The NBA Playoffs: Game Six, First Quarter Blog Thoughts

Mike PetragliaCorrespondent IMay 14, 2009

BOSTON - MAY 12:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic drives to the net as Kendrick Perkins #43 of the Boston Celtics defends in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden May 12, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Magic 92-88.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

ORLANDO—Some early thoughts from Amway Arena.

Doc Rivers, who stressed the importance of his big men to play disciplined before the game,  sent an early message to Glen Davis. The hero of game four would not return for the rest of the quarter, as the Celtics shot out to a 25-22 lead after one, quieting a crowd that was already nervous.

At 10:41 left on the clock, after getting Boston’s first basket on a layup, Davis pulled out after committing his first foul and was replaced by Brian Scalabrine. At 9:29, Dwight Howard dunked for his first basket. At 9:09, Howard answered with a put-back dunk. At 8:33 Perkins scored as shot clock expired. At 7:46, Howard gets an easy layup then taunts and gets a technical foul.

Howard started three for four, while the rest of the team started zero for nine, before Rafer Alston drilled a three-pointer midway through the quarter.

Magic were ice cold in first quarter and shot just nine for 26.

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