Halftime stars, studs and duds: Thomas leads Celtics second quarter surge

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Thomas leads Celtics second quarter surge

BOSTON – It was a ragged, inconsistent first half for the Boston Celtics.

But they did just enough near the end to take a 52-48 lead into the half.

Trailing 42-35, the Celtics closed out the half with a 17-6 run to take the lead.

And not surprisingly, it was Isaiah Thomas doing most of the scoring for the Celtics.

Boston’s leading scorer was at it again, scoring 14 points during the team’s second quarter surge.

The way Boston took control in the final minutes of the second was in stark contrast to the first quarter which ended with a 25-all tie after Miami scored six of the last eight points in the quarter.

Boston and Miami went back and fourth most of the second quarter, but the Celtics seemed to find another gear at both ends of the floor in the final couple of minutes or so of play.

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



Isaiah Thomas

Boston put together a strong surge at the end of the second quarter, with Thomas leading the way. He would lead all Celtics scorers at the half with 19 points.

Josh Richardson

He has been on a nice scoring tear of late despite the Heat’s struggles. He was at it again tonight, scoring nine points in the first half along with three rebounds.



Al Horford

He did his part in the first half to rebound from a horrible performance at Cleveland on Thursday night. At the half he led the Celtics with nine points – three more than he scored against the Cavs last night.

Hassan Whiteside

His presence around the rim was definitely felt with the Celtics having to alter several shots at the rim. But he also chipped in five points and seven rebounds.



Celtics defense

The Miami Heat came into tonight’s game ranked 26th in the NBA shooting 43.7 percent from the field. You wouldn’t have known it by the way guys were splashing shot after shot as if the Heat Big Three were back together. Boston closed out the half with a strong stretch defensively for the final three minutes or so which cooled the Heat’s shooting numbers down to a respectable 44.7 percent.

NBCSB Breakfast pod: How Jayson Tatum compares to Paul Pierce

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NBCSB Breakfast pod: How Jayson Tatum compares to Paul Pierce

1:25 - With half of the Celtics roster on the shelf, we’ve been able to see just how great a scorer Jayson Tatum can be. A. Sherrod Blakely, Mike Girardi and Trenni Kusnierek discuss how Tatum compares to Celtics legend, Paul Pierce.

5:35 - The NFL Competition Committee is giving it their best shot at modifying the ‘catch rule’ and Tom Curran, Kyle Draper and Hardy try to wrap their heads around the proposed changes.

11:02 - The Bruins clinched a playoff berth despite losing to the St. Louis Blues in overtime. Joe Haggerty joins Tom Giles to break down the game, which included another goal by Ryan Donato and a questionable call on a high hit on David Krejci.

Report: Kyrie Irving to undergo knee exam Thursday


Report: Kyrie Irving to undergo knee exam Thursday

The second opinion on Kyrie Irving’s sore left knee will be done on Thursday, according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett.

Irving, who has missed the last four games, is expected to decide between having a surgical procedure performed to help alleviate some of the soreness, or continue to manage it with rest.


During the 2015 NBA Finals, Irving suffered a fractured left kneecap injury which was the beginning of Irving’s left knee issues.

While Irving has had soreness of some form during various stretches of play this season, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has seen him making progress recently.

“That knee is still sore,” Stevens said. “He’s worked really hard to manage it throughout the entire season. He’s had some pretty good days recently. I’m encouraged by the big picture.”

But Stevens has made it clear that he supports Irving getting a second opinion, adding that Irving’s absence is due to the knee being too sore for him to play at a level he’s accustomed to.

“He’s out because of knee soreness, not because we’re choosing to rest him,” Stevens said. “That’s the bottom line. Again, we want him to feel 110 percent. He wants to feel 110 percent. Obviously, we’re fortunate we created a cushion early on in the year with playoffs and everything else. This is not one of those situations where we’re choosing to rest someone; it’s because he has a sore knee.”