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