Celtics at Atlanta Hawks: Game thread

Marvin Williams (hip) and Vladimir Radmanovic (back) are out. Jermaine O’Neal (wrist) and Chris Wilcox (heart) are out for the Celtics.

  • Willie Green (hamstring) says he will return after missing eight games. Green says he may have sat longer if not for Jannero Pargo being added to Atlanta’s long injury list: “I told that coaches and trainers it’s a matter of getting on the floor. I’m at that 80 percent range but, the fact of the matter is no one on the team is feeling 100 percent. I feel good enough to get out there.”
  • Drew said the crowded injury list means he may use Tracy McGrady on the second game of a back-to-back: “Because we are so limited there is a chance we will definitely use him again tonight. We just take it a day at a time.”
  • Drew said Pargo is scheduled to return to Atlanta from Cleveland tomorrow after having an appendectomy Sunday. Drew said Pargo will be out two to four weeks.
  • Jeff Teague and Kirk Hinrich are Atlanta’s only healthy point guards. Drew said Joe Johnson and McGrady also can fill in.
  • Drew on the Celtics: “This is a game that has a lot of meaning. This is our first encounter with Boston this year. I think both teams are looking to make a statement. With them on the long road trip they are on, we are a little depleted but we feel we are a capable team that still has the ability to win. We are going to come out and approach this game with playoff intensity. It’s going to be a physical game, it’s going to be a war. I think this is a statement game. ”
  • Green on the Celtics: “Those guys are very good basketball players. You hear things like they are older and not moving as quickly but that’s a team that is getting ready for another playoff run. We have to come in tonight focused with the mindset that we have to play them like they were a few years back going to the Finals.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

608 comments Add your comment

Najeh Davenpoop

March 19th, 2012
7:07 pm

Luke Cage

March 19th, 2012
7:09 pm

LOL, thats Wed night game bud.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 19th, 2012
7:09 pm

“there is a chance we will definitely use him again tonight. ”

DUI where you at?

TMACfan

March 19th, 2012
7:09 pm

Need I say more?

GO HAWKS!

High-sider

March 19th, 2012
7:09 pm

Luke Cage

March 19th, 2012
7:10 pm

TMac gets paid to play, I could care less about any back to back games….

Luke Cage

March 19th, 2012
7:11 pm

MC must be stuck in Ohio or getting caught up in the Sweet 16

High-sider

March 19th, 2012
7:12 pm

I thought the Hawks were playing the Celtics. A previous blog had the wrong score and now this one has the wrong opponent [smh]. I’m not first, dang it!

n-trigue

March 19th, 2012
7:20 pm

hopefully we play Josh on the post and pay inside out!

High-sider

March 19th, 2012
7:27 pm

@DUI

“”Celtics at Atlanta Hawks: Game thread”

7:07 pm March 19, 2012, by Michael Cunningham”

I’m going to be like Najeh. DUI, where you at? Take a crack at this one.

Swingman912

March 19th, 2012
7:33 pm

U ever been in a bar fight?!?!?!!

n-trigue

March 19th, 2012
7:34 pm

hopefully bulls take out magic and we handle our business!

Swingman912

March 19th, 2012
7:35 pm

Would be nice if the bobcats could beat Philly….. Wishful thinking

Luke Cage

March 19th, 2012
7:37 pm

We still have a chance for that 3rd seed

sportschick

March 19th, 2012
7:39 pm

LETS GO HAWKS!!!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

March 19th, 2012
7:42 pm

Tyronn Lue is a Celtics assistant?

Buddy Grizzard

March 19th, 2012
7:43 pm

Good for LD saying this is a statement game… Raise expectations… No excuses.

Luke Cage

March 19th, 2012
7:46 pm

Pierce = DIVA!

Blast

March 19th, 2012
7:46 pm

Teague’s head not in the game early.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 19th, 2012
7:46 pm

Hawks still haven’t posted Josh.

n-trigue

March 19th, 2012
7:47 pm

Put Josh on block dummies!

Najeh Davenpoop

March 19th, 2012
7:48 pm

A little strange that Josh is matched on KG and Zaza on Bass as opposed to the other way around.

Small lineup is good in this game because chasing Ray Allen around screens plays to Kirk’s strengths defensively.

