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Atlanta Hawks 84 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce, SF 47 MIN | 3-12 FG | 14-14 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 21 PTS | +3
Pierce gets a 21-footer for the last shot? That’s the play? On a 2-10 night? When everyone knows he’s getting the ball? When he has four seconds to attack the rim? Doc? Hello? Doc? Why are you laughing?

Listen: who cares. He made two more free throws than the entire Hawks team. He held Joe Johnson to…whatever. Who. Cares.

Brandon Bass, PF 26 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -2
Brandon Bass is staring at his disappearing hand like Marty McFly right now. Remember when Glen Davis said he needed to play like Glen Davis? Bass needs to STOP playing like Glen Davis. Be aggressive, dude.
Kevin Garnett, PF 42 MIN | 9-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +11
If Kevin Garnett doesn’t like getting big sloppy kisses from dudes, he’s lucky I wasn’t in the building on that last putback dunk. KG was the only effective scorer for pretty much the entire game. His defensive sauce was beaucoup weak in the first half, but he kept everyone invested in the game like he do. He’s my favorite player ever and he’s the best.
Avery Bradley, SG 25 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -1
Held Kirk Hinrich to zero points. I wouldn’t be mad if Rondo swallowed his pride and let Bradley take Jeff Teague. Rondo gambled and lost on Teague, by my unofficial count, ten thousand times in this game.
Rajon Rondo, PG 49 MIN | 7-22 FG | 3-4 FT | 14 REB | 12 AST | 17 PTS | +4
The grading algorithmm isn’t equipped to evaluate this game for Rajon Rondo. The inputs don’t add up. 7-22, zero made jumpers, 6 turnovers, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, a spectacular fake in the final seconds, immediately followed by his like seventh blown layup? It automatically gives out a B+ when it enters a logic loop like this. Pray for the grading algorithm.
Greg Stiemsma, C 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -4
Blonde Ambition: The Greg Stiemsma Story may be reaching the conclusion of its 2012 chapter. But three boards and two blocks in six minutes is not too shabbies.
Ray Allen, SG 37 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-3 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +9
Not to harp on this, but if you’re going to waste the last shot on a Pierce 21-footer, you can’t give that shot to Allen and watch the entire city burn if he makes it? I would have torn out a huge chunk of my hair in joy-rage if that had happened. But even without that moment, Ray’s game was awesome. Don’t even think we knew how much we missed him.
Mickael Pietrus, SF 25 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +9
I hate every time Pietrus goes up for a shot until it goes in.

Five Things We Saw

  1. The reason why people say “A win’s a win.” Losing at home with Josh Smith out would have been…it’s not even worth thinking about because it didn’t happen. Everyone just think about other stuff. A win=a win.
  2. The death of basketball. For a half, basketball died. Both teams took terrible shots, nobody made any, Greg Stiemsma let a pass bounce off his head. The streets ran red with 24-second violations. It was gross.
  3. Shots of Flo Allen on the sideline. Was she going to games when Ray was out? I don’t remember. Maybe she threw on a bedazzled Bill Sharman throwback and showed up every night. Anyway, so totally awesome that Ray is back.
  4. Fat Tracy McGrady, momentary Celtics killer. Fat Tracy was the beneficiary of the Celtics’s indifference to defense and rebounding in the first half. One time he dunked.
  5. The most morally ambiguous triple-double ever.
  • http://twitter.com/HowardAvellino @HowardAvellino

    If the Celtics key players are going to look that bored, can't the second unit play? It's hard to imagine them doing much worse, for most of the game. Then you can put the big guys in when they are ready to care, and as a bonus, they'll be better rested.

  • High Rollers

    Hayes, this grades post is AWESOME. Seriously, fridge worthy.

    And Rondo's stats break the calculator. Probably no one is surprised.

    His post-game comments were, as usual, abbreviated. I'm starting to wonder if it's precisely because of that calculator thing… Maybe he's trying to work it all out in his head how things went down, right when somebody in the back is once again asking him, "How did you [fill in the blank]?" The answer is always "We got stops," people!

    KG was ridiculously focused tonight.

  • Jo R

    Since the switch to the post-game report cards, I missed Davenport's game recaps…. Nice to see him do the grades today.

