Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics defense vs. struggling Heat offense


It’s hard to say which was a bigger factor in the first half of Boston’s Monday night matchup with the Miami Heat: the Celtics’ defense or the Heat’s inept offense. 

Regardless, you put the two together and you have a relatively lopsided first half which ended with Boston holding a comfortable 48-31 lead. 

After a relatively close first quarter, Boston broke open a 21-all tie with a 27-10 run to close out the half. 

The Celtics’ first half was even more impressive considering Boston was playing without Al Horford who was with his wife back in Boston after giving birth to their second child. 

Replacing Horford in the starting lineup was Tyler Zeller who had a solid first half with four points and two rebounds.

The Heat were short-handed as well, with starting shooting guard Dion Waiters (groin) out

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



Kelly Olynyk

He came off the bench and looked about as aggressive as we’ve seen him recently. He had eight points on 3-for-4 shooting.

Avery Bradley

The Heat were undermanned in the backcourt and Bradley made the most of it, leading the Celtics with 11 points to go with four rebounds.



Isaiah Thomas

His shot was off most of the half, but he still managed to put his imprint on the game. He had four points on 2-for-9 shooting but also managed to dish out four assists. 



Miami shooters

Just a horrible performance on all fronts shooting the ball by the Heat. The Celtics limited them to 37.1 percent shooting in the first half which is down from their season average of 42.3 percent which ranks 28th in the NBA. 

Hassan Whiteside

At no point in the first half did the 7-footer look impressive. He grabbed five rebounds but only had twice as many turnovers (2) as made baskets (1). His inability to impact this game is one of the main reasons why the Heat are down so big at the half. 

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