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Ron’doh! Hawks 83, Celtics 74

 

Grades by Hayes and Brian. Our recap generator is acting up so check out box score for full numbers….

Atlanta Hawks 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 74 Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce, SF As one of the few Celtics with the ability to get to the rim, Pierce had a moral obligation to go after the depleted Hawks frontcourt tonight. At the end of the game, he was 3-5 at the basket and 2-14 everywhere else. His final shot chart looks like the easiest treasure map ever. Even if he’d missed 14 shots at the basket, he’d easily have ended up with more than 3 free throws, an inexcusable number against this team. (C-).
Brandon Bass, PF  Lackluster. He’s got an extremely tough matchup against Josh Smith out there, and he’s fallen into a bit of a slump over the past few games. Reason for concern on a team in dire need of offense with Allen out, but Bass has looked out of sync lately and nothing changed on that front tonight.
Kevin Garnett, PF The man with the most reliable motor in professional sports fell asleep for the first half of this game. He was three steps behind Josh Smith on defense and refused to attempt any shots other than heavily-contested 20-foot jumpers. He was himself again down the stretch, burying shots and extinguishing Smith, but the damage he was partly responsible for was already done. Two shots at the basket in the entire game.
Rajon Rondo, PG Are we allowed to give grades for the first 47 minutes? If so, this grade reflects that. Offensively, Rajon did his job tonight for a largely stagnant Celtics offense, hitting a couple jumpers, getting to the rim and trying to get out and run. 43 minutes, 20 points 11 assists and just one turnover. You’ll take that any day of the week from Rajon. Yet, this will all rightfully be overshadowed by Rondo’s outburst and chest bump after the foul call on Brandon Bass. Barring a very generous interpetation by the league office Rajon will be good as gone for Game 2, and not only that, he cost this team any chance it had in the last 40 seconds by giving the Hawks two extra free throws. I’d write more about this right now but I don’t want to break my keyboard.
Avery Bradley, SG Good energy defensively, some nice cuts, but the outside shooting was not there tonight. You can’t expect him to carry the offensive fort on a night where Pierce goes 5 of 19 from the field, but this was a kind of night where you hoped his new-found outside touch carried over from the regular season, since he was the main guy getting the good looks.
Keyon Dooling, Classic Keyon. If Rondo’s gone for Game 2, this will not work.
Sasha Pavlovic, SF If you only manage four individual statistical units in a game, you’d better not make three of them turnovers or fouls.
Mickael Pietrus, SF He’s normally only called upon for his defense, which he inflicted pretty well on both Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams in his 20 minutes. But as long as Allen’s out, he’s going to need to take some of the scoring burden off of his teammates. 0 points on two missed threes is well short of acceptable

Five Things We Saw

  1. The opposite of what we should’ve seen. Atlanta, not a strong rebounding team to begin with, was playing without their starting and backup centers. The Celtics responded by getting outrebounded 48-40 and only earning 13 free throws, all because they inexplicably chose to confine their offense to difficult jump shots early in the shot clock. Just a catastrophe of a game plan.
  2. Josh Smith, eater of worlds. With his team’s two best rebounders out, Smith took advantage of a ground-bound Boston frontcourt for 18 rebounds. I wonder if Garnett brought his torch to Atlanta, or if he’ll be passing it later on in a private ceremony.
  3. A long-range nightmare. With Ray Allen out, Boston went 0-11 from three, with the entire team barely edging Joe Johnson for misses from that area.
  4. A three-quarter Boston win. If the Celtics had managed to tie the first quarter rather than take a relaxed dump on the court, they’d win this game by four.
  5. Boston’s best player removing himself from the game. The call was terrible, but that doesn’t excuse Rondo’s mistake. Hope he got his money’s worth out of that gentle bump, because if he gets suspended Boston’s almost certainly heading home down two games.
  • I_Love_Green

    Its like they forgot it was the playoffs….need a better effort from P and Bass next game since Rondo is gone.

