Atlanta Hawks: Celtics 88, Hawks 86 OT

Vivlamore reporting from Boston. Here is my updated game story, with quotes, from the Hawks’ overtime loss to the Celtics Wednesday.

BOSTON – The Hawks and Celtics went toe-to-toe for four quarters in playoff atmosphere Wednesday.

The Celtics barely delivered the final blow in overtime.

Boston outscored the Hawks 4-2 in the extra five minutes to record an 88-86 victory at an at-times thunderingly loud TD Garden.

The Celtics had the ball with the two-point lead and Paul Pierce was dribbling out what could have been the final seconds of the game. He made a move to the basket with 10.1 seconds left, but was called for an offensive foul with Josh Smith guarding. On the ensuing possession Smith missed with less than two seconds remaining, and the Celtics escaped.

“I don’t think we were very sharp in overtime,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said. “We allowed their pressure to speed us up. We had some bad possessions in that overtime. We had some bad possessions going down the stretch of the game.

“We talk about it. When you go into the tail end of close games you have to be able to execute. You have to be able to make plays. We didn’t make the plays.”

The Hawks were led by Jeff Teague with 21 points. Smith added 20 points and 11 rebounds, his 26th double-double of the season. Joe Johnson added 14 points. With the effort, Smith takes over as the team’s leading scorer in per-game average. He is now averaging 18.9 points.

Kevin Garnett, who fouled out, led the Celtics with 22 points. Brandon Bass added 21.

The teams went punch for punch in the final minutes of regulation. Johnson’s basket with 47 seconds left tied the score at 84-84. He answered a Bass score that gave the Celtics a momentary lead.

It was the third tie in the final three minutes of regulation. Teague’s basket with 2:58 remaining knotted the game at 80-80. Smith and Zaza Pachulia each made one of two free throws to counter Garnett’s basket, and the score was again tied with 1:13 remaining. Jannero Pargo of the Hawks missed a shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

The Hawks (34-24) had a three-game win streak snapped. They are now tied with the Magic, Friday’s opponent in Orlando, for fifth in the Eastern Conference. Both teams are 1 1/2 games behind the Pacers, who defeated the Cavaliers on Wednesday. It was the Hawks’ fourth loss in the past 12 games.

The Celtics have clinched the season series with their second win. The final game is April 20 at Philips Arena.

“We just didn’t come up with the big plays that we normally do,” Johnson said. “We had so many chances to win the game or tie it. I missed a couple of easy baskets I normally make. It was a hard-fought game and they came out the better team.”

The Hawks have eight games remaining in the regular season, including six at home. Five are against teams above the .500 mark, including the rematch with the Celtics.

The Hawks were waiting in Boston for the Celtics, who won at the Heat Tuesday.

The Celtics (34-24), who won their fourth straight, hold the fourth spot in the conference with their Atlantic Division lead. Wednesday’s victory was their ninth win in the past 11 games and improved their record to 19-7 since the All-Star break. They are also 12-1 against the Southeast Division this season.

Drew did not want to call the key conference matchup a statement game prior to the contest. Despite the close outcome, both coach and players were not interested in silver linings.

“We are not in to moral victories,” guard Kirk Hinrich said. “We feel like we want to come out and win this game. They played last night. We had some days off. We wanted to come out with a lot of energy. We just had stretches tonight where we didn’t get it done and it cost us.”

One of the key stats for the Hawks in the loss was their 3-point shooting. They made just 2-of-20 attempts.

The Celtics shot a blistering 68.4 percent from the field (13-for-19) in the first quarter. However, they still needed a 10-2 run to end the period just to take a 26-25 lead, their first of the game. The final points came when Bass dunked a Rajon Rondo missed layup.

The Hawks led by as many as nine points in the first quarter thanks to the early shooting of Josh and Teague. They accounted for 19 of the team’s 25 points.

The Celtics could never increase their lead to more than two points, and the Hawks closed the second quarter on a 14-5 run to take a 48-40 halftime lead. The Celtics shooting went cold as they made only 26.3 percent (5-for-19) of their shots. The Hawks also took advantage of some inside matchups and had 28 first-half points in the paint.

By the end of the third quarter the Hawks lead was down to one point, 68-67, setting up the late-game drama.

The Celtics played without one of their Big Three, as Ray Allen missed the game with swelling in his right ankle.

279 comments Add your comment

Najeh Davenpoop

April 11th, 2012
11:38 pm

Vivlamore’s losing streak is now something like 6 games.

GET MC ON THE BIG GAMES AGAIN. Vivlamore you can have the ones against the Raptors.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 11th, 2012
11:39 pm

2 points in overtime while running the offense through Joe nearly the entire time. WHEN WILL THIS TEAM EVER LEARN

jeppz23

April 11th, 2012
11:43 pm

tough loss, but i think the hawks can beat this team come playoff time. Would ya’ll rather have a series w/ homecourt vs boston or a road series vs the pacers?

atlchris77

April 11th, 2012
11:47 pm

We have to fight hard now to get home court against the celtucs. We r tied. Right?

