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The Churning of Atlanta: C’s 88, Hawks 86

 
Atlanta Hawks 86 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce, SF 41 MIN | 6-19 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | -9
Pierce’s DIY offense reared its head again at times late in this game. The defense swarmed him accordingly, and he rarely passed out of it. He made several weird choices on offense throughout the evening, but his defensive effort was appreciated and he played huge minutes for the second night in a row.
Brandon Bass, PF 42 MIN | 10-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | +2
I feel better when Bass’s jumpers go up than any other jumpers on the team. He knows his spots and Rondo knows how to find him there. He also outrebounded Zaza Pachulia with a four-inch disadvantage and put down some sick dunks. Every day I like to remind myself that he was acquired straight up for Glen Davis (8.6 pts, 5.1 rebounds, 40% shooting).
Kevin Garnett, PF 33 MIN | 9-20 FG | 4-4 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 22 PTS | 0
How DARE anyone tell Kevin Garnett he couldn’t play the end of that game. On a night when Allen sat and Pierce and Rondo couldn’t hit, Garnett carried the offense. He posted up when he got one matchup, and he took jumpers when he got the other matchup. His shot chart looks like a sawed-off shotgun blast. How could this guy ever have thought about retiring three months from now?
Rajon Rondo, PG 47 MIN | 3-16 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 20 AST | 10 PTS | +6
A+ for the assists, rebounds, and defense. D+ for the shooting and turnovers. That averages out to an A somehow. It was a triple double! With 20 assists!!! He shouldn’t be punished too harshly for some bad luck at the rim.
Avery Bradley, SG 31 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -13
I love that Doc can now choose between Pietrus and Bradley to shut down the opposing team’s best scorer, depending on the size of the player. I also loved when Bradley flushed that three in the third.
Keyon Dooling, PG 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +1
Even without Ray, I’m not sure what he was “dooling” in the game.
Sasha Pavlovic, SF 14 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +12
Never has a player done so much while doing so little. Someone needs to come up with an “in the mix” quantification for Sasha. I guess his team-high +12 will suffice.
Mickael Pietrus, SF 29 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +11
Pietrus got an A for his speedy recovery, his clutch shooting, and his defense on Joe Johnson tonight. Then he asked fans to follow him on Twitter in his postgame interview and that got him the bump to the A+.
Greg Stiemsma, C 24 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | 0
Ah, that flat-footed Stiemsma jumper. He’s reluctant to shoot it, but even more reluctant to miss it. Stiemsma got jobbed at the end of the game but had already given his team a monster night on defense and the boards. When he ascends to superstar status in two weeks he’ll stop getting those ticky-tack calls.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Guts all over the floor. How this team won a SEGABABA when they turned the ball over 19 times, took ten fewer free throws, and terrible officiating that lost them their only two players taller than 6’7″ will forever be a mystery. I’m glad this team finally gets a day of rest, but I also wish I could watch them play every day.
  2. The game within the game of Tommy Heinsohn’s fury vs. his own heart trying not to explode. And that game was probably closer than the basketball one. I tried to imagine what it would be like for a Hawks fan listening to Tommy on League Pass and got a brief glimpse of why so many people hate him so much.
  3. I have a complaint about the Boston crowds: there were at least three instances of the Celtics running out of shot clock without realizing it tonight. That should never happen. Crowds are supposed to COUNT DOWN THE SHOT CLOCK when it gets close. Get involved, please.
  • http://Lovemyceltics.blogspot.com mycelts

    1983 31st DRAFT PICK: DOC RIVERS

    7 years as a starter, one year averaged a double double, 
    Doc played for the Hawks, tonight wants to cause trouble.
    Because of a swollen ankle, Ray we will not see,
    But he'll travel to Toronto to start the B2B2B.

    Surprise tonight, a few minutes from Mickael, 
    After his concussion, hope he's hearty and hale.
    Without Ray, Sasha–more minutes he'll get, 
    He's a tough player and a three point threat.

    Early turnovers for the Cs, Smith always wants a hoop, 
    Bradley coast to coast, from Rondo alley-oop.
    Brandon Bass with a dunk (!!) that was very "loud,"
    Pietrus came in, extra love from the crowd.

