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The Celtics managed to hold on to the win in game one tonight, despite some sloppy shooting for both teams, but also some great defense on both sides. It was a low scoring game, ending with the Celtics on top 76-72. If you told me before the game that Ray Allen would not have any points and Paul Pierce would have only four and that the Celtics would go onto win, then I would say that you were crazy. Tonight, however, crazy was correct.
The Celtics were led by Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo and Sam Cassell brought in some needed support off the bench. KG put 28 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals tonight and was really the biggest star of the game. Rondo contributed a good amount too with 15 points and six assists. Off the bench, the only big presence was Sam Cassell who had 13 points in 18 minutes. Kendrick Perkins also had seven points and 12 rebounds. What was incredibly strange was the fact that Ray Allen went 0-4 in shooting tonight and Paul Pierce was limited to only 4 points. Granted, Pierce got into foul trouble early in the game and had to sit for a while, but one would expect him to still do some damage later on. Things get even stranger when we look at the Cavs performance.
King Lebron James was one factor of this series that I am sure every Celtics fan was worried about. Tonight, he was nothing but a non-factor. Lebron managed to make only two field goals in the entire game. He scored the first bucket of the game and then managed a layup with about five and a half minutes left in the game. He did get 12 points due to foul shots as well as nine rebounds and nine assists. Scoring only two field goals in the entire game was completely surprising though, especially for Lebron. Cleveland’s scoring came mostly the big man Zydrunas Ilgauskas who had 22 points and 12 rebounds. Former Celtics forward/guard Wally Szczerbiak had 13 points.
This game was very strange for an opening match-up. Both teams played sloppy on offense and were making bad shots left and right. Well…that was mainly just James, Pierce, and Allen on both sides. The defense of both teams was great though, which helped keep it such a low score. Cleveland caused 21 turnovers and Boston caused 17 as well. It was a close game the whole way through and came down to the final seconds with James Posey hitting two key free throws to make it a two-possession game and Lebron James missing a potential game tying layup to add to his frustration on the night.