  • High Rollers

    We can still win Game 2 without Rondo.

    • I_Love_Green

      For sure, but we'll need guys to step up big. Like Avery, MP, and Dooling. All I'm asking for is a couple of threes, good defense, and great effort.

      • High Rollers

        I'm so over Bumpgate already. He was sticking up for his guys, not himself, in that one. 'Til Rondo returns, expect plenty of heart from that crew.

        • High Rollers

          Rules are rules, and there's never been any "beyond a reasonable doubt" treatment for ref contact. Little doubt there will be a one-gamer. That said, this was neither A) the World Peace elbow nor B) a Dennis Rodman headbutt circa the '90s. Even with the likely suspension, nothing nearly as clear-cut as this demonstration:
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niSd-GtPCGk

          Time for a bounce-back game from AB, Captain, Bass, et al.

    • CG12

      No question. Rondo's absence doesn't worry me a great deal, to be honest.

  • Guest

    No grade for Stiemsma?

    • someguyinsac

      -2, so he gets a B+ minimum from me.

    • CG12

      The Stiemer was one of the few guys who looked like he was busting his hump out there. 9 boards, 4 offensive, in 19 minutes is awfully good.

  • Lakershater13

    Anyone who is pissed at Rondo dont be. The play before Josh Smith clearly hits it out in front of the ref. Should have been Celtics ball down 4. Then while the Cs are playing defense both teams are on the ground and they call a foul? That was clearly a jump ball. So that was 2 tough calls and I cant blame Rondo for being pissed. Lebron reacts like that all the time and the refs look the other way.
    Do I think the Cs would have won had the out of bounds call been correct? Maybe they do maybe not.
    Celtics were rolling at that point but they had been shooting poorly all night so honestly who knows.
    Hopefully the league suspends the ref on 2 blown calls in a row rather than Rondo.

    • I_Love_Green

      Yeahh that play had me jumping out of my seat! Seriously I thought that was clearly off Smith, maybe I need to see the replay, but it looked like there was no way it wasn't off Smith.

      And then you have the ref just refusing to call a jump ball a few possessions later. 90% of the time that's a jump ball. We got the 10% unfortunately.

      • Lakershater13

        They showed the Smith play at half time of the Grizz/Clips game. They all said it was clearly off Smith. Rondo said something to that same ref then so the next play when the same ref called the foul Rondo snapped. I dont blame him.

    • Jim

      I agree,terrible calls cost us a chance to make a game of it. Tommy Heinson I hope you are ok after watching those two calls by a terrible referee..

    • red's army

      love the intensity from rondo…..only one who looked like they wanted to win out there

      • High Rollers

        Definitely was the only guy with a sharp focus at the start, but he had everybody infused with it by the time of the incident. Even the much maligned Bass was busting it by that point. That's why you hate to miss Rondo's orchestration of his guys potentially in Game 2 but you love the fact that he brought back the pulse. That play where he was furiously ushering Keyon on the make-shift fast-break is classic.

    • OKCeltic

      I can't blame Rondo for being pissed, but he also needs to keep his head in the game. He has to know he's the straw that stirs the Celtic drink.
      I have no problems with the first T, but as a leader, he can't put himself in the position to get the second one. They worked too hard to get back in the game only to give it back.

  • Jamie

    If Bass can't even bother to try to play defense then we will not beat Atlanta cause josh smith will torch us. His effort was poor to say the least.

    • CG12

      Bass was terrible last night. He was rarely where he was supposed to be on defense. His offensive game is devoid of nuance and incredibly limited. 1. Shot jumper. 2. Go to the hoop like a rabid wolverine. 3. Panic, turn back to hoop, furiously attempt to throw ball to teammate in terrible position far from hoop, with entire defense well aware that is the plan.