Najeh Davenpoop

April 11th, 2012
11:55 pm

Boston, Orlando, and Atlanta are now tied. Indiana is 2 games ahead of all of them.

Remaining games:

ATL: @ ORL, vs TOR, @ TOR, vs DET, vs BOS, vs NY, vs LAC, vs DAL
BOS: @ TOR, @ NJ, @ CHA, @ NY, vs ORL, @ ATL, vs MIA, vs MIL
IND: vs CLE, @ MIL, vs MIN, @ PHI, vs MIL, vs PHI, vs DET, vs CHI
ORL: vs ATL, @ CLE, vs PHI, @ BOS, @ UTA, @ DEN, vs CHA, @ MEM

I see the Hawks going 5-3, Celtics going 6-2, Pacers going 6-2, and Magic going 4-4. That would leave the Hawks with a first round matchup against the Celtics with no home court advantage.

High-sider

April 12th, 2012
12:00 am

Jamal Crawford has scored 21 points in the first half off the bench in the Warriors-Blazers game on ESPN and ESPN3.com.

Marvin Williams – 4pts
Kirk Hinrich – 5pts
Willie Green – 0pts
Jannero Pargo – 0pts
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Total pts – 9pts for the entire game

Jamal Crawford – 21pts in the first half

Jamal Crawford > Marvin Williams + Kirk Hinrich + Willie Green + Jannero Pargo

Jamal Crawford = quality, proven scorer

Marvin Williams + Kirk Hinrich + Willie Green + Jannero Pargo = four scrubs to the fourth [4th] power or four wasted roster spots

atlchris77

April 12th, 2012
12:02 am

I like the hawks going 5&3. Boston is hot, but 6&2 is is reaching i hope. I see them losing 3 of their last 5.

prison mike

April 12th, 2012
12:04 am

This bench needs some work. Al would be much needed even at 75% off the bench. Duck and Hinpoor make up 16 million a year, smmh.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 12th, 2012
12:06 am

Is this a blog or a c&p from the AP?

brigadierjerry

April 12th, 2012
12:10 am

Moral victories are for lottery teams and up-and-coming young teams. The Hawks at this point are an established playoff team. They have the same record as the Celtics. They have extensive playoff experience.

These games are not for measuring slow and steady progress. They are a measuring stick for how the Hawks stand compared to their competitors. Yeah, it was a close game, but the bottom line is the Celtics made smart plays in crunch time and the Hawks made dumb plays. In the playoffs, those are exactly the kind of things that swing the outcome. And as long as the Hawks continue to shoot themselves in the foot and lose games to good teams, they are not where they need to be, no matter how close the final score was.

Najeh, excellent point from the post above from the previous blog and the thing is this Celtics team isnt a championship calibar team.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 12th, 2012
12:12 am

Bench shines vs Charlotte.
AWOL 2nite

Buddy Grizzard

April 12th, 2012
12:23 am

Jamal Crawford… is sorry. His team in the playoffs? No? Why do we have to have updates on a volume shooter who can’t play defense or get his team into the playoffs?

Buddy Grizzard

April 12th, 2012
12:24 am

Pargo looked like an All-Star against Charlotte!

kingd92

April 12th, 2012
12:24 am

You missed something in you game recap:
Rondo HAD 20 ASSISTS

emy

April 12th, 2012
12:25 am

seriouly t-mac was getting in the zone???why would Ld TAKE HIM OFF

Rod from College Park

April 12th, 2012
12:27 am

“2 points in overtime while running the offense through Joe nearly the entire time. WHEN WILL THIS TEAM EVER LEARN”

Cosign. Also LD should know by now that Marvin Williams should never be on the floor at the end of a close game. Puts too much pressure on Joe. Woodson even knew that. Jamal just got fouled on another 3 point play. His second time tonight.

prison mike

April 12th, 2012
12:28 am

You can’t play Ivan and Duck as the 4 and 5. Duck is a pure 3 and Ivan is an undersized 4. You gotta play Twin or Damp in those situations.

High-sider

April 12th, 2012
12:37 am

Hey Buddy Grizzard,

How’s that “Rick Sund for Executive of the Year” prediction/prognostication lookin’ right about now? Not so good, huh?

Buddy Grizzard

April 12th, 2012
12:37 am

Greatest Joe Johnson quote of all time from the AP recap:

“We had plenty of chances to win this game, but its neither here nor there.”

Hey we just threw away any shot at the three seed and gave up the tie break by losing the season series to the Celtics, but hey, whatever, it’s neither here nor there.

Buddy Grizzard

April 12th, 2012
12:38 am

“How’s that “Rick Sund for Executive of the Year” prediction/prognostication lookin’ right about now? Not so good, huh?”

