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Game Five: Celtics (3-1) @ Hawks (1-3) Open Thread

 

Game 5
Celtics @ Hawks
8:00 PM EST
TNT/CSNNE
Philips Arena

Playoff Offensive Efficiency
Atlanta: 86.4 points per 100 possessions (16th)
Boston: 94.3 points per 100 possessions (12th)

Playoff Defensive Efficiency
Boston:
86.4 points allowed per 100 possessions (1st)
Atlanta: 94.3 points allowed per 100 possessions (5th)

Probable Hawks Starters: Jeff Teague (PG), Joe Johnson (SG), Marvin Williams (SF), Josh Smith (PF), Al Horford (C).

Injury Report: Paul Pierce has a sore knee, Avery Bradley is dealing with his still tender separated shoulder, Mickael Pietrus had a hamstring injury in Game 4, and Ray Allen is suffering from his usual ankle issues.

For the Hawks, Al Horford and Josh Smith are both expected to play.

View From The Opposing Bench: Hoopinion

Thumbnail: On Sunday night, the Celtics made a Marquis Daniels, Mickael Pietrus, Keyon Dooling, Greg StiemsmaKevin Garnett lineup the third most used five-man unit that Doc Rivers chose to go with, and it didn’t come after the blow out. These five guys took the floor at the end of the first quarter and into the second, with the game’s outcome still in play.

I write about this because it highlights just how banged up this Celtics team is right now. Pierce, Allen, Bradley, and Pietrus are the ones with injuries we know about, and Garnett and Stiemsma are hurting, but not injured. I’d expect all of them to play tonight, but the tough situation Rivers has been dealt shouldn’t be overlooked. Managing minutes in a playoff game is beyond difficult. Playing to win tonight’s game while simultaneously looking ahead to the next one can be a borderline impossible task, yet Rivers has somehow thrived under pressure.

Tonight the Celtics face a Hawks team that appears to have used up its last bits of energy and will during Game 3. If the Celtics come out strong early and manage to hold a consistent five, six point lead throughout the first half, expect Atlanta to eventually lay down. They aren’t the better team, and right now they’re playing like it.

Prediction: Celtics 90, Hawks 82

Twitter: @ShakyAnkles

  • Josh

    YEEEEEYA! Go get it boys!

  • I_Love_Green

    It would be SO huge if we could close them out tonight. That would give us an extra 2-3 days of rest, and with all the injuries we have right now that rest would be warmly welcomed.

    Tonight is the night to send the Hawks home! Lets gooooooo Celtics!!!

    • ElRoz

      yes…and I hope the Bulls can win at home and extend the series while the C's try to close out tonight. If they can or cannot, an extra game between Bulls-Sixers will be good.

  • yeah

    Celtics gonna Celtic

  • CelticsBIG3

    It would be nice to get it tonight, and even have Chicago edge one more game out against Philly 2nite… As long as Philly still gets the series.

    • yeah

      Spencer Hawes though. I'd almost rather see the Bulls in their current condition.

      • CelticsBIG3

        The beauty part of facing Philly is the second round homecourt advantage. But it's good and bad. The odds of the Bulls mounting a comeback from down 3-1 are not good, plus Noah will most likely be back in action at some point during a Bulls – Celtics series. I'm much more fearful of Noah's abilities in comparison to Spencer Hawes.

        • yeah

          Oh wow I didn't even know Noah was out. Finals interfering with my basketballness

    • ElRoz

      yes…what I'm thinking as well.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Joe Johnson and the Hawks don't seem to enthusiastic about a win tonight. Sheesh. I don't think I've ever heard a player talk this way.
    http://www.csnne.com/basketball-boston-celtics/ce

  • ripsonics

    Must end tonight, without question.

    I would like the bulls-sixers game to go longer than 5, but also dont want chicago to get an ideas about advancing into the next round. We'll see what shakes out tonight.

    Go C's

  • someguyinsac

    I'm hoping for the same intensity in this game that they had in Sundays game. Stick with the killer instinct and send the Hawks on summer vacation tonight.

  • hdavenport

    Basically a neutral crowd.

  • noche

    I'm hoping that I can come back here in a few hours after a great C's victory and be able to read an overly excited Janos post.

    WE ARE ALL RONDOS!

  • hdavenport

    Was anyone looking for evidence that Rondo's gunning for 10 assists?

  • skeeds

    KG for threeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…….. KABOOM!

  • Ryan DeGama

    Celtics seem primed to play about half a good game tonight. That might be enough.

  • I_Love_Green

    My goodness what an odd end to the half.

    Four straight threes to end it for the Hawks, and then a buzzer beater three from Rondo?

  • someguyinsac

    The Hawks are fighting for their lives and I hope the Celtics take the fight out of them in the second half.

  • tomrod

    Rondo coasting. Gotta finish em now!

  • I_Love_Green

    We forgot how to play defense….and offense. This one is going down the drain fast.

  • tomrod

    game 6 here we go

  • jamie

    absolutely no defense in the 3rd. Hollins has no business on the floor. Ever.

  • hansgruber

    Of course they're gonna tank it in the second half. I already had a feeling they weren't gonna win this before everyone was picking the Hawks to win.

  • tomrod

    game 6 not gonna be easy now. Atlanta in full force, this was the game to win.

  • tomrod

    wow…

    • hdavenport

      wow!

      • someguyinsac

        I'll see your two wows and raise you all another!

  • hdavenport

    holy hollins

  • someguyinsac

    Love Ray, just got to figure out how to keep him for next year no matter how this one turns out.

    (Of course we'll be getting Banner 18 this year, right?)

  • tomrod

    rayraytime

  • tomrod

    no timeouts. duh

    • CelticsBIG3

      We definitely had a timeout there didn't we?

  • I_Love_Green

    Why waste you're energy getting that steal if you're just going to dribble around stupidly like that and then turn it over? Good job Rondo, you never cease to surprise me with wowing me and then pulling something shitty like that.

    Oh and nice air ball Pierce. I'm sure that was the best shot we could've gotten too at the time.

    Really nice effort for 17 total minutes tonight guys. Looked like you wanted that rest badly.

  • someguyinsac

    Well that ending sucked and yes, it's an understatement.

  • ElRoz

    Rondo really doesn't have too much confidence in his shot…or in his lay-up abilities. Can you blame him? How many layups have we seen him blow in big games year after year?

    The C's have to come back and get game 6 – it must start with defense and continue with defense; no shootouts.

  • CelticsBIG3

    I'm pretty sure we had a 20 second timeout?

  • I_Love_Green

    With the combination of Pierce's knee and Horford returning, I'm now scared of an epic collapse.

  • tomrod

    Yeah, frustrating, that with little effort it still came down to an airball and a TO to lose. Bad game, but guys were exausted. I expect a good game from them in game 6. Maybe not a blowout but they will be better than Atlanta.

    Atlanta in full force now, no excuses. Game 6 is where its at.

  • janos

    All this mean ;celtics win, on home garden. So thank you dummies now watch us have party,

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