Big Lou

March 19th, 2012
7:48 pm

Zaza sucks. Lol

Luke Cage

March 19th, 2012
7:49 pm

Kirk’s game has stepped up playing at the 2 instead of point.

bigdave

March 19th, 2012
7:49 pm

clean block.

Luke Cage

March 19th, 2012
7:50 pm

CLEAN BLOCK REF!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

March 19th, 2012
7:50 pm

Teague screwed by the refs again.

drmaryb.[*_*].

March 19th, 2012
7:51 pm

Clean Block by Jeff!!!!!!!!!!!

Buddy Grizzard

March 19th, 2012
7:52 pm

Swingman yes

ntrigue

March 19th, 2012
7:52 pm

Is it me or is Joe starting to throw more and more bad passes every game

Luke Cage

March 19th, 2012
7:52 pm

Ref almost didn’t want to call KG on that

Najeh Davenpoop

March 19th, 2012
7:52 pm

If the Celtics can’t get Ray Allen open off a screen or Rondo into the paint on dribble penetration, they just become an iso jump shooting team. So far the Hawks have done a decent job sticking with Allen, and probably could do a better job keeping Rondo out of the paint.

bigdave

March 19th, 2012
7:53 pm

dont see what Josh wanted Jeff to do there.. he already has 1 foul, as thin as we are.. smart no foul..

Big Lou

March 19th, 2012
7:53 pm

Lol @ Zaza. Always looking for the foul. That’s why he sucks.

Luke Cage

March 19th, 2012
7:54 pm

My “Spidey Sense” knew Zsa Zsa was going to blow that lol

drmaryb.[*_*].

March 19th, 2012
7:54 pm

Zaza fighting and working hard!!!!! 2 FT’s now.

Josh, please drive some to mix it up, good shooting Sir!

Big Lou

March 19th, 2012
7:55 pm

drmaryb

Working hard? Guy needs to finish in the paint and stop flopping with his lane outcry.

drmaryb.[*_*].

March 19th, 2012
7:57 pm

Great Defense on both sides. 8-8. Stop shooting Josh, go inside, Sir.

hawksfancents95

March 19th, 2012
7:57 pm

we need to get to 4th in the east to have any shot to make a run at the eastern conf finals, we can beat philly or indy in first rd then we could beat chi in the 2nd(no chance vs mia) and then play mia in the ECF.

High-sider

March 19th, 2012
7:57 pm

Josh’s thinking he’s better than what he is.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 19th, 2012
7:58 pm

Kirk needs to keep shooting when he catches the ball on the 3 point line instead of dribbling unnecessarily like he does too often.

Blast

March 19th, 2012
7:58 pm

Low scoring game. Celts over the limit?

DawgNole

March 19th, 2012
7:58 pm

Don’t care much for Nique and Rathbun as announcers, but appreciate their salute to the late Furman Bisher, whose passing last night marks the loss of a true sportswriting giant and legend.

dumb mary baetch

March 19th, 2012
8:00 pm

Teague screw the hawks with his scrub play so they are even.

yodaddybrother

March 19th, 2012
8:00 pm

Josh…give the ball up on the break man….we’re living with the jumpers but bruh…give it up on the break

Luke Cage

March 19th, 2012
8:00 pm

Only part of Josh’s game I truly hate is when he tries to play Point Forward, most of the time he doesn’t look at Jeff

Big Lou

March 19th, 2012
8:00 pm

Ugly basketball right now. Did you guys see JJ drive to the paint? What? Lol

heartofdarkness

March 19th, 2012
8:01 pm

Did the Hawks get a new point guard to fill in for Pargo? No. 5?

Blast

March 19th, 2012
8:02 pm

Apart from Rondo, Boston is pretty much a jump shooting team. And not a very good one at that.

Josh needs to get his azz in the post and stop hoisting up jumpers. Good when they were going in, bad when they don’t.

Celtics committing lots of off the ball fouls. Bouling guys over, knocking guys off their defensive stance…

Joe needs to step up!

Dept. Of Unintended Irony

March 19th, 2012
8:02 pm

Sorry guys. Just got through with dinner.

But no worries. There’s always a chance that LD will definitely say something that incongruous again.