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The Celtics tried climbing out of a hole throughout this hole game. They played without energy and were flat in their shooting. This allowed Atlanta to cruise to a game one victory, 83-74. Remembering all of this before the soon to be infamous call is important because the Celtics played awful in this game and deserved to lose.
Continuing on how poorly the Celtics played before we analyze the call, the Celtics at one point had Rondo with more points than Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett combined with Brandon Bass without a field goal attempt. They lacked ball movement and every shot was hitting the front rim. Clearly the Celtics left their energy in Boston in the first half.
In the second half, the Celtics did a much better job defensively which helped bring this game close enough for Boston to sneak away with a game on victory, considering how they were playing. If Boston continues to rotate poorly on perimeter shooters in Atlanta, they will not win this series. Kudos to the ...
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Paul Pierce has been going off. Avery Bradley looks really comfortable. And the Celtics and Hawks have been locked in a a tight game so far.
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Add another name to the ever-expanding list of Kevin Garnett’s critics. Hawks rookie forward Ivan Johnson became the latest to join the chorus this afternoon after Hawks practice.
“Garnett, he’s a dirty player,” Johnson said. “He gives me a lot of elbows and I can handle that.”
Johnson said he expected that Garnett and the Celtics would attempt to do things...
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Boston Celtics (0-1) at Atlanta Hawks (1-0)
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
7:30 PM ET
Round 1 Game #2, Road Game #2
TV: NBA-TV, CSNNE, FSSO, TSN
Radio: WEEI, WCNN
Referees: Scott Foster, Ed Malloy, Scott Wall
The Celtics come into this game short handed. With Rondo out, they are missing their engine. Others will have to step up their game to make...