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Full Celtics-Hawks Series Schedule

 

NBA.com released the schedule for the first round of the postseason last night. Here’s how the Celtics-Hawks series breaks down:

Game 1 - Sun April 29, Boston at Atlanta, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 2 - Tue May 1, Boston at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 - Fri May 4, Atlanta at Boston, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
Game 4 - Sun May 6, Atlanta at Boston, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue May 8, Boston at Atlanta, TBD
Game 6 * Thu May 10, Atlanta at Boston, TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 12, Boston at Atlanta, TBD, TNT

CH’s Take: No real surprises here, as the Celtics-Hawks will be the only Eastern Conference series to open up on Sunday as opposed to Saturday, allowing one extra day of rest for the likes of Ray Allen and Greg Steimsma before the series begins. By the same token, once the series begins, there will be less rest for the C’s potentially in comparison to the other East matchups, as there will be only 1 two-day break for the Green (between Games 2 and 3), while all the other series have at least two such instances over the course of their seven games.

That being said, Rivers probably prefers the extra day of practice and preparation, as the C’s will practice today and likely tomorrow as well before heading down to Atlanta. And as many suspected, the resting of Pierce and Garnett ended up costing Boston a better chance at home-court advantage in the first round, but it’s a decision that Rivers is still happy with.

 ”Well, we’d rather not [open on the road.] Honestly. It would’ve been easier to open up at home, but we’re just not. We had to make tough choices, you know, looking at Kevin (Garnett) the way he ran today I was happy with the choice: he looked like his legs were back. And so for me, that answered the question. Then I looked at the scoreboard and I was hoping Dallas was winning the game so we could get everything. But, you know, listen, we’ve earned the road. Because of our record. You can look at games: we lost two in Toronto, we lost a lot of games early in the year, that is the reason we are on the road. So we earned that. And we’ll have to be ready for it.”

All fair points by Doc. Despite going 24-10 after the All-Star Break, Boston squandered away several opportunities at wins over the course of the season, so it’s tough to pin any real blame on the Atlanta situation, especially given the grueling stretch the team was coming off of. The fact of the matter is, Boston should be able to beat the Hawks even without home court, but now the margin of error is a bit less on the road through the Eastern Conference.

  • High Rollers

    Home court advantage is one of the easiest things to lose once the postseason actually begins.

    Truly the only thing that matters to the C's is health and rhythm. Here's where Ray's obsessive habits could actually come in handy. Throw him in there and his shot and his maneuvering to get a shot are practically automatic, no matter how long he's been out. Even when he's missing shots, opponents have to respect his presence. That too seems to be automatic now. You can't get guys to ignore him, and if they do experience a mental lapse and leave the greatest three point shooter of all time open… well you know the rest of that story. I don't think his brain even knows he has ankles much less grainy spurs in them at that point. It's all about the shot. Automatic.

    I'm so excited that Sunday seems like an eternity from now. Legggooooooo!!!!!!

    P.S. A little prayer to the basketball gods…. Please let Ray play! It doesn't have to be every minute of every game, just whenever we need him. Amen.

  • yeah

    I before E except after C darn it
    Stiemsma deserves to have his name spelled correctly all the time now

  • W2.

    We take two in Atlanta and look it up on the home court (ideally).

    Love the extra day of rest for Ray and Steamer.

    I am kind of wondering if the Hawks will run with the Kirk/JT backcourt or start Marvin Williams giving the Hawks a huge size adv with Avery guarding Joe Johnson.

    While this should be an open and shut series, I do wonder if Avery will be able to stay on the court or if we will see a steady diet of Smilin Mike and perhaps Quis. We should rule the post.

    Roll Celts.

    • ElRoz

      do you think it will do any good for Ra Allen? I doubt it…I already wrote him off.

      But with Pietrus, Dooling, and Sasha-Marquis, they could still have a good team, only more via defense.

      I'm more excited about Ryan Hollins contributing, which means he might be able to take 5-6 minutes fa game from KG and Bass…and that could be helpful.

  • Dawson

    It sounds like our buddy Zaza is out, as well as Horford. Has anyone heard otherwise?

  • I_Love_Green

    I'm hyped for Sunday!!! I can't wait to see how this squad does in the playoffs this year, I truly believe we can make a run.

  • skeeds

    come on come on COME OOONNNNNNNNNN!!! I'm already on edge! If someone told me 3 months ago the playoffs would be starting and I'd be happy about it, I'd laugh bitterly.

    But here we are, ready to do damage, playing with swagger, scaring teams. I couldn't care less how far we go. I get to see KG, Pierce, Rondo, and hopefully Ray, take the floor together probably for the last time. And I'm gonna enjoy every second of it!

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

      Ray Allen swagger daggers

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

    Deep down inside, KG is sad that he won't square off against Zaza in game 1.

  • GowGow

    I love Ray but come on, how will we write Avery off? You find your secret weapon and don't use it afterwards, genius.

    • skeeds

      why would we write him off? there's plenty of playing time to go around. And each one of those 2 is useful in different situaions.
      Bradley is one hell of a player. But when you're down a couple of points, late in the fourth, there's no better shooter to get you that bucket than Ray.

      • GowGow

        Agree. Correct me if I'm wrong, but shouldn't the rotation with the 1 and 2 positions be Rondo, Allen and Bradley? Those three match each other in their own way.

        Rondo at 1 and Ray at 2
        Bradley at 1 and Ray at 2
        Rondo at 1 and Bradley at 2

  • yeah

    So if the Celtics were to go all the way and win the championship… would it guarantee Ray Allen stays?

    • Jman

      No…lol
      It guarantees KG, Ray and Pierce's retirement in glory. :D So let's hope they win this year and go out like they deserve…2010 was stolen from them and they rightfully deserve to end their careers on a high note…If anything, them going to the finals will generate more revenue for the league then any other team in the east

      • skeeds

        Naaah. The kind of bullshit move Ainge almost pulled with Ray, he better start writting a really good makeup speech whether we win or not.
        I mean, if I'm Ray fuckin Allen and my team's shopping me, and I find out about it AFTER the deal is done, I'd be pissed. That's not a move you pull against a professional of his status and character. It's just disrespectful.

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