This is completely wild speculation based on a scenario that I don't believe will transpire….
But…. I'm a jerk… so here goes….
IF the Celtics happen to lose to the Hawks here…. would anyone be the least bit surprised to see Mike D'Antoni coaching the Celtics next year? I mean… there's no way Doc would survive a first round exit (even though it wouldn't be entirely his fault)…. and D'Antoni has had reasonable success with a style Danny Ainge likes in a much tougher conference that just so happened to include Tim Duncan every year.
Now… I fully expect the C's to not only win this series… but also to win it all…. so I think the point is moot. But since D'Antoni will be out there… I wouldn't be surprised if Danny's thinking about "all the possibilites" that exist for the Celtics.
There… I said it. We may now resume focusing on the Hawks.