  • http://Lovemyceltics.blogspot.com mycelts

    RAY OF HOPE

    Game to game decision for Number 20, Ray, 
    After missing 11 games, he is playing today!
    Rondo with the ball,  Hawks looking at him, 
    Bradley cut to the hoop like he was playing in the gym.

    Early fouls on Collins, of Dampier we caught sight, 
    He's played nine minutes since St. Patrick's night.
    The Hawks' 7-0 run was stopped by Ray, 
    Who scored a hoop on his very first play!

    Turnovers were even, both teams had four, 
    A thrill to see Ray run around–and score.
    Cs start Q2 down by two, 
    Because Joe Johnson did what he had to do.

    The crowd was quiet, nervous about what they did see, 
    Til a sigh of relief, Pietrus for three.
    Ray, three of five shooting, minutes, nine, 
    Hope there's no ankle swelling and he feels fine.

    No Josh Smith tonight, an energized Tracy McG, 
    Cs take back the lead on Rondo to KG.
    Halfway through Q2 again we see Ray, 
    Teague coast to coast, no one got in his way.

    No field goals, just free throws, for Captain Pierce,
    Til under two left Q2, he's still fierce.
    McG was on fire, then he got hurt, 
    Cs ended Q2, up 2, a 6-0 spurt.

    You know Doc told the Cs to go where there ain't
    Any Hawks bigs to stop them–in the paint!
    Rondo dribbled so long, seconds left til the pass, 
    Then hard to the hoop, good dunk by Bass.

    Q3 Rondo to KG, alley-oop, 
    Signs of energy for the Cs group!
    Seems his ankle was better so in came McG, 
    Cs have to be careful, turnovers Captain P.

    Under 5 left, Q3, again we saw Ray, 
    Just as the Hawks took the lead away.
    Bradley went to the locker room with a sore shoulder, 
    Relying on the experience of the Cs who are older.

    Hawks get layups with every pick and roll, 
    Cs need less dribbling, gotta go to the hole.
    They start Q4, the score's 60 to 58,
    Teague tied, Pietrus for three, Ray on the cut–great!

    Rondo to the hoop, Pierce for three, 
    Good steals and ball movement, especially great D.
    The Cs went on an 11-0 run,
    Though Teague kept getting his work done.

    11-0 run by the Hawks, 80 the tie, 
    Five minutes Cs no scoring, don't know why.
    14.9 left, 11th rebound for KG,
    Pierce with the miss, overtime we'll see.

    Rondo scored, stole the ball, slipped on a wet spot, 
    Pierce hard to the hoop, over Johnson he shot.
    Pierce turnover, KG got it, on the floor–timeout, 
    Doc had to tap the ref who didn't hear him shout!

    Hawks Johnson scored, going hard to the hoop, 
    Shot clock violations by the Cs group.
    1:00 left, foul on Pietrus, terrible call, 
    "Ball don't lie," Hawks' shots wouldn't fall.

    Huge minutes KG, Pierce, Rondo and Ray, 
    Phew! With Pietrus these guys saved the day!
    Love that our point guard causes all kind of trouble, 
    Tonight Rondo's  7th playoff triple double.

    At the end of each poem it is important to know, 
    Rondo double digit assist games, 26 in a row!

  • Lantrell Walker

    Grateful & happy we won, but I'd like to see the C's play with more urgency and energy coming out of the gate. Nonetheless, good win & welcome back Ray.

    #WeBelieveIn18

  • emg

    ..wouldn't be surprised if Pierce had the toe issue resurfacing. like he always had that part crab-human way about his movements but tonight seemed unusually awkward.

  • JR99

    A win is a loss if we lose Bradley to a shoulder injury. Gotta hope he's ok…. the whole season depends on it, imo.

  • ElRoz

    Glen Davis in his first three playoff games in Orlando: 18.7 ppg 9 rpg

    Brandon Bass must step up – the guy can score – Doc and Rondo need to run some plays for him: there is anotehr guys besides Pierce and KG out there – run something for Bass, please.

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

    It's gotten to the point that I expect every Pietrus shot to be a miss. Strange victory tonight, but isn't it cool how many different ways the C's can pull a victory out of their ass. Gotta love it.

