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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Hawks

Chuck - Red's Army January 25, 2013 Gametime, Previews 18 Comments

Tip: 7:30PM     Court:Philips Arena     Watch it:CSNNE    Hear it: WEEI

Referees: Ken Mauer, Tony Brown & Eric Dalen

Spread: ATL -5.0, O/U: 185.5

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The Matchup

Record: 20-22 Record: 24-18
On road: 7-13 At home: 14-7
Streak: Lost 5 Streak: Won 2
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.9 ppg) Buckets: Josh Smith (16.7 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.1 rpg) Boards: Al Horford (11.0 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (11.1 apg) Dimes: Jeff Teague (6.7 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 101.9 (27th NBA) Offensive Rating: 103.8 (19th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 103.2 (6th NBA) Defensive Rating: 103.3 (9th NBA)
Pace: 91.3 (20th NBA) Pace: 91.5 (18th NBA)

Last time

In one of the few games I’ve missed this season, the Celtics beat the Hawks, 89-81, earlier this month. Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 26 points in the 3rd quarter as the Celtics fought back from a 15-point halftime deficit.

This time

Get it to:  Kevin Garnett

He rebounded well against the Knicks, but managed just 8 points on 9 shots. I want Garnett to be more assertive on offense, especially if the Hawks top big men are banged up (see Wildcard below).

Gotta stop: Josh Smith

The man many Celtics fans covet is coming off a 30 point, 13 rebound, 8 assist performance vs Charlotte on Wednesday.

The Wild Card:  Hawks injuries

Three key players are listed as questionable; Al Horford (hamstring), Zaza Pachulia (Achilles), and Devin Harris (ankle). The trio missed Wednesday night’s game vs Charlotte. Harris isn’t much of an impact player, but the loss of Horford and/or Zaza could be significant.

How we see it goin’ down

Despite a weak crowd, the Hawks are playing well at home and the Celtics blow on the road. Atlanta wants to avenge the Jan. 5th debacle in Boston, while the Celtics look like a puppy who’s tired of getting kicked.

The Celtics haven’t lost 6 in a row since April 2007. That’s how far this team has sunk. They are approaching ineptitude we haven’t seen since the pre-KG years.

I wish I could say the Green will stop the skid in Atlanta, but I fear tonight’s game is just another shovel load of dirt tossed on the coffin.

Hawks 97

Celtics 90

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  • Curt

    Sorry Chuck, you’re wrong about the outcome. The Celtics are going to make us proud tonight.

  • Jaybahs

    Thank God you picked them to lose …

  • Noori

    I predict a win tonight, the Phillips Arena is essentially all Boston fans, and the injuries are just too devastating for the Hawks to matchup with the Celtics.

    However if we do lose this game, my God the fallout will be insane!

  • http://driveittothemoon.com/ Lee in Oregon

    “Another load of dirt tossed on the coffin”?………they oughta hang that on the bulletin board.

    • KGino

      +1 … don’t forget how many articles they’ve posted regarding their “Rise from the Dead”.. they have some sort of morbid/zombie obsession here at RedsArmy hahaha

  • VERDE17

    I think our wild card should be the hawks GM, for snitching on Rondo!! Rondo attacks the basket!! But then again I hope he doesn’t do anything stupid, we all know he get into trouble in Atlanta! We got to win tonight cuz it won’t be any easier on Sunday!! Uncle Jeff is do for a good game!!

  • terlo

    PP should rest a game

  • eddysamson

    Like I predicted last night I’m going to say this one will be close and down to the wire, too close to call a winner.

  • Eddie Allen Powe

    Chris Wilcox has to be close by now. I wanna see Wilcox and Barbosa take up Terry and Bass’s minutes.

  • RondosLove

    Keep in mind no Lou Williams this time. I see Bradley containing Teague &nd C’s walking away with a win.

    • TheKG

      they forgot Korver! LOL

    • TheKG

      WOW Kyle korver torched them!

  • Curt M

    This is as close to a must win game as any this season! Even though its only the half way point of season.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Tough to call.

    Nearly half the ATL roster is either injured or questionable for tonight`s game.

    PP & KG will be playing the second game of a back-to-back…so get the defibrillators ready!

  • GreenBirdCro

    Guys, forget about the Hawks. Cs greatest enemy lies in the mirror…

  • Brick James

    This team is so bad.

  • KY Celts fan

    BAG OF DICKS!!!!

  • TheKG

    Wins 6 in a row, losses 6 in a row. You know Boston is not playing defense when the whole team gets only 1 blocked shot and one not-so-athletic player named Kyle Korver of the opposing team gets 2 blocked shots.