The Celtics, in the first quarter of Game 2 against the Hawks tonight:
- Players used: 10
- Points: 7
No matter what Boston tried, it didn’t work.
The Celtics’ seven points were the fewest in the first quarter of a playoff game since the NBA instituted the shot clock in 1954. They tied for the fourth-lowest scoring quarter in the postseason during the shot-clock era:
|May 18, 1999||Portland Trail Blazers||Utah Jazz||4th||5|
|May 16, 2007||New Jersey Nets||Cleveland Cavaliers||4th||6|
|May 6, 1986||Atlanta Hawks||Boston Celtics||3rd||6|
|April 19, 2009||Miami Heat||Atlanta Hawks||4th||7|
|June 15, 2006||Dallas Mavericks||Miami Heat||4th||7|
|April 23, 2001||Miami Heat||Charlotte Hornets||3rd||7|
|May 3, 2000||Utah Jazz||Seattle SuperSonics||2nd||7|
Boston shot 3-for-23, split two free throws and committed five turnovers while falling behind 24-7.
The Celtics settled for too many bad shots early, a big mistake because teams can’t afford to waste possessions against the swarming Hawks defense. It’s hard enough to score on them when doing everything right. Even moving the ball a little better generated few good shots for Boston.
Of the seven teams to score so little in a playoff quarter, only the 2007 Nets won, beating the Cavaliers despite scoring just six fourth-quarter points. Could the Celtics become the second to survive such a putrid period? They did overcome a 19-point deficit deficit in Game 1.