Halftime: Celtics 54-44
The Celtics haven't played since Saturday and it shows in a good way. They're making every possession difficult for Utah. On the offensive end, it hasn't always been pretty, but the Celtics are having their way in the paint (30 points already). Ray Allen, Kendrick Perkins, and Kevin Garnett are all in double-figures with 10 points.
Deron Williams leads the Jazz with 10 points and 5 assists.
2:51 second quarter, Celtics 48-37
A drive-and-dish from Rajon Rondo to Kendrick Perkins has given the Celtics their largest lead of the game. Perkins is working on a double-double (8 points and 7 rebounds). Rondo has 7 assists.
6:37 second quarter, Celtics 38-31
Someone just pressed the ugly button. Both teams are missing shots left and right. The Celtics are playing stingy defense, forcing Utah in eight turnovers. The Celtics themselves have gone cold and are down to 50 percent shooting.
10:24 second quarter, Celtics 36-27
A couple of three-pointers by Rasheed Wallace have opened this game up a little. The Celtics are still shooting 67 percent.
END first quarter, Celtics 28-23
No matter what kind of defense the Celtics are playing, they're going to do pretty well shooting 61 percent from the floor. The Jazz are shooting 45 percent. Boston needs to stop Deron Williams from getting into the paint.
2:23 first quarter, Celtics 23-21
Spotty internet here at the Garden. About as spotty as the Celtics' interior defense! I kid. No but seriously, this game is going to be won in the paint. The Celtics and Jazz have 12 and 10 points in the paint respectively. The teams are a combined 1 of 4 from three.
5:26 first quarter, Celtics 16-14
The Celtics have missed only one shot in seven chances, but they're clinging to a two-point lead because they can't keep Utah off the glass. The Jazz already have a couple of second-chance baskets.
8:25 first quarter, Celtics 12-6
A couple of mismatches in that last sequence, but both of them went Boston's way. Deron Williams had KG on him but couldn't take advantage, the Jazz wasting the chance with too much passing and a bad shot. On the other side, Ray Allen had Andrei Kirilenko on him and blew past the big man for a layup.
9:59 first quarter, Celtics 6-4
Kevin Garnett is matched up with Mehmet Okur, Kendrick Perkins with Carlos Boozer.
Deron Williams in the starting lineup for Utah. It will be interesting to see if he has any minute restrictions.