The first four games of the Eastern Conference Finals were dominated by home teams, but Game 7 marks the third consecutive game where the road team has been better, at least up through point. The Boston Celtics have brought their best to South Beach, and they lead the Miami Heat 53-46 at halftime.
Turnovers have been the downfall of the Heat thus far. They had six in the first quarter, then another four in the second to take them to 10 for the half. The Celtics have done a very good job of getting out on the break and capitalizing on those turnovers, with the best example being Brandon Bass's huge dunk on one such opportunity in the second quarter.
Bass has been the Celtics' surprising hero thus far. Midway through the second quarter, Kevin Garnett picked up his third foul, which could have seriously hindered Boston and caused them to lose momentum in the game. Instead, Bass stepped up big. He has 14 points, three rebounds and three steals in 19 minutes on the floor. The Celtics struggled during the short period of time that Garnett sat down in the first quarter, but Bass prevented a drop-off in play in the second quarter when fouls forced him to sit down.
While the likes of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Mario Chalmers have turned the ball over frequently, the opposite has been the case for the Celtics' most frequent ball handlers. Rajon Rondo is having a very Rondo-esque game with six points and 10 assists to go along with zero turnovers, an incredible statistic considering how much of the Celtics' offense runs through him and the degree of difficulty of the passes that he attempts. Ray Allen also has no turnovers.
Even though Boston has the lead and has had that lead for most of the game, the Heat might have succeeded in changing the momentum at the very end of the second quarter. With just under 40 seconds remaining, James stole the ball from Mickael Pietrus, then played a pretty give-and-go with Wade, who set up James for a terrific alley-oop dunk.
James hasn't been anywhere near the dominant player that he was in Game 6, but he hasn't let his team down by any stretch of the imagination either. He's just 3-5 from the floor, but he's done a great job of getting to the free throw line and he has 14 points. Wade hasn't been quite as good, and has just nine points.
Chris Bosh has been excellent for Miami off the bench, and they'll be best served by having him play extensive minutes in the second half if he's healthy. He has nine points and he's a plus-five in just 15 minutes of play. With Garnett in foul trouble, the Heat can't afford to not have Bosh on the floor and attacking him at every opportunity.
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