    Rondo stepped up his play, to the hoop or with a pass, 
    Running the floor, shooting well is Brandon Bass.
    To end Q1 the Hawks' offense slows, 
    On an elbow from Hinrich, Pierce a bloody nose.

    After being down 9, Cs start Q2 up 1,
    Pietrus made a hoop–the crowd had fun!
    Saw Tracy McGrady play like he did at one time, 
    Cs shot clock violations–three–seem like a crime.

    In assists, average 11.3, Rondo leads the league.
    Ugh, Bradley's third turnover, stolen by Teague.
    Bradley's 4th turnover–Cs have 12, not great,
    Q2 Cs scored only 14, at the half they're down 8.

    Q3 Rondo, Bass, Bradley running the floor with KG, 
    Bradley stepped back and made a three.
    Rondo a steal, a three for Pierce, 
    Gotta say, this whole team is fierce.

    KG and Bass great, they've hardly missed, 
    19 games in a row, Rondo double digit assist.
    When Pietrus comes in, taps his heart then the floor, 
    Stiemsma doesn't hesitate to shoot, easy score.

    Cs started Q4 only down by one, 
    Q3 Stiemsma and Pierce got the job done.
    Pietrus for the lead to start Q4,
    Still can't watch the tape of when he landed on the floor.

    Cs 15-2 run, crowd loved Pietrus for three, but, 
    Teague decked Pietrus, tech on Smith, he's a nut!
    Teague scored 6 in a row to take the lead, 
    Anyone with some legs is what the Cs need.

    Triple Double for Rondo, heads up play for KG, 
    Pachulia hooked KG, guess the refs didn't see!
    Tied at 80, on several good shots from Teague, 
    KG is hot, Pierce showing fatigue.

    Tied at 84, Cs shot clock violation a crime, 
    Good D by the Cs, just what they need–overtime!
    KG fouled out (cheesy), first time this season, 
    Mid OT Cs up 4, KG, Rondo, Bass the reason.

    1:02 left OT, terrible sight to see, 
    Bass on the ground, but ok is he.
    Horrible call on Stiemsma, then on Stiemsma, he's out, 
    Then on Pierce!  The refs had too much clout!

    10.1 seconds left, Hawks have the ball, 
    IN SPITE OF THE REFS, the Cs take it all.

  • IBleedGreen

    I hate Tommy. Worst broadcaster EVER. This coming from a Celtic fan.

    • ElRoz

      Tommy is a NBA champion, all-star, hall of famer, and coached Boston to two championships in the 1970s…but yes, he is a definite homer: I expect the broadcaster to to calm me down, not to be more upset then I am…all in all, GO Tommy!

    • Vivek-NJ

      tommy is worst ? i admire his insight, his incredible memory. he has been a celtic for over half a century, so i wont blame his outburst

    • cezsays

      I'm with you. He ruins the games often for me.

      He's gonna die right on the air one of these days though, and then we're all going to feel awful.

      Poor guy is just a homer like the rest of us, and it's probably going to kill him. Either that, or he'll get fired for assaulting a ref…

    • felix

      Tommy is the best broadcaster EVER. seriously, he brings it all – passion, emotion and knowledge. Few commentators know how to read and comment on the games as he does. actually nobody does.

  • New English

    Tommy rules. He's the one who bleeds green.

  • ripsonics

    This is a game that theoretically we should have lost – because everything was against us – but we didnt. We found a way to win the game.

    You know who finds ways to win games when everything is against them?

    Champions.

    Nuff Said

    Go C's

  • ripsonics

    and yes: "Every day I like to remind myself that he was acquired straight up for Glen Davis (8.6 pts, 5.1 rebounds, 40% shooting)."

  • http://twitter.com/kevincote @kevincote

    Come on now Tommy is amazing. He's a true character, you have to appreciate him for what he is and appreciate that it is simply more entertaining than a bland color guy who does his best to fade into the background. Nothing is funnier than an extremely angry Tommy. Like when he yells his comments so the refs will hear him. Fantastic! The refs probably made those calls just to rile him up and are laughing their tails off in the airport lounge right now.

