Posted by Matt Rury on December 4, 2009 at 8:35 PM
CELTICS! HOO-RAH! CELTICS! HOO-RAH! CELTICS! HOO-RAH! ONE, TWO, THREE, UBUNTU!!
Have I lost my mind? No, that's the chant the Celtics do before they come out of the tunnel before each game and it seems to have hit home tonight. Now that I got that out of my system, let's recap what you were watching for in the first half:
- Paul Pierce on Kevin Durant - Both of these guys are firing on all cylinders - just as the rest of their respective teams are. Both hit double digits in the first quarter and each team shot over 60%.
- Stamina of the Celtics/Celtics bench - The starters got out to a big lead so the bench came in with three- to four minutes left in the quarter. The bench kept the lead at 31-20 after one but as I write this Pierce is coming back early in the second quarter. We'll see how this plays out.
- KG on the offensive end - KG started hot tonight but only took 3 shots in the first quarter. He did lend a hand on offense, dishing out 3 assists.
- Sheed for three - He hasn't taken a three yet but also hasn't really seen any open looks from behind the arc. He extended the lead to 11 with 40 seconds left in the quarter.
In the 2nd quarter things didn't change a whole lot. Pierce and Durant both stayed hot, scoring 21 and 22 respectively. Both teams are still shooting close to 60% with the Celtics being more successful behind the 3-point arc. The Celtics don't seem to be slowing down as Mike and Donny mentioned to end the half. When a team is playing this well they don't care how many games in a row they've played, they just want to get back out there.
Oklahoma City started leaving KG open in the 2nd quarter and he made them pay, knocking down 18 footers with ease and ending the half with twelve points on 5-6 shooting. The Celtics spread it around getting 13 points from Kendrick Perkins who was 5-5 from the field.
Three things to watch for in the second half:
- Will anyone play any defense?? The Celtics have six steals so far but have not blocked a shot and OKC is shooting 57% from the floor. The Celtics are just as hot but the first team to play defense will have the edge to close this one out.
- Will the Celtics build a big enough lead to see Giddens, Hudson and Scal?
- Will Kevin Durant and Jeff Green sit down the rest of the way? They've played 20 and 22 minutes respectively and will probably have to stay on the floor another 20-23 minutes each if the Thunder are going to have a chance in this one.