April 24, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics center Ryan Hollins (50) battles with Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem (left) and center Dexter Pittman (45) for the ball during the first quarter at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
The first half was painful. I joked on twitter that Doc should stop this practice and make the guys run laps. But after trailing by 10 points for most of the first half, the Celtics flipped a switch and ended up routing the Miami Heat.
A few days ago, I called this the "Battle of Who Could Care Less" because neither team planned on playing their starters. (By the way, that title is in reference to the Ben Folds Five song of that name). Paul Pierce (Captain Comeback himself) cared enough to play in the game, which you could argue was enough to swing the balance, but he only scored 8 points.
This one was won by the reserves, in particular the hot shooting Sasha Pavlovic and the surprisingly productive Marquis Daniels. I also really enjoyed the contributions of newbie Sean Williams, who filled up his stat line with 5 points, 4 rebounds (2 offensive), 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 big blocks. Sadly, starting center Ryan Hollins still only managed 3 rebounds in 24 mintues of work. But oh well, you can't have everything.
So the Celtics still have a shot at home court advantage despite the Hawks win tonight.