I'll admit that I've felt a little bit bummed out all morning about last night's loss. The Celtics had the Hawks on the ropes, and they had chance after chance to put the game, and the series, away last night. If Pierce makes his last shot attempt, the Celtics probably win. If Rondo goes up the middle after his steal, the Celtics might've won. Also, why the hell did Ryan Hollins play 19 minutes?
Al Horford's performance last night worries me too. The last thing the Celtics need is a legitimate big man to contend with and Horford made them pay last night.
But then I look around the league and see that, there's still not that much to worry about. It feels like a big loss for the Celtics, but that's an overreaction. It would've been great to finish off Atlanta and get our players some rest, but the fact remains that eliminating a team in the playoffs is still a very difficult thing to do, especially on the road.
The Celtics weren't the only team holding a 3-1 lead going into last night...