HARTFORD, Conn. — Toronto presents issues for the Celtics frontline because of Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani, neither of whom are true centers but are 6-feet-11 and 7-feet respectively. In the first quarter, Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins are taking turns guarding each and each has already been dunked on by Bosh.
On one play. Perkins, a rugged center who struggles with perimeter defense, had to check Bargnani. With the bench yelling at him to stay honest and keep his feet, Perkins went for a head fake, allowed Bargnani to drive past him and feed Bosh for a two-handed jam.
Athletic frontlines could present problems for the Celtics. Bosh already has nine points and the C’s lead 16-15 with four minutes left in the first period.