Boston owned a 31-22 advantage heading to the second quarter.But the Rockets turned the tables over the course of the next twelve minutes. Sparked in part by Chuck Hayes’ incredible defensive effort against Garnett, Houston’s D finally came to life and, as an added bonus, its offense went into peak efficiency mode, too.
Hayes, despite giving up at least five inches to KG, went toe-to-toe with the Celtics’ superstar, harassing him to such an extent that the previously scorching Garnett missed three consecutive shots with Hayes guarding him.
“You’ve got to give it to Chuck Hayes,” said Adelman. “I mean he came in that second quarter and he just battled Garnett when he really had it going, and I can’t give Chuck enough credit. He hasn’t been playing and he just took on the challenge and he kind of set the tone in that first half for us.”
I miss Chuck