NBA Playoffs: Paul Pierce, Celtics Off To Fast Start Against Miami Heat

With the Boston Celtics down 0-2 on LeBron James and the Miami Heat, Paul Pierce and the team knew that they would have to come out with their best effort in front of the home crowd. The Celtics delivered, scoring 27 points in the first quarter to take a 27-21 lead.

Shaquille O'Neal saw his first NBA action since April 3, when he played only five minutes before coming out of the game with a strained calf. Before that, Shaq hadn't seen the floor since February 1, making his appearance all the more welcome from the Boston faithful.

Shaq sure did look slow on the court, but made his presence known with a steal and a wild layup that, against all odds, went in the bucket for two points. He came up lame after making the layup, and doesn't look anything like the superstar of years past.

Pierce was particularly effective in the first quarter, scoring 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting. 

The game is being broadcast on ABC, so tune in to catch the rest of the game.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Arizona

You must be a member of SB Nation Arizona to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Arizona. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Arizona

You must be a member of SB Nation Arizona to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Arizona. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.