Rivers: Final shot was for Garnett

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Rivers: Final shot was for Garnett

PHILADELPHIA Kevin Garnett's selflessness on the floor is both a blessing and a burden at times for the Boston Celtics.

Unfortunately for the C's, it proved to be the latter on Friday as the Celtics suffer a 95-94 overtime loss to Philadelphia.

With just a couple ticks left in overtime, Garnett has the ball and rather than pull up for a shot, he elects to pass the ball to Rajon Rondo who he thinks is cutting to the basket for a potential game-winning lay-up.

Rondo slips before he gets going to the basket, and is then forced to toss up what turns into an air ball that has no chance of going in as time expired.

"I should have taken the lay-up," Rondo said. "But I tried to make a plant and just slipped."

Said Garnett: "I thought he had the lay-up. It was just unfortunate. I was indecisive. I should have been more aggressive in that situation."

After the game, C's coach Doc Rivers said that Garnett was the player the Celtics wanted to take that final shot.

"But he saw Rondo cutting," Rivers said. "I didn't see it yet, so I don't really know what happened because it looked like Kevin had the shot. We had him deep, right where we wanted him."

Boston had a chance to win the game in regulation and just like in overtime, the ball was in Rondo's hands for the final shot.

And that shot, just like the one Rondo took in overtime, wasn't exactly what Rivers and the Celtics were looking for.

On both plays, the plan was for Rondo to drive the ball and either kick it to Garnett or try to finish off a lay-up.

But to end the fourth, Rondo elected to shoot a step-back jumper that was off the mark.

"I could live with that," Rivers said. "I thought that was one where we probably could've gotten to the basket."

And while Rivers readily admits he would have preferred Garnett to take the final shot in overtime, he has no problem with the decision Garnett made.

"He should probably always shoot it," Rivers said of Garnett. "But if he thought a guy had a lay-up, then he made the right decision. Tough loss, though. I thought we played hard all game. Didn't necessarily play well, but we played hard, and I'll take that."

Halftime stars, studs and duds: LeBron in foul trouble

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: LeBron in foul trouble

CLEVELAND – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Game 4 between Boston and Cleveland in which the Celtics have a 57-47 halftime lead.

 

STARS

Avery Bradley

His aggressiveness at both ends of the floor has been key to Boston’s strong first half showing. He has 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting.

Kyrie Irving

With LeBron James in major foul trouble – he had four personal fouls in the first half – Irving was charged with picking up the slack, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter.

 

STUDS

Jae Crowder

He had the hot hand at the start of the game, and has been solid at both ends of the floor. He had 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting with four rebounds and three assists.

Kevin Love

He continues to get great looks from 3-point range, but the Celtics did a better job of limiting his long-range scoring opportunities. He had 10 points along with seven rebounds and three assists.

Kelly Olynyk

Making his first-ever playoff start, Olynyk had a solid half with eight points, four rebounds and three assists.

 

DUDS

LeBron James

He was 5-for-9 from the field with 10 points in the first half, but spent a large chunk on the bench after being whistled for his fourth personal foul with 6:46 to play in the half.

Washington anchor gives Markelle Fultz his first piece of Celtics apparel

Washington anchor gives Markelle Fultz his first piece of Celtics apparel

Last week, potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz retweeted a t-shirt design featuring him in a No. 20 Celtics jersey.

But now thanks to Carol Maloney of NBC4 in Washington, Fultz has his first piece of Celtics apparel.

Maloney obtained the C’s shirt at Game 7 between the Celtics and Wizards at TD Garden.

When she handed Fultz the shirt, he laughed and said, “I think the internet is going to go crazy when they see this.”