Dampier played 11 minutes in the first half after not playing at all
Time was of the essence, said Turley, who was diagnosed with a progressive brain disease that he believes also afflicted Seau. Seau's family agreed to a brain study, said San Diego louis vuitton womens sunglasses 2012 Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell, and Turley expects the results to show that the 43-year-old Seau, found by a medical examiner to have committed suicide on Wednesday, suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). "I believe Junior's death will be remembered to be the turning point in this fight against CTE, and will wake everyone up," said Turley. CTE has been found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma. Turley, who played sevens seasons in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, calls attention to CTE research being done at Boston University. Seau never was listed on an NFL injury report as having a concussion, but his former wife, Gina, told the Associated Press on Thursday that Seau suffered from concussions during his 20-year NFL career. Oceanside Police said Seau died of a gunshot to the chest Wednesday morning. The former Chargers star, survived by his parents, three children and several other relatives, was found at his beachfront home by his girlfriend. "He had too many things to live for to do this," said Turley. "If Junior could wake up today, he wouldn't have done it. But something at that moment got severely crossed in his brain that allowed him to make that decision that life wasn't worth living anymore." Turley, 36, said the CTE medication he takes twice a day — Depakote — may have prevented him from meeting an end similar to Seau's. "I do feel my brain is a ticking time bomb," said the former All-Pro blocker, who played five seasons with the Saints. "If I don't take medication, I very well could in the same situation as Junior is in. It is very scary for me and should be for others." Turley was a San Diego State football player when he first met Seau in the mid-1990s. The Chargers star was dressed up in a Santa outfit as part of a charity event in San Diego. "That's the last image I want to have him," said Turley by phone from Nashville, where he lives. An early fourth-quarter push seemed to have saved the game for the Celtics. . But they got a scare when the Hawks, down 11 with under six minutes to play, went on a 15-4 run to it at 80-80. With 14.9 seconds remaining, the Celtics ran the clock down until the Hawks, with a foul to give, used it with 3.9 to go. Rondo inbounded to Pierce, who got a good open look on a head fake — but couldn't sink the shot at the elbow. So it went to overtime, the Hawks' ninth of the season, the first for any playoff series. Rondo hit the first shot on a driving finger roll, and louis vuitton hair pin the next possession he took Jeff Teague down low for another basket. If you hadn't tuned in until the fourth quarter, you wouldn't have missed much. Not until 5:45 left in the third quarter did a team get to 50 points — the Celtics. So bad, that with under two minutes to go in the third quarter, Celtics coach Doc Rivers actually got excited during a timeout because, "All right. We're playing. We're playing." The score then? 54-54. "We played with a little more urgency," Rivers told ABC's Lisa Salters. What were the highlights? Or lowlights? •Scoring? How about a 19-17 first quarter, Atlanta shooting 32%, Boston 29%. It "improved" to 35% for Atlanta, 39% for Boston by halftime. The Celtics finally did hit their first three-pointer of the series, at 8:30 of the second quarter, a corner shot from Mickael Pietrus. •Rajon Rondo's return for Boston? How about going 0-for-3 early, just two assists. No referee-bumping, sure, but no physicality or wizardry from him until the fourth quarter. Then he turned it on and was a rebound shy of a triple-double: 12 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds. •Celtics forward Paul Pierce, the Game 2 star? He hit his first field goal with 1:54 left in the half. After three quarters he had shot 1-of-7 from the field — but feasted at the foul line, 14-of-14. •Josh Smith? The Hawks, who had 149-man games missed by injury, went into battle without the playoffs' leading rebounder and Atlanta's second leading scorer. Dressed to the nines in a GQ-worthy suit, still improving from the knee injury suffered in the fourth quarter of Game 2, Smith said he still had pain and had to sit out. "It feels a little iffy. I probably could have tried to force it out there tonight. … But I know half of me is not enough," said Smith, who added he would play in Game 4 — even though his body language suggested he didn't believe that. Here's what you did get a lot of: Hawks center Erick Dampier. And a lot of him, with Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia still out from lengthy injuries and starter Jason Collins a magnet for fouls. Dampier played 11 minutes in the first half after not playing at all in the first two games and appearing in only 15 during the regular season. His stat line: 1-of-3 from the field, four rebounds, two fouls himself. But then in the third quarter, Dampier got his second field goal early — and that's one more than he scored ALL SEASON! Veteran Hawks guard Tracy McGrady was actually stealing the show, scoring 10 points, playing 17 minutes, tying his season high, in the first half. And then, what has happened to McGrady in yellow handbags 2012 the latter part of his career happened again. With 30 seconds to go in the half, he sprains his right ankle and leaves. He did return to play in the second half. For Boston, the best news was the return of Ray Allen, after he missed 11 games with bone spurs in his left ankle. He hit his first shot, of course, and finished the first half going 4-of-6 from the field, with eight points.