In the first half of this game, the Celtics were doing just about everything right. They went into the break with a 49-38 lead. Their defense was doing its job, they were even in the rebounding column, and the Celtics were controlling the tempo of the game.
Then the Bulls stormed out of the locker room and ripped off a 29-17 quarter that saw the C's fall back into their old habits of getting crushed on the boards and settling for jumpers. The lack of rebounding forced the C's to play a LOT of defense in the quarter... and when you couple that with the back-to-back night games, you got a gassed team that couldn't execute down the stretch. The C's made a little bit of a late run, but they ended up losing to Chicago 93-86.
Kevin Garnett looked tired. He shot 5-16 and most of his shot were front rimmed. He played 38 minutes tonight, and it caught up with him.
Paul Pierce tailed off after a hot start. He had 12 first quarter points, but only 10 the rest of the way, finishing ...