Originally written on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 4/29/12
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The Celtics tried climbing out of a hole throughout this hole game. They played without energy and were flat in their shooting.  This allowed Atlanta to cruise to a game one victory, 83-74.  Remembering all of this before the soon to be infamous call is important because the Celtics played awful in this game and deserved to lose. Continuing on how poorly the Celtics played before we analyze the call, the Celtics at one point had Rondo with more points than Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett combined with Brandon Bass without a field goal attempt.  They lacked ball movement and every shot was hitting the front rim. Clearly the Celtics left their energy in Boston in the first half. In the second half, the Celtics did a much better job defensively which helped bring this game close enough for Boston to sneak away with a game on victory, considering how they were playing.  If Boston continues to rotate poorly on perimeter shooters in Atlanta, they will not win this series.  Kudos to the Haw...
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