As they have at different times throughout the series, the Celtics managed to hang around despite an ineffective offense. After shooting 31.6 percent in the first quarter, the C’s trailed only 22-19.The Celtics didn’t exactly light the world on fire in the second quarter, but a prolonged drought by Philly allowed the C’s to take a 36-33 lead at the break.The Sixers offense devolved into a series of low-percentage passes and inaccurate jumpers. And then more bad passes and worse jumpers.Philly led 28-23 with 8:22 remaining and then didn’t score for the next 5:19. Despite this lengthy drought, the C’s were only able to mount an 8-0 run to take a three-point lead. The series has been defined by ugly offense and tough defense, but tonight’s second quarter set a new low. The score was tied at 33 until a Mickael Pietrus 3-pointer just before the buzzer gave the C’s the 36-33 edge.The Celtics out-scored the Sixers, 17-11, in the quarter. The Celtics shot just 31.7 percent in the half and yet had the lead. Rajon Rondo was almost non-existent during the first half, finishing with two points, three assists and five rebounds. Still, he could end up with typical lofty numbers if he picks up the energy in the second half, which he showed signs of late in the first.Kevin Garnett is 3-for-10 with eight points and Brandon Bass is 2-for-9 with six points. Paul Pierce has been the lone reliable offensive threat, doing most of his work at the free throw line en route to 11 points.The Sixers are shooting 40 percent from the field, but it seems much worse. They only made two jump shots in the entire half.The second half is set to begin. It can’t get any uglier. The third quarter has been decisive in every game so far. We’ll see if that holds true once again. This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 8:30 pm and is filed under Game, Conference Semifinals, Playoffs. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.