HALFTIME, Celtics 42, Bobcats 31
It looks like KG won't be getting his rest just yet.
The Celtics turned it on late in the second quarter, but they are by no means burying the Bobcats. Some startling stats: The Bobcats have 12 turnovers compared to just six for the Celtics. The turnover difference is made up for by the difference at the foul line -- 14 attempts for Charlotte, just three for Boston. Ray Allen leads the Celtics with 13 points.
4:11 second quarter, Celtics 35, Bobcats 29
It's hard to imagine the Bobcats can have 11 turnovers and still be in this game.
7:34 second quarter, Celtics 29, Bobcats 23
Here come the Bobcats. That last jumper by Raymond Felton caps a 6-1 run. Charlotte's up to 38.1 percent shooting, while the Celtics are down to 39.3 percent.
9:45 second quarter, Celtics 28, Bobcats 17
The Celtics are really spreading it around -- four players (Garnett, Allen, Rondo, Wallace) with six points.
END first quarter, Celtics 22, Bobcats 13
OK so it's not Celtics-Cavs. But we can't do that every night. Too stressful.
Shooting has been a major difference so far -- the Celtics shot 45 percent for the quarter, while the Bobcats shot 20 percent. Credit the Celtics for making every shot difficult for Charlotte. Teams can get outside shots against the Celtics, and they often take them. That translates to a lot of standing around and chucking.
The crowd is loving this game despite the lack of competition so far. Every new player off the bench brings squeals of delight "Eddie, oooohhh."
4:06 first quarter, Celtics 12, Bobcats 6
Standing ovation for Rasheed Wallace. In an even bigger tribute, Paul Pierce picked up a technical foul as Rasheed was checking in.
5:16 first quarter, Celtics 12, Bobcats 4
Woman behind me just said, "This isn't as exciting as last night." She makes a good point. In related news, the Bobcats are 1 of 8.
7:13 first quarter, Celtics 8, Bobcats 2
First points for the Bobcats scored on a jumper by Boris Diaw, formerly of Phoenix Suns fame.
8:54 first quarter, Celtics 8, Bobcats 0
OK that's better. The Celtics have 6 points off of 4 very quick Bobcats turnovers. Timeout, Charlotte.
In other news, it's pretty green in here. Lots of folks wearing the green shirts. In other other news, it will be interesting to see how long KG, PP, and co. play if this game gets out of hand.
11:41 first quarter, Celtics 0, Bobcats 0
Nothing like a defensive three-second violation and a missed free throw by Raymond Felton to start the home opener off right.
They're introducing each player on the two teams, bench, coaches, and all. Huge ovation for Rasheed Wallace. Awkward silence for Big Baby, who is not here tonight. Kevin Garnett with the loudest ovation.