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Game 58/66: Hawks (34-23) @ Celtics (33-24)


To whomever made this: I love you.

Atlanta @ Boston
TD Garden
8:00 PM

Offensive Efficiency
Boston: 98.5 points/100 possessions (25th)
Atlanta: 101.5 points/100 possessions (17th)

Defensive Efficiency
Boston: 95.3 points allowed/100 possessions (1st)
Atlanta: 98.7 points allowed/100 possessions (6th)

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

View from opposing bench: Hoopinion


Things in Greenland have definitely been pretty sweet lately.  The Celtics will finish up their toughest seven game stretch of the season with tonight’s game against Atlanta and the Celtics have been playing out of their gourds.  With a win, the Celtics will be able to boast big wins against four Eastern Conference playoff teams.

Getting a win tonight might be the perfect way to cap off this tough stretch, but it will be far from easy.  In  order to make sure the Celtics left Miami with a win, Doc Rivers played the Big Four all well over 30 minutes.  We already know the Celtics are never the strongest on a SEGABABA, but a SEGABABA where you have to face Joe Johnson and Josh Smith a day after facing LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?  That’s almost always a scheduled loss, epecially given the tree lines on the Celtics’ starters.

This would be the perfect time for a let down but I just don’t see it.  The Hawks have had three days rest and got a chance to beat up on the Charlotte Bobcats twice while the C’s were toiling with San Antonio and Chicago.  On the flip side, the Hawks also haven’t played a really good team since getting destroyed by Chicago back on March 28th.   The Hawks have also recently lost to the Sixers.  It’s probably safe to conclude that the Hawks have trouble with really good defensive teams.  But who doesn’t?

News and Notes:

Ray Allen is out with a swollen ankle but Mickael Pietrus is back in the lineup tonight.  Expect a huge emotional lift from the home crowd.

Be sure to check out Rich Keefe’s chat with Kirk Hinrich!

I’ll be Tweeting tonight for ESPN’s Daily Dime.  Get at me!



Let’s keep the good times rolling.  Celtics 105, Hawks 98

  • Sophomore

    Wait. What? Pietrus is back!?

    Great news, but out of left field. They'd been asking whether he'd be back for the playoffs.

  • yeah

    The opposing bench hardly has any comments.
    Glad we have an actual community here.

  • onecowboytoo

    Think we need to sit Ray for the back to back to back.

  • I_Love_Green

    Woah…pretty lethargic start.

  • I_Love_Green

    How can you not like MP?

  • hdavenport


    • someguyinsac

      Heavy heart pounding for you too?

  • hdavenport

    RIP Tommy Heinsohn.

    • hdavenport

      Correction he's still alive somehow.

      • Rob

        I think it's high time for NBA officials to begin having some respect for Heinsohn's mortality when they're calling games at the Garden

  • I_Love_Green

    This ref job is an embarrassment to the league. Unbelievable.

  • X-RIP-X

    WHAT A WIN! Can't believe it since those refs turned the game into a joke… Hope Bass is OK (I mean REALLY OK)!

  • yeah

    Ohp. Pietrus just had an epic interview. Post it please

  • Josh

    Wow…….8 on 5 and we STILL get a win! They foul out KG and Steamer and we STILL get the win! Suck it league, we're back.

  • ripsonics


    Go C's

  • High Rollers

    Oh yeah.

  • yeah

    Really wanted to see MIL take down NY tonight. Close but darn. That would've been icing on the cake for sure.

    • phreesh

      Can't happen. Won't happen. Knicks playoff bound, baby!

  • James Patrick

    I haven't had this much confidence in our team since the the day before Perk was traded! haha

    And who knew we had our 5th spot all along in KG!!!!!!

    We gotta get that 3 spot. I'd rather get Miami than the Bulls in round 2 (if our good fortunes continue!!!)

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