1st quarter report: Celtics 27, Fenerbahce Ulker 26

Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

In a very fast-paced opening quarter, the Celtics generated a lot of offense in transition, but looked a step slow on defense.

  • Nice touch: Paul Pierce stood by Dionte Christmas as he thanked the crowd. Christmas spent a season in Turkey two years ago.
  • As expected, Courtney Lee joined the starting lineup with Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass, and Kevin Garnett.
  • Chris Wilcox is sitting this one out with the back strain.
  • In classic Rondo fashion, he headbutts the ball after Garnett won the tip.
  • Lots of running early, both in transition and secondary breaks.
  • Courtney Lee's closing speed is really good. Whether he's coming down for a double team or contesting a jump shot, Lee makes up a lot of space very quickly. He's light years faster than Ray Allen.
  • First substitution is Darko for KG.
  • Green in for Bass. Looks like Doc wants to see Jeff as the "quick 4" playing next to Pierce.
  • Scalabrine is really good in the booth. His experience with the Celtics really gives him so good insight with what Doc looks for in a player, especially on defense.
  • Rondo canned his first four free throws and a confident three pointer Boom.
  • Jeff Green is a deer on the fast break. Gorman and Scal report that he looked great in camp and was the quickest player baseline to baseline in practice.
  • Highlight of the quarter: Darko with the offensive rebound lying on the floor, Terry with a missed baseline jumper, and Jeff Green with a putback slam.
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