Found May 08, 2012 on Celtics Town:
For four games Joe Johnson played mostly small forward and the Hawks actively sought out ways to avoid their biggest mismatch. Now they finally plan to start Johnson at shooting guard, which begs the question: Why the hell didn’t they do this from the opening tip-off in Game 1?“Oh, Joe Johnson can probably post up Avery Bradley whenever he wants? Let’s start Kirk Hinrich so Paul Pierce can defend Johnson instead. And when Hinrich goes to the bench, let’s bring in Willie Green so we continue to escape our one biggest advantage,” Drew may or may not have said dozens of times during the first 101 minutes of this series.I almost understand why. Drew has no trust in Marvin Williams, so moving Johnson to shooting guard became a little tougher. But still. Johnson abusing Bradley in the post was Atlanta’s biggest hope to win this series. Didn’t Drew see what everyone else did?When this series started, my largest fear was, “Damn it, Johnson’s a tank down low and Bradley — even if he’s one ...

Drew's new-school approach steadies Hawks

Some coaches might have put their teams through a grueling practice. Or a humiliating video session, calling out players mistake by mistake. Or they might have done a little of both and screamed and yelled. Not Larry Drew. Drew might be 54, but he is new school. He's also been around the NBA forever as a player and a long-time assistant and now in his second season as a head...

Horford leads Hawks over Celtics in first start

ATLANTA Al Horford wasn't feeling any pain. Maybe it was the adrenaline. Or possibly he was numb. Most likely he was still in shock. Some how, some way, the young Atlanta Hawks center shrugged off the rustiness and steadied his legs and found the breath to grind and battle the Boston Celtics for 41 minutes. And the Hawks needed all of Horford's seconds and every one of...

Al Horford Will Only Become More of a Problem for Celtics As Series Keeps Going

For the first three games of the series, the Celtics saw only a partial version of the Atlanta Hawks. That version of the Hawks had ridden the improved play of Josh Smith, the consistency of Joe Johnson and a breakout campaign by Jeff Teague to the top half of the Eastern Conference playoff standings, but they were without their biggest core piece. And we mean "biggest"...

Hawks shake up lineup for Game 5

Larry Drew is moving Kirk Hinrich and Jason Collins to the bench. I expected Al Horford to start. Even if he's still rusty, Horford is a better option than Collins. Marvin Williams is shooting 21% in this series. I'm guessing Drew wants him to defend Paul Pierce? This switch will put either Rajon Rondo or Avery Bradley on Joe Johnson.  Desperate times call for desperate...

It's Time to Break Up the Atlanta Hawks

For almost five years, people have waited and waited for the Atlanta Hawks to become a team that can compete for a title. All of the young talent has been in place for a while. Back in the NBA's 2007-'08 season, the Hawks made a big statement by pushing the eventual champion Boston Celtics to seven games in the first round of the playoffs that year. That was supposed to be...

Comments from the other side - Hawks Game 5 5/8

Hawks fans were slightly more civil in this game than they were the previous game.  At least no one was wishing death or aids on anyone. But then again, their team wasn't getting blown out in this one.   I can't help but think that it was a big mistake for the Celtics to give the Hawks confidence.  They are getting healthier and now they have confidence they can beat the...

Hawks hold off Celtics to stay alive in Game 5

ATLANTA (AP) -- Al Horford scored 19 points in his first start since January, and the Atlanta Hawks held on for an 87-86 victory over the Boston Celtics in a thrilling Game 5 of the Eastern Conference playoffs Tuesday night. The Celtics lead the series 3-2 heading back to Boston for Game 6 on Thursday. If the Hawks can steal one on the road, the deciding game would be Saturday in...

Celtics Can’t Close Out Series, Lose To Atlanta Hawks 87-86

  Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew pulled the right strings by inserting Marvin Williams and Al Horford in to the starting lineup as every starter for Atlanta scored at least 13 points in their game five victory over the Boston Celtics 87-86 which cuts the series lead to 3-2 in favor of the Celtics. Altanta [...]

10.9 Comments for the Final 10.9 Seconds in Atlanta

With just over ten seconds on the clock and the Boston Celtics trailing by one; Atlanta Hawks forward, Josh Smith searched the court for a teammate to inbound the ball to... 1. The Celtics have no time outs left with ten seconds on the clock. If Doc Rivers is playing for the steal, he should have his best catch-and-shoot player, scratch that, the league's best catch-and...

Atlanta survives wild fourth to stay alive: ATL: 87 BOS: 86

Both teams traded double digit leads in this game. The Boston Celtics in the second quarter and the Atlanta Hawks in the third. Neither team enjoyed such a lead in the fourth as the teams traded punches and the game was never far from a one or two possession game for very long. Both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett scored 16 points for Boston but Al Horford, playing for the second...

Al Holford makes a way for the Hawks to defeat the Boston Celtics 87-86

ATLANTA –The Atlanta Hawks played the injury card to their advantage by semi-surprising the Celtics with Al Holford’s return in Game 4. Please click the link below to read this article and watch a recap video.

Rajon Rondo rocks Vinnie Styles in post game press conference following game 5 loss to Hawks

The Boston Celtics weren’t able to close out the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night to move on to the second round of the playoffs. Al Horford in only his second game back from injury since January was amazing for the Hawks with a double-double, scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds plus making several key plays. [...]

Hawks 87, Celtics 86: Atlanta extends the series to Game 6

Three different times during tonight’s Game 4, I exhibited the Boston Celtics’ lifeless bodies and properly identified them as deceased. Three different times they jumped straight out of the coffin doing the Bernie and making quick comebacks. But the Celtics could not get a shot off on the final possession after Rajon Rondo improbably stole an inbounds pass to give them a last...

Celtics look to close out series - Hawks try to stay alive

Boston Celtics (3-1) at Atlanta Hawks (1-3) Tuesday, May 8, 2012 8:00 PM ET Round 1, Game #5, Road Game #3 TV:  TNT, CSNNE, FSSO, TSN2 Radio:  WEEI Philips Arena Referees:  Dan Crawford, David Jones, Tom Washington The Celtics could close this series out with a win in this game.  The prospect of getting some rest before facing either the Sixers or the Bulls should be...

Hawks Narrowly Avoid Elimination In Game 6

Faced with a “win or stay home” scenario, the Atlanta Hawks nearly handed the Boston Celtics a win but hung in to earn a 87-86 victory in Atlanta.
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