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Always surprises me there isn't more fanfare when players raised in Boston (or Boston area) play at TD Garden.
Nice hand from Garden crowd as Shabazz Napier of Roxbury and UConn checks in for first time.
Evan Turner now has 350 rebounds/350 assists. Only 8 Celtics have ever gone 400/400. (Bird, Cousy, Hondo, PP, Rondo, Russell, Walker, JoJo)
When Mario Chalmers is throwing in off balance runners of the glass it might not be your night.
Celtics can't stop Heat, go to a 2-3 zone.
Celtics roll out the 2-3 zone, since nothing else is working tonight.
If the Celtics lose this, the Heat will have the head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of a 3-1 regular season record in the matchup.
The Heat have stretched their lead over the Celtics to 19 points in the third quarter (67-48)
Heat now 7-of-12 from downtown. Dragic creating wide-open looks nearly every time down the floor.
This game has gone so badly Marcus Smart was just benched for defensive reasons.
They must be trying to loosen up Thomas. Sent in with 10:48 left in third for Smart. Thomas' first half - 1-6, 3 turnovers.
Boston guy Shabazz Napier posing for pics with a couple young Celtics fans before the 2nd half gets started here.
35 times under Brad Stevens the Celtics have trailed by 19 or more. Their record: 0-35
Isaiah Thomas in first half: 1 point on 1-of-6 shooting, three missed free throws. Here he is after taking a charge: http://t.co/cBGKalTdiH
Good cop/bad cop routine in C's locker room right now? (Stevens gets Olynyk water, leaves; Wallace enters, slaps water, screams at Olynyk.)
Sin Wade, los Heat están ganado 57-40 contra los Celtics después de 2Q.
I puked a few times yest. The Cs did same thing in the first half. But I'm fine today. Commutative property of vomit, I'm sure they'll win.
C’s looked sluggish at start vs. Brooklyn; shook it after 6 minutes. Hasn't happened tonight, trail shorthanded Miami 57-40 at intermission.
Crowder's up and leads team into the locker room with a limp. Cool to see entire bench head over to check on him there.
The Heat lead the Celtics 57-40 at halftime. Avery Bradley leads the C's with 12 points and Tyler Zeller has 10 and seven rebounds.
Celts head to dressing room down 17 to Miami. If you live inside Rt. 128, cover your children's ears. Gerald will be rocking the room.
Pressey comes in for Thomas and immediately throws a pass into the 1st row. Miami getting whatever it wants. What a poor effort by Cs so far
Bench Thomas for the second half, play Evan Turner all 24 minutes, and the Celtics win this game.
Sure enough, Phil Pressey is checking in right now for Thomas.
No Wade, Whiteside, Birdman, but Heat shooting 57.6 percent and lead the Celtics, 52-38.
Isaiah Thomas is hurting the Celtics at both ends. Gotta get him in the flow. Also can't let him kill you. Tough balancing act for Stevens.
Time to go with Phil Pressey for Stevens.
Isaiah Thomas....just doesn't look right yet. Admirable for him to gut it out, but hurting C's out there right now.
Thomas talked about not wanting to think about his first fall. There it was, right onto his back, taking that charge on Tyler Johnson.
Thomas just went down hard on his lower back after taking a charge, then got stripped, then screamed out the F-word in frustration. Yikes.
This officiating is painful. Just let them play basketball, guys.
This is a glimpse at what Isaiah Thomas's game will look like in 2027, when he's the 9th or 10th man on a contender. His Jason Terry years.
After missing his first three FT's of the night, Isaiah Thomas is off technical FT duty. Bradley makes his attempt.
That Crowder three attempt went off the backboard like a table scratch.
Midway through 2nd Q, Celts down 13 to Heat w/o Wade, Bosh, Whiteside. Gerald Wallace is deciding which expletives to use at halftime.
Rough return for Thomas (1-4, 0-3 FT, 1 3-pt. airball) so far. He understandably doesn't have that burst.
Pregame note: Luol Deng continues to be one of the classiest players in the NBA
Celtics can usually lean on a coaching advantage but not tonight against Spoelstra. Brad might have to threaten snacks again at halftime.
Miami uber small with Haslem (6-8) biggest player on floor.
Isaiah Thomas looking rusty as expected. 0-for-2 from field, 0-for-3 from line. Will be interesting to see if Stevens sticks with him.
Celts have given up 10 points off seven turnovers and trail Miami by seven after one quarter. Not hard to connect those dots.
The first quarter is in the books, and the Heat lead the Celtics 27-20. Avery Bradley leads the C's with 8 points. Bass: 4 points, 4 rebs.
Rough start for Isaiah Thomas. 0-for-2 from floor, 0-for-3 from foul line. 27-20 Heat.
Henry Walker couldn't wear his current number 5 when he was on the Celtics because it was occupied by Kevin Garnett.
Heat have already scored 8 points off of 7 first quarter turnovers by the Celtics.
Thomas looks completely out of sorts, Cs appear dazed and confused, a small lineup with Michael Beasley/Henry Walker at 4/5 is killing. Huh.
You think Heat/Celtics is intense now, just wait until the Eastern Conference Finals.
Not sure if this is chippiness or overeager officiating, but the Eastern Conference playoff race sure is a special place.
Getting feisty here at the Garden. 2 technicals in the past minute, one on Bass, one on Henry Walker.
And now there's a tech called against Henry Walker. We're only in the first quarter here.
Brandon Bass got a technical foul for something there, not sure what, after a hard foul on Goran Dragic.
Tech called against Brandon Bass, G. Dragic hits FT
Bradley sustained a hit on his left elbow. Said to be fine.
Avery Bradley took a shot to the funny bone on his left elbow but is fine.
Avery Bradley is doing his best D-Wade impression tonight. He has 8 points on 3-for-5 shooting. The rest of the team 3-for-6, 6 pts.
Isaiah Thomas received a standing O from a handful of Celtics fans when he checked in after missing games due to injury.
Big ovation from the Garden crowd as isaiah Thomas enters the game.
Big ovation for Thomas with 6:11 left in first.
Isaiah Thomas just got a big ovation. Some people stood up for his initial return after an eight-game absence.
Isaiah Thomas checks in to a big ovation at 6:21 in first quarter.