Welcome to the 3rd seed!
The Celtics played a solid game for about 3 quarters before collapsing over the final 12 minutes in Atlanta.
How bad was the 4th quarter? The Cs scored 15 points on 29% shooting.
Atlanta killed the Celtics on the boards (52-38). They had 14 offensive rebounds. Zaza Pachulia (15 points, 10 rebounds) was a huge thorn.
I was not pleased that Doc left KG on the bench for 6 minutes in the 4th. Atlanta was dominating the boards as Garnett watched from the bench. KG played just 27 minutes. Would another 3 minutes have killed him?
Glen Davis was awful. Flat out awful. 9 points, 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. He was 0-5 in the 4th quarter with two big misses from the FT line. It's really not Glen's fault because he's not a 35 minute per game player.
The Celtics missed a ton of shots in the paint. 5-footers and layups just kept rolling off the rim.
Delonte West played a solid game. He had 10 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
There were a couple of skirmishes. Paul Pierce pushed Joe Johnson after a hard foul. Jermaine O'Neal and Pachulia had to be separated.