Cue the excuses. No Shane Battier. Tracy McGrady has a bum knee. Expect to hear those and more from Rockets fans looking for a reason as to why the Celtics beat them at home. Ray Allen (29 pts, 5 reb, 5 assts) absolutely abused McGrady all night long. Donny Marshall was kind enough to point out T-Choke's lack of defensive effort roughly 174 times. Kendrick Perkins (15 pts, 7 reb, 4 blks) completely outplayed Yao Ming. My favorite play coming when Perk swatted a Yao turnaround jumper in the 4th.
What a see-saw first half. Celtics used 13-2 run to take 16-point lead….Rockets 25-4 run in 2nd quarter to surge ahead…Celtics followed with 11-1 run to end first half.
Big Baby (9 pts, 2 reb) played with great energy in the first half.
Referee Scott Foster blew several calls. He fell for McGrady's acting job on a 3-point shot late in the fourth which could have hurt the C's had McChoke not missed one of the freebies.
A special thanks to Rafer Alston who yapped his way to a technical foul in the 4th…giving the C's a point in a close game.
Not sure who I dislike more…Andersen Varajaeo or Luis Scola. Both annoy the shit out of me.
POB was inactive for the game – Bill Walker took his spot but did not see the court.
Most embarassing moment – The 7-foot-5 Yao Ming – all alone – getting rejected by the rim in the 3rd quarter.
A look at KG's "Obama" sneakers after the jump….but you'll notice Steve Francis did him one better.