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Game 43: Celtics (20-22) @ Hawks (24-18) Open Thread

http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/img/photos/2012/08/10/e4/19/rondo-bump_1373293a.jpgBoston at Atlanta
7:30 P.M. ET
Philips Arena


Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 99.8 points/100 possessions (22nd)
101.4 points/100 possessions (16th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.3 points allowed/100 possessions (7th)
 100.6 points allowed/100 possessions (9th)

Probable Hawks Starters:
Jeff Teague (PG), DeShawn Stevenson (SG), Kyle Korver (SF), Josh Smith (PF), and Ivan Johnson (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: HawksHoop

Thumbnail: It is plain and simple: Rajon Rondo needs help. On Thursday, he registered his 27th career triple-double, including the playoffs. However, the Celtics have now lost three out of the last five games in which Rondo has gone for a triple-double after having a 21-1 record in his first 22. Part of the problem is Boston’s inability to make open shots. As evidenced by their loss to the Knicks, the Celtics once again could not hit the broad side of a barn. They shot worse than 41% from the field for the third consecutive game, tying their worst three-game stretch in the Kevin Garnett era.

After Thursday’s loss at TD Garden, the Celtics then arrived in Atlanta very early on Friday morning. The last time they did this, January 5th, was after a 94-75 Boston victory over the Indiana Pacers. The Celtics were able to come back against the Hawks and win their second in a row, which then was a part of a season-best six-game winning streak. Now though, the Celtics are hoping to stop a season-worst five-game losing skid.

Fortunately for Boston, Atlanta’s roster is thin right now due to injuries. After losing Lou Williams, their third best scorer, to a season-ending torn ACL in his right knee, the Hawks also might be without Al Horford (calf, hamstring), Zaza Pachulia (Achilles), and Devin Harris (ankle) for Friday’s game. While the Celtics are 5-5 on the second night of back-to-backs this season, not many people can trust them because of their recent play. Boston’s offensive efficiency and three-point percentage continues to fall, which in turn has led to many losses.

Prediction: The Celtics do not have enough to beat the hobbled Hawks. Boston’s losing streak extends to six games, their longest since April 2007.

Hawks 96, Celtics 90

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  • IBleedGreen

    Why am I not surprised the last play was PP iso and he would miss the shot?

    • Vince

      When PP is 40 DOc will still call iso plays for him at the end of games. It's not 2009, Doc, and PP was -30 tonight!

      • elroz

        major..and repetitive brain fart by Doc when the game is on the line…. PP and PP and PP..and no score, no score, no score…

  • Nate teh Great

    Seriously? Why does Doc Rivers still have a job? He is not the coach for this team. Please stop blaming the players and making stupid statements like: "they're just not getting it."

    There is no "it" to get! Sometimes you have to change your coaching philosophy to fit the team you have. Doc has consistently shown that he is incapable of this.

    Also… Trade Rondo.

  • Danny

    Well if this isn’t rock bottom I don’t know what is. Can we all just admit this team is terrible. I’m sorry Paul I love you dude and I hate to be the one to tell you this but your not good enough to go one on one with josh smith anymore. It’s not 2005 anymore or even 2010. It’s 2013 and this team is finished. The celtics are dead and it absolutely crushes me to say it. I loved every minute of the last 6 years but the run has finally ended.

  • GowGow

    I'm too frustrated to even say anything about this game.

  • High Rollers

    When the Apocalypse comes and the world is in flames, undoubtedly I will sit back in awe at all the plastic, melting.

    P.S. This is not the Apocalypse.

    • High Rollers

      I do admit the C's did a pretty good impression of the plastic in the third. I was very mad.

      • High Rollers

        Okay, and the fourth. But by then it was a moot point. I bet Rondo slept about five minutes last night, this morning.

        I pretty much melt like plastic after an all-nighter myself.

  • tbunny

    I have to say the outcome of this game was so unsurprising to me it didn't even bother me. Of course they would give up a 20 point lead, then an 8 point lead, go to overtime, go to double overtime. I was barely even watching it was so predictable.

    Is anyone who watches this team surprised they gave up a 20 point lead in about 3 minutes? NOT SURPRISING. They looked absolutely comatose in the third quarter. I thought Doc should have told them he's not calling any more time outs and basically said "I'll let you guys figure this game out amongst yourselves".

    That said, I still don't believe this team is dead. And people have been saying Pierce is finished every January for at least four years.

    • hydrofluoric

      Hahaha so true!

      And yeah, I'm laughing, because at this point God knows I'm beyond being surprised by anything bad the Celtics do. There were plenty of bright spots and the fact we were in this on night 2 of the B2B is good enough by me.

  • Danny

    Hey how do you give up a 27 point lead. I dunno maybe stop doing all of the things that built that lead and decide to launch mid range jumper after mid range jumper throw the ball away not play d let Jeff Teague go to the rack at will and Kyle korver launch a million threes. That’s some great coaching and veteran basketball right there. This team sucks I can’t even remember the last time I was this mad. Prolly not since we lost in the finals. This game was the straw that broke the camels back for me. This celtics team officially sucks.

  • elroz

    I feel bad for KG – he gives a great effort… but his team is slime. He feels like he is in Minnesota again.

  • elroz

    No way KG comes back next year… this bunch of players is a waste of space.

    Popovich has done much more with aging Duncan, Parker, and Ginobli… and a bunch of average players around them. SA has less talent than Boston, and they play MUCH BETTER….