  • JR99

    Doc postgame said:

    "I gotta tell you guys, that was the worst….(pause)… game we've ever won. I know you thought I'd say something else."

    I.e., this was the WORST OFFICIATED game. Doc made his point, but won't be fined. Gotta love Doc.
    http://www.csnne.com/celticsvideo#

  • green-boner

    somebody in this league has to have the balls to point out the obvious and thats tommy.fuck the people on league pass i want a homer commentating my home team.its so journalistic sheik to play down the problems with officiating.i was betting it wouldnr even be mentioned here.even halks fans could see that was a fix job.

    • cezsays

      I'd agree with you if he wasn't wrong 75% of the time.

      • Phil

        I do like it when the announcers point out bad calls, but I also don't mind when they let it go. All NFL announcers seem instructed to let bad calls go, and fans appreciate the officiating more. The truth is, all fans think their teams get more calls against them. Logically, I'm thinking its an objectivity thing.

        Most fans don't want objectivity in their announcer though; someone who points out the correct calls/bad calls, or points out the bad calls that go for their team. Stiemsma's fifth foul was a bad call, his sixth was obvious. Fans like hearing an incredulous reaction to both.

        I don't mind it when I'm watching games, it just annoys me that it convinces so many Celtics fans that the refs hate the Celtics, which isn't true.

        • green-boner

          the proof is there that they have insreuction to fuck the celtics. on anu given night the other team gets fouls called for them at a 2:1 ratio.people used to be able to blame the celtics lack of driving to the basket,but lately they do it more than there opponents.the end of that hawks game was a string of 5 bullshit fouls in a row and none for atlanta in overtime and 12 on the cs and 4 on atlanta in the fourth.start paying attention unless you wanna be in denial i wouldnt blame you.

  • Anthony

    It's so blatant that Stern and powers that be chooses who will be the NBA champs. There are just too many instances where the ref make these mystifying calls against the underdog team. Even last night's game against the Heat, there were several questionable calls in the 4th quarter. Apparently Lebron can crab dribble to his heart's content and draw a foul even though he takes 3 steps to the rim with no one touching him.

    Another BARFIGHT win tonight. I hate all these so-called experts and commentators that are now jumping on the bandwagon. I prefer they get off, so the Celts can go into the playoff under the radar and destroy all the teams that get in the way to Banner 18.

    • Eric

      I sincerely doubt David Stern would rather see Atlanta make the Finals ahead of Boston.

      • green-boner

        its not atlanta he wants the celtics to get a worse seed in hopes miami and chigao face each other in the confence finals.it would triple revenue.

    • Anthony

      My point is David Stern and the powers that be makes certain decisions that affect the outcome of certain games, series, and championships. Ref control the games more than the players.

      Some examples:
      * Dwade's carries the ball everytime on his crossover even rules were placed to stop Iverson from crossing over his opponents
      * How long does Bynum need to stay in the lane to get called for 3 second violation?
      * How many people has Kobe elbowed flailing his arms after a shot?
      * How many flops has Derek Fisher gotten away with in his career?
      * Noah gets no suspension for throwing ball at ref while Rondo gets 2 games?

  • lucidsportsfan

    It amazes me that they were able to win them game. From here on out nothing they do will surprise me. http://www.lucidsportsfan.com/2012_04_01_archive….

  • onecowboytoo

    I feel for Stiemsma. That guy gets no respect from the refs.

  • cezsays

    Tommy is annoying. The refs suck. I got that 10 years ago when i started watching C's games. I don't need you to point it out every time, especially when you're 2/3s of the time. Smh.

    Mike Gorman is a brilliant play by play guy, but you woudln't know it because he has to waste most of his limited air time correcting the blind and senile homer.

    I'll take him over Jeff Van Gundy 12 out of 10 times though…so as bad as he is, it could be worse.

    • noche

      Maybe if you had been watching the Celtics for longer than 10 years you would have a better appreciation for Tommy. He has definitely gone down hill in the past few years, he seems to get agitated with the refs more and more.

      But you have to appreciate who Tommy is and what he's meant to the city of Boston and the Celtics organization for the last 50+ years. When you've ground it out with an organization for that long you and you've lived and died with it's ups and downs – you're allowed to have this kind of attitude at the end of your career.

