The Atlanta Hawks were held scoreless for the last five minutes and change of the first quarter of tonight’s playoff game against Boston, but that doesn’t matter because the shamrock boys just took a world historic shit and scored only seven points over the entire first period on 3-for-23 shooting. That’s the fewest points in a playoff first quarter in the modern era (since 1954).
The fewest in any playoff quarter is five, and two teams have scored only two points in regular season quarters.
Playing without Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk probably took Boston out of their rhythm and the Hawks are a truly solid defensive team. Jared Sullinger had a chance to get the Celtics to nine at the end of the quarter, but he missed an open layup. For their part, the Celtics recovered quickly and tripled their first quarter total within the next five minutes.