: Celtics-Heat||04.17.10 at 11:00 pm ET|
It wasn’t pretty, but the Celtics turned back the clock to 2008 to pick up an 85-76 first-round, Game 1 win over the Heat on Saturday night.
(Click here to see the box score.)
OK, maybe it wasn’t quite as dramatic as Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals, but there were a couple of parallels. Instead of Kobe Bryant, it was Dwyane Wade that was frustrated by the Celtics defense, with Tony Allen playing the role of James Posey. And Paul Pierce was the engine for the comeback in both contests.
First Quarter: The Celtics and Heat each shot over 50 percent in an entertaining opening quarter that saw the Heat grab a 29-28 lead after 12 minutes. Tony Allen replaced Ray Allen (who left the game with a bloody nose) and scored eight points to lead all Celtics.
Second Quarter: The Heat only scored 15 points in the second quarter but still managed to increase the lead to 44-41 at the half. The Celtics were held to 13 points in the second quarter, connecting on just four field goals. Following Ray Allen’s layup with 10:21 left in the quarter the Celtics went over six minutes before hitting on another field goal. No Boston player scored in double figures in the first half, with Tony Allen leading all Celtics with eight points. Dwyane Wade paced all players with 11 first-half points.
Third Quarter: The Heat started the quarter on a 17-6 run to grab a 61-47 lead. The Celtics responded with a 17-5 burst to close out the quarter and cut the lead to just 66-64. Paul Pierce was the standout during the run, scoring nine points. Kevin Garnett also was key in the quarter, scoring six points with four rebounds. Wade had nine points in the quarter for the Heat and Quentin Richardson added eight.
Fourth Quarter: All about the defense for the Celtics, as the Heat were limited to just 10 points in the final quarter (and just 32 for the second half.)
Player of the Game: Tony Allen set a playoff career high with 14 points, hitting on 7-of-12 shots. He also locked down Wade during the third-quarter comeback and into the fourth-quarter, as Wade went nearly 12 minutes without scoring.
Turning Point: The third-quarter run by the Celtics. The game was looking to be on the verge of a blowout win for the Heat before the Celtics went on the 17-5 tear.
|Celtics-Heat: Five third-quarter thoughts||04.17.10 at 10:15 pm ET|
1. Pierce keeps the Celtics alive
With 7:03 left in the quarter Dwyane Wade hit a floater to give the Heat a 61-47 lead and it seemed like it was time to dust off the obit. But Paul Pierce scored nine points to key a 17-5 run to close out the quarter as the lead was cut to just two points.
2. Celtics getting owned on the boards
Tough to win an NBA playoff game when you have just two offensive rebounds in 36 minutes. The Heat enter the fourth quarter with an overall rebounding edge of 31-21, including nine for Jermaine O’Neal and eight for Michael Beasley.
3. The bench has slowed down
The reserves scored 13 points in the first quarter, but just two points since. And no sign of Marquis Daniels through three quarters.
4. Still nothing from Ray Allen
Hasn’t hit a three (on four attempts) and is 2-of-8 from the floor. Called Dwayne Wade the toughest matchup in the league before the game, and Wade is 9-of-12 for 20 points after three.
5. That’s why Doc plays Big Baby
I was wrong on that call after the first half. Doc called on Davis in the third quarter and his energy was a big part of the run. His strip of Wade and dive to the floor to force a jump ball was big in bringing the crowd back into the game.
|Celtics-Heat: Five thoughts at halftime||04.17.10 at 9:31 pm ET|
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 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.
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 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 has to be more aggressive
Perkins seemed hesitant to shoot the ball even with good post position on Jermaine O’Neal, 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 tonight
Might be that someone does put Baby in the corner — Doc Rivers. 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.
|Celtics-Heat: Five First-Quarter Thoughts||04.17.10 at 8:49 pm ET|
1. Playoff time is Tony Allen time
Maybe a little strong, but when Ray Allen left the game with a bloody nose the Celtics got a huge lift off the bench from Tony Allen, who scored eight points and played his usual brand of physical defense on Dwyane Wade.
2. The bench stepped up
A (much-deserved) target all season long, the Celtics’ bench was terrific in the opening quarter, scoring 13 points on six-of-seven shooting. Nine Celtics played in the first quarter (also nine for the Heat.)
3. Flu no factor for Rondo
Rajon Rondo played 10:11 in the first quarter, scoring four points (making both of his shots) with a pair of assists. He was able to get to the basket at will and looks to be the toughest matchup for the Heat.
4. Wade has come to play
One of the league’s elite players looked every bit the part in the first, hitting four-of-five shots on his way to a nine-point quarter.
5. Pierce struggles, KG shines
Paul Pierce looked to be forcing the issue at times in the first, hitting just one-of-four shots. Garnett, however, was all over the court in his 10 minutes of play, scoring four points with four rebounds and three assists.