Posted by Ryan DeGama on Mar 8, 2013
Full grades are on the way after another wild Celtics win.
Atlanta managed to take us to over-time (another one!), but the C's thoroughly out-classed the Hawks in the clutch department down the stretch.
That's a little unfair. We out-clutched them in the last 2 minutes of OT, but the Hawks were clutch as hell to tie the game and get back into it and actually led in OT, too.
Wild win, insanely exciting.
Atlanta never EVER does what you expect it to. After losing their last 3 road games, it would be easy to think that they'd fold coming into a home court that's seen 8 straight Celtics wins. And down by 12 with 6 minutes to go, they proceed to make it a ridiculously tough game.
Both teams had stretches of the clutch and then of the head-slapping variety, that's true. Atlanta was gritty. Yes we fell behind a bit, but we cut out our rash of turnovers before OT, if I remember correctly.
Teams that meet up in the playoffs a lot and go through intense battles seem to find an even playing field most times they meet, even if it's just a random regular season game and one team's been hot, the other cold. They just get up for each other. Long memories. Which reminds me… Miami on the horizon on the 18th. Sunday against OKC should be very interesting too.