      • CelticsBIG3

        He had a rough night last night for sure. He was definetly TERRIBLE defensively. How could such a young guy get his ass busted so easy on defense when Smith was facing him up. The only time Smith tried to get to the hoop at all was when Bass was on him. He wanted no part of trying to get around KG

  • Lantrell Walker

    Despite the fact that Atlanta came storming out of the gate & almost blew this game wide open at one point, I like the fight and resolve the C's showed in the second half when they cut the deficit to 4. We need to play a full 48 minute, effort fueled game come Tuesday & head back home with a split. Atlanta came out tonight & showed us what they're about, now it's time for us to show them. As for Rondo, hopefully the league can find a middle ground with this whole situation like a hefty fine and a solid talking too from Stu Jackson(kidding), but hopefully Rondo won't have to miss any games or worse case scenario he misses 1, this situation is hardly serious enough to warrant a 2-game suspension, especially considering the fact that the playoffs just started.

    #WeBelieveIn18

  • Lakershater13

    To be clear I am hating on the refs. I am not just hating on the refs in just this series. A lot of bad calls are happening all over the playoffs right now. I'm okay with the "home court" calls but not the mystery phantom calls or the obviously wrong calls.

  • JR99

    The refs are by far the worst part of the whole NBA experience. When they make any game about the officiating rather than about the players (ESPECIALLY a playoff game) they ruin the sport for everyone involved. It doesn't have to be this way, but sadly it still is.

  • High Rollers

    “Free Rondo!” – Charles Barkley, Inside the NBA

  • janos

    Ok
    Have dinner, son , calm down ready post now back, pot roast.
    . All hawk and ref do here is poke bear, ok. Celtics will do rally with , without rondos so either ways is tied come home,… i hope……
    When game 4 point, was time happy as hawk reeling but miscue, small, even in playoff magnify so big. Disater end, still lose small point ; when stay on full game will get small win, count same and 1-1. Margin error, reduce so only focus, behave from on, now.

    • Lantrell Walker

      Greatest Post Ever

      • JR99

        The required parsing makes each concept pop out, somehow. lol. luv it

  • ElRoz

    Perhaps Doc gave them tooooo much rest? The Hawks played like they never missed a beat, but Boston looked rusty, NOT rested….rusty, not rested.

    Rondo proves himself not very responsible once again.

    It just seems that this whole year this team has started by digging itself into a hole – they started like that, they went into the all-star break like that, they began the playoffs like that.

    • OKCeltic

      I agree 100%. I told my son before the game that I hoped they didn't start slow like they've done consistently throughout the season. Even a half-way decent start would make the rest of the game so much easier for the team and for the collective blood pressure of the fans.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Weren't you saying a week ago that they shouldn't be playing them? I mentioned last week that they needed time because playing is the preverbial WD-40 can keeping them lubricated and rust free

  • red

    I am not worried about this series; it is simple really, if we can`t beat the hawks without home court ,then we couldn`t beat any of the elite teams with home court.

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

    Dooling's legs looked pretty good. Hope the Celtics played inspired next game…

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

      play*

  • red's army

    celtics were due for a real stinker….bass is thinking about his shot too much and looking a little more like big baby lately (throwing up some real garbage). aaaand dooling should never step foot on a basketball court again in his life.

  • Hawks Corey

    Boston sucks!! Can’t wait to hear all the excuses when MY HAWKS when this series. Y’all talking s*%t but if you lose Game 2………… whoooooooooo. Bad news for y’all. I see why laker fans hate y’all. And I live in LA. Born and raised in the ATL but job offer brought me to LaLa land.oh man I can’t wait.

    • red's army

      cool story bro

    • CG12

      Thanks for the thoughts, y'all.

  • Guest

    Atlanta played harder. I thought Smith clearly took control of the ball in the scrum on the floor, but it should have been a no call in that situation. Rondo accidently chest bumped the official in the same way that Ron Artest was just following through with an elbow in celebrating a dunk.

  • red's army

    every body KG getting suspended in the 2010 miami heat series? every body wrote off the celtics including bill simmons. what happened? brought the celtics back to life and they came minutes within stealing another ship.

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