The Bucks couldn't have asked for a worse start, missing 13 of 17 shots in the first on their way to tying an NBA season-low with just nine points. And yet trailed by just 11 after the first dozen minutes, mainly thanks to seven turnovers by the Celtics. While the Bucks didn't do themselves any favors by missing every jump shot they took in the period, Boston also turned the screws on the perimeter, pressuring the Bucks at the point of attack and completely taking them out of the comfort zone they had found against lesser opponents over the last week. Krstic (9 pts, 11 boards in the first half) was beating Bogut on the glass and with his jump shot, and the Bucks' center only last five minutes before a second foul sent him to the bench.
As I tweeted last night during the game, the Celtics were noticeably more aggressive on the perimeter. I thought Rondo did a fantastic job harrassing the ball, especially in the 1st half. He's clearly responding to my recent criticism of his on-the-ball defense.