Celtics (26-9) at Hawks (23-12)
Game time: 7:30pm, TD Garden. TV – CSN, NBATV. Radio – WEEI-AM (850).
Bos: Pierce – 18.2 Hawks: Joe Johnson – 20.8
Bos: Perkins – 8.2 Hawks: Al Horford – 9.8
Bos: Rondo – 9.7 Hawks: Johnson – 4.9
Who'll go off: Rasheedondo. How's that for a made up tandem nick-name? It's time for Sheed and Rondo to finally play well against the Hawks. The duo combined to average 16.5 points in the two losses to Atlanta.
Who needs to be stopped: Jamal Crawford. Will somebody on the Celtics please man up and say "Enough is enough" with this guy? He scored 14 of his 18 points in the 4th quarter of Friday night's 93-85 win in Atlanta.
The C's will lose if… They let Atlanta push them around. The Hawks were far and away more aggressive and more physical in the last game. The Celtics bigs (Perk, Sheed and BBD) need to match the intensity of Josh Smith and Al Horford.
Miscellaneous: Five Hawks have averaged at least 14.0 points in the two games versus
Boston, led by Crawford and Joe Johnson at 18.0. The Hawks lost by 39 Saturday night in Orlando.
Prediction: Celtics 104 – Hawks 99 (same prediction from Friday night)