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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Hawks

Chuck - Red's Army March 29, 2013 Gametime, Previews 4 Comments

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The Matchup

Record: 37-34 Record: 40-32
At home: 24-11 At home: 18-19
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Won 1

Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.7 ppg) Buckets: Al Horford (17.6 ppg)
Boards: Pierce (6.4 rpg) Boards: Horford (10.3 rpg)
Dimes: Pierce (4.8 apg) Dimes: Jeff Teague (7.1 apg)

For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 102.4 (25th NBA) Offensive Rating: 104.7 (19th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 102.4 (5th NBA) Defensive Rating: 104.0 (10th NBA)
Pace: 91.5 (17th NBA) Pace: 92.4 (12th NBA)

Last time

Led by Paul Pierce’s 27 points and Jason Terry’s long range shooting, the Celtics beat the Hawks, 107-102, in double overtime earlier this month. Boston pissed away a 27-point lead in a loss to the Hawks on Jan. 25, and rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat Atlanta on Jan. 5.

This time

Get it to:  Paul Pierce

The Truth is averaging 21.5 ppg vs the Hawks this season. He also rebounds very well (7.3 rpg) against them.

Gotta stop: Al Horford

With KG out, who the heck is going to stop this beast? He’s averaging nearly 21 and 12 in his last 5 games.

The Wild Card:  Kyle Korver

After torching the Celtics for 27 points on 8 threes in the January win vs Boston, Korver was held to 3 points on 1-5 shooting the last time these teams met. He will remain a focus for Doc’s defense. Courtney Lee is a game-time decision. His return would help Boston’s perimeter defense.

How we see it goin’ down

The Hawks have lost 6 straight in Boston and 15 of 17, but just showing up at the Garden isn’t going to guarantee a win. The Celtics might be playing their worst basketball of the season (and that’s say A LOT).

I’m particularly concerned how the Celtics will defend the mobile Josh Smith and Al Horford without Garnett on the floor.

I see the Hawks evening the season series.

Celtics: 95

Hawks: 103

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  • http://twitter.com/KWAPT KWAPT

    I see absolutely no reason why DJ White and Randolph do not get major minutes tonight. If Doc sticks with his “small ball” crap, and we killed in the paint, I’ll be highly upset. (but not surprised) I feel confident we can beat ATL, but to echo Chuck’s concerns, Horford is beasting right now, so we must, must, MUST find a way to protect the paint. If not, going to be another “L”.

  • SamR

    PP should not guard Korver. Also hopefully we see more Randolph who’s been playing well lately (15 minutes or so).

  • Lee in Oregon

    If this isn’t their “worst basketball of the season”, we’re all in for a heep of pain.

    Did the JG buzzer-beater wake them up, or do they come out with a lackluster effort and get crushed by a team they should have already passed in the standings?

  • michael

    Put the guys overseas on the court instead of tiring Bass and PP, we should win. Bass CAN”T play Center this time, NO!