Found May 08, 2012 on
The Celtics are on the brink of eliminating the Atlanta Hawks from the playoffs so, unsurprisingly, C's fans are pretty optimistic about the team's chances. With three tries at closing out Atlanta before turning their attention to the Chicago-Philadelphia winner, Doc Rivers and the Celtics will have their work cut out for them against a team with its back against the wall. Additionally, Al Horford has returned to the Hawks lineup and may be hoping to turn the tide of the series. Celtics writer Ben Watanabe hosted a Twitter Q&A session Tuesday afternoon to discuss some of the problems...

Doc Rivers Game 4 pregame interview

via Chris Forsberg

Ray Allen “the healthiest” of Boston’s banged-up players, says Doc Rivers

In three days, Ray Allen has gone from walking sideways to “the healthiest” of Boston’s banged-up players. (ESPN Boston)“Everyone is going to play, I think,” Rivers said before the team’s morning shootaround at the arena. “Ray feels good, he’s probably the healthiest right now. Avery has to be feeling better because he got through the game with no injury, so that’s...

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 unsure about Game 5 status after surprise postseason debut

Al Horford made a surprise appearance in Game 4, but wasn’t sure if he would be healthy enough to play again in Game 5.“We’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” he said. “Either way I’m going to be supporting the team. If I can play I will. If not, then I’ll be there to support them like I have all year.”Horford’s Game 4 stat line of 12 points, five rebounds and six of...

Boston Celtics all participated in shootaround

When Ray Allen originally returned, Doc Rivers cautioned that he might need some games off for maintenance at some point in the playoffs. But he’s responded well to the rigors of the NBA playoffs to this point, and his ankle only seems to be getting stronger.I guess the question I’m asking is: Should we trust Ray’s ankle at this point? Or did I just jinx everything to hell...

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 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...

Smith, Horford return for Atlanta in Game 4

BOSTON (AP) -- Center Josh Smith and forward Al Horford are back for Game 4 of the Atlanta Hawks' first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. Smith missed Game 3 with a strained tendon in his left knee but was in the starting lineup. Horford, who had not played since Jan. 11 with a torn left pectoral muscle, came off the bench. The Celtics had Ray Allen back for...

Is there really any reason to worry?

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...

Celtics' Defensive Effort Draws Most Praise After Scoring Spree, Boding Well for Rest of Series and Beyond

With every basket, the Celtics' shooting percentage got a little more ridiculous and the Hawks sank deeper into disbelief. It seemed as though the Celtics simply could not miss in Game 4. When the proceedings had mercifully wrapped up, however, it was not the Celtics' scoring that was mentioned first. The breakout game by Boston's offense was a byproduct of their defense...

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. [...]

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 [...]

Comments from the other side - Hawks Game 4 5/6

Great win by the Celtics and an inspired performance by the Captain, which inspired the Hawks fans to spew hate and threats in his direction.   Between trashing their own players and wishing injury and death on Celtics players, the Hawks fans are a pretty bitter bunch.  And when all else fails,  blame the refs.  I'll just never understand fans wishing serious injury on players...
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