Halftime stars, studs and duds: Efficient offense and an effective defense for Celtics

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Efficient offense and an effective defense for Celtics

The Boston Celtics got the best of both worlds in the first half, displaying an efficient offense and an effective defense that paved the way for a comfortable 64-53 lead over the Milwaukee Bucks at halftime.

Coming off a 30-point blowout win over Orlando last night, the Celtics didn’t waste any time jumping on the Bucks with an 11-2 run.

Leading the way early on was Jae Crowder, a former Big East Player of the Year who starred for Marquette on the very same floor he was lighting up the Bucks in the early goings on Saturday.

And as the game wore on, Crowder got a little help … OK, a lot of help.

Boston capped off the first quarter with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Gerald Green that put the Celtics ahead 42-27.

The 42 points scored were the most by the Celtics in any quarter of play this season.

Both teams were playing on the back end of a back-to-back set of games, but the Celtics looked like the fresher team.

They would pull ahead by as many as 16 points in the second, only for the Bucks to get Boston’s lead down to 10 points (44-34) following aa Malcolm Brogdon dunk.

Brad Stevens had seen enough slippage defensively by his team, calling a time-out with 7:28 to play in the half.

The Celtics control of the game remained strong, even as the Bucks teetered between facing a single and double-digit deficit.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Saturday’s game.



Isaiah Thomas

No matter how many times we’ve seen it this season, Thomas continues to amaze folks with his play. At the half, Thomas had 23 points but doing so on just 5-for-6 shooting.

Jae Crowder

Once again it was Crowder setting the tone with a strong offensive showing in the first quarter which is when he scored 11 of his 13 first-half points.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

It wasn’t one of his best first halves of play, but there was no mistaking the Greek Freak’s impact on the game. At the half, he had eight points on 3-for-8 shooting along with four assists and three rebounds.



Michael Beasley

Milwaukee’s shooting struggles seemed to impact everyone except Beasley who had a team-high 11 points in the first half while playing just eight minutes.

Kelly Olynyk

The bounce was real on Saturday night, with Olynyk making a couple of nice, above-the-rim plays in the first half. He had nine points off the Celtics bench along with grabbing three rebounds.

Matthew Dellavedova

He didn’t shoot a ton, but made the most of his opportunities. He had 10 points in the first half on 4-for-5 shooting to go with three rebounds and two assists.



Jabari Parker

He was a borderline all-star this season, but certainly didn’t play like one in the first half. He was scoreless in the first half, missing all six of his shot attempts while grabbing one rebound and dishing out one assist.

'Big Baby' busted with 126 grams of pot, $92K in cash

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'Big Baby' busted with 126 grams of pot, $92K in cash

Former Celtics forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis was arrested last month in a hotel room in Aberdeen, Maryland, with more than 126 grams of marijuana and more than $92,000 in cash.

Davis, 32, who played on the Celtics 2008 championship team was last in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2015, was arrested Feb. 7 after the hotel owner at the Aberdeen Hampton Inn smelled marijuana coming from Davis' room, WMAR-TV in Baltimore reported.

“They recovered 126 grams of marijuana,” Aberdeen Police Lt. William Reiber told WMAR. “In addition to that, there was a briefcase that contained 92,164 dollars of U.S. currency along with a ledger that contained language which is consistent with someone involved in the sale and distribution of narcotics.”

Davis is charged with seven counts of drug possession and distribution.

Police said the strains of marijuana were from a Los Angeles wholesaler that court records show Davis told police he was in business with.

He told officers he was visiting family in Maryland. Davis' attorney told WMAR the former Celtic (2007-11) adamantly maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court next month to clear his name. 


Horford helps Celtics get back on track

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Horford helps Celtics get back on track

Aggressive Al Horford was on the floor Friday night for the Boston Celtics, a good sign for a Celtics team that has been battered by injuries. 

As the oldest member of the team, the 31-year-old’s leadership has to become more example-driven as well as existing in the spoken word.

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Horford was on point for most of Friday’s 92-83 win over Orlando, a game that was far more lopsided in Boston’s favor than the final score might indicate.

The 6-foot-10 forward/center had a near double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. 

What was more telling was that Horford took a team-high 18 shots from the field, as clear a sign as you will find that Horford’s mindset on Friday was to attack Orlando’s defense early and often. 

And while it’s true that the Magic are one of the worst teams in the NBA, that doesn’t diminish the way Horford executed the plays called by head coach Brad Stevens as Horford played the role of primary scorer more often than usual, instead of being a major facilitator.

Having missed Boston’s previous two games, Horford was admittedly concerned if the lay-off might affect his conditioning. 

“Wind-wise I felt good,” Horford told reporters after Friday night’s win. “A little rusty on offense. But defensively I felt great. I felt our team came out with energy; just a good win.” 

A win that became a lot easier to get with Aggressive Al on the floor. 

 Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds in Boston’s 92-83 win over Orlando.



Terry Rozier: He continues to provide the Celtics with really solid guard play, with all-star guard Kyrie Irving (left knee soreness) missing. Rozier had a game high-tying 17 points along with seven rebounds and five assists. 

Greg Monroe: The third quarter was when Monroe really began to take over the game. He finished with 17 points, 10 of which came in the third. 

Shelvin Mack: Not a lot to cheer about for Mack and the Magic who once again struggled in so many phases of the game. But Mack still managed to score 16 points. 



Al Horford: Having missed the two previous games, Horford was back in full force on Friday. He had 15 points on 6-for-18 shooting to go with nine rebounds

Boston rebounding: The Celtics control of the glass began from the outset and never really eased up. For the game, Boston grabbed 55 rebounds compared to just 40 by Orlando. 



Fourth-quarter Celtics: The only real blemish on an otherwise impressive performance by Boston, was the team’s overall play in the fourth quarter. Boston was outscored 31-17 and turned the ball over 10 times in the quarter.