Re: Sequence of events causing the Celtics to lose the first quarter lead
posted at 3/20/2013 1:10 PM EDT
In response to R9R's comment:
Celtics were able to gain and hold a 14-18pt lead through most of the 2nd quarter. Then, suddenly, it dropped to a 6pt lead at the end of the half. The following sequence the events caused the loss of a double digit lead:
(from: Bass hitting the layup from a PP assist ~4:00 ; 14pt Lead)
1. Foul: Bradley on Chalmers bringing the ball up, Bradley cited as being 'too aggresive'
2. Chalmers makes free throw
3. Foul: Pierce offensive on a Chalmers flop
4. Foul: Jeff Green on Lebron James while both were jockeying for position on the low post.
5. Refs take several minutes to vigorously review a (valid) Paul Pierce 3pt'er from earlier. The call stands as originally called: 3 pts.
6. LBJ makes both free throws
7. Foul: Jason Terry on Lebron James, moving screen
8. Foul: Avery Bradley on Chalmers on a slight bump
9. Chalmers makes both free throws
10. Jeff Green missed 3pt shot
11. Battier makes 3pt shot
6 Point Game with 2pt fluctuations for the remaining 2 minutes until halftime. See a doctor if you do not see the pattern here.
I agree with your excellent assessment of the lost lead but I feel that we played so well too in the 3rd Qtr & early 4th with game tied, we broke away again for a 10 pt lead at the 7 min mark and it was 96-86. I feel the key here was the misfortune of a missed Heat shot, we get rebound, and coming up court the ball goes off the foot of Crawford resulting in an easy dunk. Then, as bad luck would have it, LeBron was 1 for 4 in 3s but hit his 4th try for a dagger with only 2-3 minutes left giving them a 1-2 pt lead so then winning was a 50-50% proposition.
In the old days with Bird, McHale & Parish, the 17 pt lead would have turned into another 17 the 2nd half. Ah yes, memories !!!