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An Easy Finish: Celtics 87, Bucks 74

ESPN Box Score • Bucksketball • Brew Hoop

Rather than go with 13 grades for the C’s roster (all 13 active players saw action tonight), we will save our hard-hitting analysis for the Atlanta series and give you some key bullet points to hold you over before our coverage ramps up on the first round showdown with the Hawks tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about tonight

  • Rondo, Garnett and Pietrus returned to action looking no worse for the wear. Rondo continued his double-digit assist streak, pushing it to 24 straight games, while also taking just one shot. No one has done that since 1984 (per Paul Flannery on Twitter). Classic Rondo
  • Atlanta blew out Dallas, so they get to host Game 1 and have homecourt advantage for their series with the C’s. The first game will be Sunday night at 7pm on ESPN. Full schedule of the series upcoming here at CelticsHub.
  • Pierce aggravated his bruised left toe, but still managed to score 12 points in just six minutes of action.
  • Ryan Hollins actually looked solid, with a career-high four blocks.
  • Celtics won this one by 13 and scored just 27 points in the second half. Yes, it was hard on the eyes for the three quarters of this one.

Much more on the way later tonight…….

  • ElRoz

    Well, exactly why was it necessary to play Pierce? Or KG and Rondo?

    It's not the last game of the 2009 NFL season and Wes Welker knee injury….but it is right up the alley: a meaningless game where the coach tries his luck by playing his key starters.

    NOT SMART. I guess all that talk about rest and health was not fully earnest. I wrote already at least twice that Boston should not risk any of its starters…and said even A Bradley and Bass should be kept from the court in order to avoid any mishaps…and then Doc plays Pierce the last game.

    • GowGow

      Disagree. It's not like Pierce played 30 minutes.

    • someguyinsac

      Well I'm going with the thought that they played just to make sure there wasn't too much rust buildup. It's not like they played much in the last week or so because of rest time or injury related issues and it's better to go into the playoffs with some sense of rhythm than none at all.

    • yeah

      Too much rest is a bad. Rest turns to rust.

    • CG12

      Really awesome bit of Monday morning quarterbacking, there guy. The players all say they prefer to play regularly, in order to keep the rhythm and flow of playing in a game. There are always little dings and dents with pro b-ball players, and you can get hurt going down the stairs. Maybe we should sit EVERYONE, ALL REGULAR SEASON LONG, so that they are healthy for the playoffs.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Dude he played 6 minutes relax

  • ripsonics

    BRING IT LANTA..

    CELTICS IN 5

  • felix

    yes! celtics in five!
    funny, all season long the c's battled crazy injuries and now all of a sudden it seems like the hawks have a serious problem with their frontcourt….i know my karma suffers but as a celtics fan i am really looking forward to playing a hawks team with no valuable big player other than smith.
    Ray worries me,though.

  • Josh

    Dallas was pretty much worthless last night, wow. They look dead and bloated. I think Celtics in 6 is accurate here.