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Game 45/66: Celtics (23-21) @ Hawks (26-19) Open Thread

 

Boston @ Atlanta
Philips Arena
7:30 PM
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency
Boston: 98.5 points/100 possessions (25th)
Atlanta: 100.2 points/100 possessions (18th)

Defensive Efficiency
Boston: 97.2 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)
Atlanta: 97.8 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)

Probable Atlanta starters: Jeff Teague (PG), Kirk Hinrich (SG), Joe Johnson (SF?), Josh Smith (PF), Zaur Pachulia (C)

View from opposing bench: Hoopinion

This is the first time we’ve seen the Hawks this season? How is that possible? We’ve seen Indiana three times. And look at this roster now! McGrady, Dampier, Stackhouse, Radmanovic? Atlanta is like the NBA’s storage unit. Barry Weiss is, like, about to bid $4000 for this team just to make Dave upset.

Joe Johnson is also in the midst of a filthy shooting streak: he’s averaging 28.8 points in his last four games. But he’ll also forced to defend the small forward position if Marvin Williams is still out, so that should be a boost for Paul Pierce, whose shooting has at times been a different kind of filthy on this road trip.

The Hawks are in the recent habit of beating bad teams and losing to good teams, so this could serve as a good “diagnostic” game for Boston. Atlanta’s still without Al Horford, but aspirational Celtic Josh Smith is having a strong year and Jeff Teague is blossoming into a legitimate third-tier point guard.

Think of this game as a battle for the all-important sixth seed. The Hawks are up 2.5 games on Boston right now in the race to avoid Miami or Chicago in the first round. The gulf between those two teams and, like, Orlando and Indiana is obviously a huge one, and getting the sixth seed minimizes your chances of having to go through BOTH Chicago and Miami on your way to the Finals. It’s fun talking about this team like it’s a Finals contender rather than on the playoff bubble, right?

PREDICTION
Hard to picture the team that we saw in Sacto and Denver beating the Hawks on the road. Celtics 87, Hawks 91.

  • Kafel

    Celtics will win this!

  • jonathan

    JJ Hickson just got bought out by the Kings. Danny needs to go after him with J.O out for the season.

    • Mike

      word is he doesn't want to go to a contener. apparently he wants to go to a bad team so he can get a lot of minutes to earn a big contract

    • someguyinsac

      Like I said on another story, maybe because the dude has back issues. He might not be the best or healthiest player to pick up at the moment.

  • hdavenport

    Real pitchers' duel going on here.

  • I_Love_Green

    This game is intense back and forth action.

  • skeeds

    this has to be the worst officiating I've seen in ages. And it's not like it's lopsided. It's just stupid…

  • someguyinsac

    Awesome! The 3-O-Matic has come to life! Go Ray!

  • guest

    If they can't get two big men like they want they should still try going for Derek Fisher for the hell of it. There is a snowballs chance in hell and he's pretty old but he's a giant upgrade over Dooling it seems.

  • Eleeas3

    If they can't get two big men like they want they should still try going for Derek Fisher for the hell of it. There is a snowballs chance in hell and he's pretty old but he's a giant upgrade over Dooling it seems.
    Good thought domyessayforme

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