3:57 second quarter, Cavaliers 55-35:A fan just called out, "Hey [Celtics assistant Tom] Thibodeu, how about some defense?" He's right. The Cavaliers are shooting 66 percent. They're also 15 of 17 at the line, which doesn't hurt.
6:50 second quarter, Cavaliers 45-27:Nothing's going right for the Celtics. Paul Pierce was just isolated on Mo Williams and blew the bunny. Pierce is 0 for 5. Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins, and Rasheed Wallace all have two fouls.
END first quarter, Cavaliers 36-17:Celtics fans may have a right to bicker about a few of the calls that went against the home team in the first quarter.
But put the calls aside. Truth be told the Celtics aren't doing much of anything right. They're stagnant on offense; Boston is shooting 27 percent from the field, and two possessions ended in desparate Rajon Rondo three-point attempts.
On defense, they're letting LeBron James get wherever he wants to go on the court. James had 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting in the first quarter. He could have had about 10 more.
What an ugly start.
2:00 first quarter, Cavaliers 27-15:LeBron James is officially outscoring the Celtics, 16-15.
5:11 first quarter, Cavaliers 20-8:Some tough calls on the Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett. The Celtics aren't helping their own cause, shooting 23 percent.
6:59 first quarter, Cavaliers 12-8: Kendrick Perkins gives a hard foul to LeBron James. The home crowd liked the aggressive play until Perkins was called for a Flagrant 1. James made both freebies, then hit a jumper for a four-point possession.
9:52 first quarter, Cavaliers 6-2: Another bucket by Shaq and a bucket by LeBron, but Kevin Garnett takes advantage of the mismatch with Antawn Jamison and creates his own shot for two. The Celtics should go to Garnett. Often.
11:07 first quarter, Cavaliers 2-0: Shaq hacked, makes both free throws.
Pregame: The Celtics are on the court, the fans have their thundersticks, and we're about 15 minutes from tip. Stay tuned. Update: Bob Weir with the anthem. David Stern is in the house for this one.