Final, Celtics 96-78: There wasn’t much doubt about this one. Even without Rajon Rondo, the Celtics had no trouble dispatching the Trailblazers at TD Garden tonight. Portland had little offense outside of LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored 23 points, while the Celtics got 19 points out of Jeff Green, back after injuring his right knee against Brooklyn on Wednesday.
It won’t be quite so easy against Milwaukee tomorrow. But the Celtics were able to take advantage of a team that had scored just 33 point at the half, despite shooting 27 free throws.
Fourth quarter, 3:33, Celtics 88-71: We’ve got a Kris Joseph sighting. He’s up from the D-League, and just entered the game.
Fourth quarter, 8:38, Celtics 83-64: The Trailblazers had crept a bit closer when the Celtics knocked down two straight three pointers to up the lead. The second was by Jeff Green, who now has 19 points in the game.
End of third quarter, Celtics 75-59: Jason Terry has 17 points. Jeff Green has 14. Paul Pierce has 12. With a tough road game against Milwaukee looming tomorrow night and a big lead over the Trailblazers, it looks like Doc is trying to get some rest for some of his starters.
Third quarter, 5:54, Celtics 69-45: More of the same. Aldridge up to 19 points for the Blazers, who continue to trail by more than three touchdowns. The Celtics have four players in double figures in scoring. The Blazers have Aldridge.
Halftime, Celtics 56-33: The good news for the Trailblazers is that they topped 30 points in the half, unlike that last trip to Boston. The bad news is that they’re still down 23 points. (For the record, they shot 27 free throws and STILL only scored 33 points. That seems … difficult.) Portland also had two assists in the first half. Two.
The Celtics, meanwhile, got 14 points from Jeff Green, 12 from Jason Terry, and 10 from Paul Pierce. Pierce added five rebounds.
Second quarter, 2:51, Celtics 46-27: By the way, when Portland played here in March, they scored just 30 points in the first half. It was 65-30 Celtics at the break. We’re not that far off tonight. And Blazers not named LaMarcus Aldridge are 2-for-16 with 13 points. Aldridge has 14 of the team’s 27.
Second quarter, 3:32, Celtics 43-25: My analysis: This Trailblazers team is not very good. I know I’m really going out on a limb with that one. In other news, Wilcox is back in the game.
Second quarter, 5:50, Celtics 39-22: The Celtics have a pretty balanced stat sheet tonight, with Jason Terry leading scorers with nine points, Green with seven, Pierce with five. Portland? Not so much. Aldridge has 12 of the Trailblazers’ 22 points.
Second quarter, 8:59, Celtics 34-18: Quick seven points for Green, who becomes the leading scorer for the Celtics in this one.
Second quarter, 10:22, Celtics 30-18: Didn’t look like there was much wrong with Jeff Green on that dunk. Green makes the foul shot as well.
End of first quarter, Celtics 25-18: The Celtics are 12-for-21 from the floor in the first quarter, with seven assists and 11 rebounds. The Trailblazers are 5-for-16, with one assist and seven rebounds. Jason Terry leads the team in scoring with six points so far.
First quarter, :52, Celtics 25-18: Doc said he didn’t want to use Chris Wilcox in tonight’s game if he didn’t have to. Apparently he has to. Wilcox into the game with less than a minute to go in the quarter.
First quarter, 4:34, Celtics 17-7: As Gary Washburn pointed out on Twitter, pretty good ball movement so far for the Celtics. They have six assists on their eight baskets in this game. Meanwhile, the Trailblazers are 3-for-7 from the line. Not so good.
First quarter, 8:07, Celtics 9-4: Jeff Green, who Doc Rivers called 100 percent before the game, is riding the stationary bike over by us media types
First quarter, 10:00, Celtics 7-1: No Rajon Rondo tonight, obviously, so we’ll see how the Celtics do with their point guard rotation. Courtney Lee gets the start against the Trailblazers. Jason Terry has gotten some work bringing up the ball so far. Brandon Bass has four points early in the game.