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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics at Hawks Game 5

Chuck - Red's Army May 8, 2012 Previews, Uncategorized 5 Comments

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The Matchup

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Record: 3-1 Record: 1-3
On road: 1-1 At home: 1-1
Streak: Won 3 Streak: Lost 3
    Leaders  Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (23.3 ppg) Buckets: Joe Johnson (17.8 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (10.5 rpg) Boards: Josh Smith (14.3 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (13.0 apg) Dimes: Smith (4.7 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks: 
Offensive Rating: 95.7 (12th in playoffs) Offensive Rating: 88.6 (16th in playoffs)
Defensive Rating: 88.6 (1st) Defensive Rating: 95.7 (5th)
Pace: 89.6 (7th) Pace: 89.6 (7th)

Last time

The Celtics lead the series 3-1. Only 8 teams in league history have won a series after trailing 3-1.

This time

Get it to: Rajon Rondo

Let the Maestro do his thing. He's got the Hawks heads spinning on just about every possession. 

Gotta stop: Jeff Teague

Teague was very effective in Games 1-3 (18 ppg), but the Celtics slowed him down in Game 4 (7 points). Gotta limit his penetration. I'm tired of seeing him drop that floater in the paint.

The Wild Card: Al Horford

After missing 4 months with a pectoral injury, Al Horford looked out-of-sync in 20 minutes of action Sunday night. He's a major upgrade over Jason Collins. The Celtics will have to respect his mid-range jumper. Plus, he can run on the break, provided his legs are there.  

 

How we see it goin' down

The Celtics have all the momentum and the Hawks spirits are not high. But least we forget, this Celtics team doesn't always slam the door on teams. Remember the two seven-game series in 2008? In 2010, the Celtics were unable to sweep the Heat and Magic despite leading both series 3-0. 

ATL 89 BOS 81

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  • Mike

    Ahh yes, the classic reverse jinx. Like your strategy, but I don’t believe for a second you guys aren’t betting the C’s tonight.

  • Jared

    3 game win streak for the Celtics

  • Quest

    Hoping c’s can reverse the trend as they will need a rest before the next playoff series. But it will be a “bar fight” to the end.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c Chuck

    My bad. Good catch.

  • Rondo To KG

    Celtics got this one. Sounds to me like the Hawks are ready to lay down and die based on that other quote. Just come out strong and I don’t think Atlanta will have the willpower to recover.