2010 NBA Playoffs: Plenty of Good and Bad in Boston Celtics Game One Win

May 16th, 2010 by Stew Winkel Leave a reply »

While the 92-88 Celtics win in Game One over the Orlando Magic wound up being much closer down the stretch than Boston fans would have wanted considering the C's built a 20-point cushion in the third quarter, the game gave head coach Doc Rivers plenty to talk about afterwards.

Rivers can tell his team about the great defensive first half where his team held Orlando to just 32 points.  He can also talk about a 33-point third quarter that included a 22-5 run.

That was the good.

The bad was the fourth quarter when the Celtics offense bogged down, scoring just 18 points and making only five field goals, and the defense gave up 30 points.

Ray Allen knocked down a three-pointer with 5:30 left to play to put Boston ahead 88-75. The Celtics would not manage another made field goal the rest of the way and watched as Orlando climbed within three, 88-85, with 26 seconds remaining. 

Fortunately, the Celtics survived as both Paul Pierce and Allen hit a pair of free throws.  The win, however, was the definition of "holding on."

If Boston had been able to easily win, it would have provided much n ...

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