Jermaine O'Neal tweets support for the Celtics

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Jermaine O'Neal tweets support for the Celtics

Jermaine O'Neal has played for the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, but on Saturday there was no mistaking who he is supporting in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Wishing the green and white luck tonight down in miami! I wish I was able to see the game tonight but I'm sure the out come will be great! Jermaine O'Neal (@jermaineoneal) June 9, 2012

O'Neal played for the Heat during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, then signed with the Celtics in the summer of 2010. He appeared in 49 games for the Cs over two seasons before undergoing season-ending wrist surgery in March. He was waived by the Celtics in April to make room on the roster for Sean Williams.

Following the Celtics Game 6 loss to the Heat on Thursday, O'Neal also took to Twitter to express his appreciation for the fans who stayed the entire game to support their home team.

Its a lot of great fan bases in the nba, but celtics fans showed a lot of class and that chant will energize the guys for game 7! Jermaine O'Neal (@jermaineoneal) June 8, 2012

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics struggling with three-pointers

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics struggling with three-pointers

You knew the 3-point shots were going to be flying all game long when the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets tipped off Monday night. 
 
Now whether they would go in, that’s another matter entirely. 
 
Boston’s struggles with knocking down the long ball played a pivotal role in them going into the half trailing the Houston Rockets, 58-48.
 
Houston, the NBA’s leader in three-pointers made (14.0) and taken (37.0), were 8-for-21 in the first half on 3s while the Celtics were a not-so-impressive 5-for-18.
 
Despite the shooting struggles, Boston managed to lead 37-36 after a driving lay-up by Jaylen Brown. 
 
But the Rockets had too much firepower and when they weren’t knocking down shots, they were getting to the free throw line where there 18-for-20 compared to Boston which was just 1-for-2.
Here are the first half Stars, Studs and Duds from Monday’s game. 

 

STARS
 
James Harden

The MVP candidate was bringing it all areas, scoring 21 points to go with seven assists. But he was far from perfect, evident by his six turnovers. 
 
Isaiah Thomas

He led the Celtics with 11 points, but looks to be growing frustrated with the lack of calls going the Celtics’ way. Near the end of the second quarter, Thomas was grimacing while holding his right groin. But it didn’t appear to be too big a deal as he hit a 3-pointer just moments later. But it’s worth keeping an eye on in the second half. 
 

STUDS
 
Jaylen Brown

He gave Boston a surprisingly strong lift off the Celtics bench. At the half, he had seven points which included a lay-up that put Boston ahead 37-36.

Trevor Ariza

He doesn’t get a ton of attention, but Ariza’s play has been one of the keys to Houston’s success this season. At the half he had 10 points and six rebounds.

 

DUDS
 
Jonas Jerebko

He got the start tonight, but looks nothing like the high-energy, impact player he has been of late while coming off the bench. He was scoreless in the first half while missing all three of his shot attempts.