      So when Tommy retires and Donny "OMG I PLAYED 30 GAMES IN THE NBA" Marshal takes over, remember what it was like to have someone who knew more about basketball than anyone else on the air and CARED about the Celtics like they are his family. Yeah he's obnoxious at times, but he cares about the Celtics more than you will ever care about anything in your life.

      • CelticsBIG3

        Smartest comment mad about the Tommy delimma here tonight. Donny Marshall is TERRIBLE to listen to. He is SOOOOOO boring and trys way too hard to be insightful in games. He consistently talks about how great guys bodies are and how well they take care of their bodies and thats about it. Tommy can say whatever he wants… he's earned it. Lets see how you all react to games after you've been a part of Celtics Nation for over 50 years.

    • diehardceltic

      If I could figure away to Mute Jeff Van Gandy, I would be the happiest person on this earth. He just drives me insane, especially with the SVG talk,

  • W2.

    I was at the game. The crowd was booing like I have never heard. So much so that two people in front of me got up and left. I was sitting in the balcony and at one point my buddy goes….I bet Tommy is losing his mind. We look over from a mile away and you could just see the disgust. He throw a pen or something and then crossed his arms. It was too funny. Tommy is what he is – a Celtic. And I love him!

    Awesome piece on the man: http://theclassical.org/articles/the-homer-in-win… by Alan Siegel.

    Go Green!

  • W2.

    And if Avery deserves an A – I wish y'all are grading my papers in grad school.

  • felix

    Pierce played very weird tonight. if not downright selfish ball. He got stuck with the ball, didn't pass it or made bad (=late) passes and did not give it to Rondo in OT, when RR was basically screaming at him to get him the ball. Maybe i overblow stuff but i have rarely seen him play like that.

  • Josh

    Totally agree with felix. Pierce was a duesch tonite. Rondo is the ****en pg, so give him the ball. your 5-33 so quit shooting. One more thing on Pierce, thanks for hanging KG out to dry by giving him the ball with 3 seconds left. All in all, KG Bass and Rondo saved our aces tonite.

    • Anthony

      Josh Smith bailed us out by taking the 3-pointer…. if you watch ATL home games, the fans boo everytime he takes long 2s and 3s.

      Still a good win all things considered.

  • CelticsBIG3

    From that article W2 posted, this little video is awesome.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FaLQbg8Ch0

  • lakershater13

    Someone has to tell me why Rondo is not in the discussion for MVP. I understand that it is a 2 man race and that its most likely going to be Lebron or KD. My problem is when they talk about 3-5 I do not understand how Rondo is not mentioned. Westbrook? Love? Bryant? I am not sure why any of those guys would get the MVP over Rondo. Love has monster numbers but for a losing team. The Lakers can hold there own with anyone with out Bryant. Helps when you have 2 talented 7 footers. Westbrook is good but I don't think anyone would pick him to start a franchise over Rondo. Rondo leads the league in assists. He has had the longest 10+ assist streak since 1992. He also has had 6 triple doubles now and not one other player has more than 1 this season. To make that stat more impressive let me point out that there are only 10 players including himself that have 7+ triple doubles in there careers among active players. He has six in a condensed season. As much as I hate lebron its obvious with the season he is having he will likely win unless KD wins it last minute but Rondo should clearly be in the discussion as the 3rd runner. Anyone agree?

    • Lantrell Walker

      Agree, Rondo should definitely be in the conversation. Both he & Tony Parker deserve more commendation for the awesome seasons they've both had.

      #WeBelieveIn18

    • IBleedGreen

      If Rondo and Westbrook were in the same draft class this year. Westbrook would be picked before Rondo 10 out of 10 times.

    • Anthony

      I don't mean to sound negative but Rondo wouldn't be considered a MVP candidate because the Celts has always been a collective effort of everyone on the team. I can't honestly say Rondo is more valuable than KG or Pierce or Ray. And that's what I love about the team. The TEAM is greater than the sum of its parts.

  • Borna Hlousek

    Haha, watching/listening to Tommy go off was one of the best parts of the game. He makes it so enjoyable, and I’m glad he openly wears his green colored heart on his sleeve

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