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Your Morning Dump… Celtics draw Hawks in 1st round


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What remains to be decided is where the series will open. As Atlantic Division champions, the Celtics will be the No. 4 seed, but home-court advantage is determined by overall record, meaning the No. 5 Hawks can still host the series. In fact, Atlanta (38-26) owns a 1-game advantage over Boston (37-27) with two games to go. The Celtics are aided slightly by owning the tie-breaker in the event the two teams finish the season with matching records. 

The remaining schedules: 

Boston: Heat (4/24), Bucks (4/26) 
Atlanta: Clippers (4/24), Mavericks (4/26) 

By sending out a junior varsity lineup on Friday night in a head-to-head matchup with Atlanta, the Celtics have essentially stated they don't care who lands home-court advantage, preferring to err on the side or rest and health over opening the series in Boston. That said, it will be interesting to see how hard both sides push over the last two games with a chance to aid their cause both at the start of the series and in a potential Game 7. 

ESPN Boston - Lock it in, Celtics vs Hawks

Go for it, Doc. You can pull off home court w/o overextending your key guys.

Pierce, KG and Rondo will have had 5 full days of rest since last hitting the court (Wed vs ORL). I'm betting we see all three vs Miami on Tuesday. The Heat won't play D-Wade (dislocated finger) and Mario Chalmers (flu). Erik Spoelstra could sit LeBron, who played 36 minutes yesterday. 

The Clippers are still fighting for playoff seeding in the West, so they won't lie down vs Atlanta. If the Hawks beat LA  on Tuesday, then Doc can pack it in and rest his starters in the season finale vs Milwaukee. 

Looking ahead to the playoffs, Al Horford is close to returning. He's missed 3 1/2 months with a torn pectoral muscle. 

Related links: ESPN Boston – Celtics coasting down stretch run | Herald – Celtics don't mind getting some rest

On Page 2, Sean Williams is brilliant smart.

“I talked to everyone,’’ Rivers said when asked whether he contacted NBA people who knew Williams. “I talked to nine coaches, assistant coaches, ex-players who played with him, because my locker room is unbelievable and I don’t want to bring in anyone, even if it was for five days, that’ll upset that.

“The one thing they all say is that he’s not just smart, he’s brilliant smart, but he does dumb things and we have to get him away from that, and [to] just being a ballplayer. That’s what he has to view himself as, and if he can do that, he has a chance.’’

Globe – Sean Williams gets second chance

Brilliant smart or not, Sean Williams must have some serious issues if he can't stick in a league desperate for big men. Hell, Eddy Curry still has a job.

The good news… the signing of Williams is low risk, high reward. 

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Video: C's by the numbers | Sports Media: NBA TV to produce own playoff telecasts, ending simulcasts of local coverage

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  • Luc Longley, Herb Williams,and Rony Seikaly would be forces down low with NBA bigs that are out there right now.

  • So no mike & tommy in 1st round??????????????

  • classless

    I’m looking forward to playing 7 consecutive home games vs. Atlanta

  • Dustin Chapman

    Where were you in 2008? To quote KG, “we knew [Atlanta] was gonna have a crowd, but we didn’t know they were gonna have a CROWD…”

  • Yes, they will be there. This pertains to games aired on NBA TV.

  • You may just be remembering the end of his career with the Knicks, but Herb Williams was a good player in any era.

  • agreed he was good, I remember him in the early 80’s So was LL, Rony but they would be killing in today NBA because they could score down low they are no Ewing, david, cheifs, Eaton’s or dreams. but all 3 of would be a top ten center in the leauge right now. the 80,s and 90’s other than Shaq is last time we have seen Great Centers

  • Strange way of doing things.
    Why didn’t they just make the rule to give the division leader no lower than 5th, if that’s what it actually is?
    Why have everybody display Philly and then the C’s at 4th all along, when some of the time they were actually 5th?
    What was the point in saying they were 4th whenever they weren’t actually 4th?
    Is this really some sort of silly transition? Slowly brainwashing the NBA fanbase to accept a playoff structure without division leaders mattering anymore? When has the NBA ever cared about doing things gradually like that? I mean this isn’t even an on-court, game rules and mechanics type thing.