  • ripsonics

    Love that we won…

    my only concern is minutes. ray, paul, kg played way too many minutes. It concerns me for deep into the playoffs.

    This team needs an easy win, And i think tonight we might have broken their spirits. I am hopeful that we come out gunning next game, and that Moore and Pavlovic get some PT so that ray paul and kevin get some much needed rest.

  • tbunny

    Weird game. No substitutions for the last 22 minutes of the game? What? Doc didn't want to put Sasha or Stiemsma in even for a couple minutes? Seems very weird.

    • The Cardinal

      My take: Doc figures it's not worth the risk because of the "iffiness" factor of using anyone beyond his best combo offensive and defensive players. Doc figures this is the playoffs and if we can't win with out best guys in the fourth quarter and overtime, then we'd almost certainly lose with anyone else in the game.

      • tbunny

        Doc said to them in a time out "We will not win this game by walking to the end". They visibly let up and Doc got on them. It's possible he said "And ya'll are going to run to the end, because I'm not taking you out". That's what it seemed like to me.

  • skeeds

    If 'm Doc, I'm calling out Bass in the media. He does this sometimes, with KG, with Rondo, anyone really. It's a sneaky move, talking shit about your guy to the press, but it's a good trick. And Doc is a good motivator. Right now he has to make it clear to Bass, nothing short of a double double and 2 trips to the line is enough. Period. 14-10 isn't much to ask from a guy his level (and size). He's the only one who can alleviate some of KG's burden, he needs to do it.

    I continue to have a huge appreciation for Pietrus's no-time-for-thinking-must-shoot-the-ball attitude. For a jumpshooting team, we really tend to torture the ball and pass on shots too often. MP takes a shot when he sees it, and that's the end of it. Even if half his shots are a "bad choice", they're good rhythm-wise. I really hope that attitude rubbed off on Bradley and Bass. They pass on looks so good that Pierce or Ray haven't seen for years.

    • Rav

      14 and 10 as the 5th option on a poor, slow-paced offensive team playing a solid defensive team in the playoffs actually is quite a bit to ask – only KG, Josh Smith, Bynum, and Duncan are averaging that right now. I feel that 11 & 7 is within his reach, though. He should definitely take more shots, and not be afraid to drive to the basket – he should should be shooting more FTs, for sure.

      • skeeds

        For a team like the Celtics, with really only 2 valid big men on the roster, 14 and 10 might be much, but it is necessary. The frustrating thing is that Bass is close to that, what's holding him back is lack of effort.
        5th option or 1st, he has both the shooting skills and the muscle to produce much more. He should be able to get to 14 points. He passes on too many shots and when a play is developing on the other side of the floor, he forgets to either get open, or position himself for a rebound.

  • Switcharoo

    Yeah what Skeeds said. Doc with the motivational smack talk reminds me of my boss, he does the same thing. I hope it works for Bass. I really want to see more ‘grit and balls’ on Sunday because if they can’t play without a hint of urgency than banner 18 ain’t gonna happen. However you can look at their attitude 1 of two ways, they are either bored or being methodical ; I like to believe its the latter.
    GO CELTICS!!!

  • CG12

    I was watching the game with no sound and was wondering where the heck Bradley was. You would think that somebody else could have played a minute or two of Q4. Especially after they almost acked up an 11 point lead with 6 minutes to go.

  • Sam

    Bradley had Teague for most of the time he was on the court. Teague had no problems with him.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Thats what I thought too.

      • http://clarkwalkerstudio.com Luke Walker

        I agree as well – Bradley's defense has been (and is) phenomenal…. but with that said it's almost scary how easily Teague seems to be able to break away from it. The kid seems like he's starting to put it together for them.

        • red

          I have to disagree Bradley is required to fight over more screens than any guard in the league, and yet he still manages to play great defense. If anyone looks at the game film they will see that Bradley is forced to run through screens the full lenght of the court. I think he is the only guard in the league who is screened so much. This screening does limit the opposing teams offensive options, and so benefits the C's defense

  • I_Love_Green

    Bottom line, we need a better effort going forward. That was difficult to watch.

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