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Halftime stars, studs and duds: A better effort from Celtics

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: A better effort from Celtics

WASHINGTON – The Boston Celtics put forth a much better showing than we saw in Game 3.
 
But it still wasn’t good enough for to go into the half leading as both teams are knotted at 48.
 
Washington’s John Wall launched a 3-pointer that was off the mark, but Marcin Gortat had a chance to tip it in.
 
But his shot rolled out of the rim as time expired.
 
Despite coming into the game having won two of the first three games, the Celtics have found themselves in an uphill battle in each game.
 
The average deficit the Celtics had in the first three games after the first quarter, was 16.3.
 
And for a moment there, it looked like it would be more of the same tonight.
 
The Wizards scored the game’s first eight points, but the Celtics didn’t allow the early hole they dug themselves to get much deeper.
 
Boston responded with a 12-2 run of their own which gave them a 12-10 lead and would eventually go ahead by as many as five points (20-15) in the first before the Wizards responded with five straight to tie the game at 20.
 
But the Celtics finished the quarter with the final four points – a 3-pointer by Marcus Smart and a free throw by Kelly Olynyk – to lead 24-20 after the first.
 
The Celtics would go ahead by as many as 11 points in the second quarter, with scoring coming from the perimeter as well as on cuts to the basket for lay-ups.
 
But the Wizards closed out the quarter with a 22-11 run to tie the score going into the fourth.
 
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Game 4 between Boston and Washington.
 

STARS
 
Isaiah Thomas

He vowed to be in more of an attack mode in Game 4 and Thomas did not disappoint. He led all scorers at the half with 17 points.
 
Otto Porter, Jr.

This would have been a Celtics blowout in the first half if not for Porter’s scoring. He had 12 points, 10 of which came in the first quarter that kept the Wizards within striking distance when he was on the floor.
 

STUDS
 
Al Horford

Like Thomas, he too was more aggressive in terms of his defense, rebounding and playmaking. At the half, Horford had nine points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
 
Bradley Beal

He has been at his best the last couple of games in the first half, and Game 4 was no exception. He had nine points on 4-for-8 shooting at the half.
 
Kelly Olynyk

Booed every time he touched the ball, Olynyk finally shook off the crowd with a dunk and a nifty dribble-spin move that led to another basket scored.  At the half he had eight points.
 

DUDS
 
Celtics Rebounding

It’s once again a problematic area for the Celtics who currently being out-rebounded 28-18. Back in the first, the Celtics were minus-4 (13-9) on the glass, but led by four points in part because the rebounding battle was relatively close.

Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.