What? Link?

Rusty

April 12th, 2012
12:39 am

1 JT scores 9 points in first quarter,LD takes him out at the end of quarter & doesn’t put him back in until 9 min are gone,has pargo& KH playing pg. Was JT playing to good, making LD lood bad.
2 plays the second team way to long,can’t he spot play them at times to give the first team a rest,why does he stick with the second team as they bring the celts back in the game.
3 why does he stick with KH when he is not playing well
4 why does he give a lot of minutes to MW & KH when they are giving us nothing.
5 we are getting our ass kicked under the boards why doesn’t he have Ivan playing instead of MW or KH.
6 in th

pointguardslim

April 12th, 2012
12:40 am

Rod from College Park

April 12th, 2012
12:40 am

“Jamal Crawford… is sorry. His team in the playoffs? No? Why do we have to have updates on a volume shooter who can’t play defense or get his team into the playoffs?”

It’s not his team, it’s LaMarcus Aldridge’s team. Jamal is a bench player, like he was here. If he is sorry then what does it say about our whole team except Joe Johnson because he was our second leading scorer in the playoffs both years he was here. Minnesota is not going to the playoffs either, does that make Kevin Love sorry. Also we had a chance to resign the SORRY Jamal Crawford, but we chose to go another route. So since their are only two people posting about Jamal, I assume you are directing your statement at me. Get Used to it. You will see many more Jamal Crawford post from me, especially in the playoffs. You will also see a number of Marvin Williams sucks post as well.

pointguardslim

April 12th, 2012
12:41 am

56 rebounds*39 rebounds

no rebounds no rings

GOOD NIGHT and GOOD RIDDANCE

Rod from College Park

April 12th, 2012
12:43 am

Jamal hit another 3. Dud I mention he is one of the best free throw shooters in the league this year.

Rod from College Park

April 12th, 2012
12:44 am

bbfan

April 12th, 2012
12:44 am

This team is competitive and fun to watch…….most of the time. This was an entertaining game but I knew how it would end. This team will have a competitive first round but they will not advance.
Just be glad we’re not the Wizards, Nets or heaven forbids, the BobCats.

Rod from College Park

April 12th, 2012
12:47 am

For those who like to make excuses, the question should really be asked why that foul against Joe Johnson at the end of the game was not a shooting foul.

Rusty

April 12th, 2012
12:48 am

6 in the 4th he let’s JJ & J S completely take the ball out of JT ’s hands,at times they look like they are playing let’s keep the ball out of JT’s hands, damn iso joe never works, it just takes all flow out of the offense.he never tries to stop it,he seems to encourage that.
7 He can’t run an offense at all ,2 points in overtime. LD hurt this team,he is incompetent.

tjhook

April 12th, 2012
12:48 am

@ high-sider. Rick Sund is not to blame for any shortcoming in the Hawks’ performance. LD had a lot of options to choose from tonight. We have a lot of veterans on the bench for cheap. TMac definitely deserves to get an opportunity to close contests. Marvin does not have the stones or the brainpower to make great on the floor decisions for the Hawks. TMac and Joe should be on the court together when it is close. We need at least two guys who can get their own shot. And it is LD’s fault if he is not smart enough to try that lineup in a close contest.

tjhook

April 12th, 2012
12:48 am

Rick Sund does deserve Executive of the Year consideration

High-sider

April 12th, 2012
12:55 am

“Jamal Crawford… is sorry. His team in the playoffs? No? Why do we have to have updates on a volume shooter who can’t play defense or get his team into the playoffs?” – Buddy Grizzard

Jamal Crawford has scored 32 points off the bench so far tonight vs. the GS Warriors. If that’s sorry, what would you call Marvin Williams’, Kirk Hinrich’s, Willie Green’s and Jannero Pargo’s performances tonight vs. the Celtics? You do realize [that] those four Hawks’ players scored a grand total of nine [9] points combined?

kingd92

April 12th, 2012
12:58 am

Start Tmac for Kirk!

Time to Draft Better

April 12th, 2012
12:58 am

We need to Draft Austin Rivers to take Kirk’s spot in the starting lineup next season

We should also draft Marcus Denmon and Ricardo Ratliffe out of missouri

Trade Marvin and our 1sr Rd draft pick for a higher pick. We get rid of kirk and marvin all at once and free up a ton of cap space to re-sign the bench and maybe another stud.

Buddy Grizzard

April 12th, 2012
12:59 am

High-sider you are a f-ing idiot. A player on one non-playoff team had a nice scoring game against another non-playoff team. Well stop the f-ing presses who cares about playoff seeding?

Buddy Grizzard

April 12th, 2012
1:05 am

Also, Willie Green and Jannero Pargo combined to go 0-for-8 for 0 points in 20 minutes for an aggregate -12. Kirk was +13 in 23 minutes. Why did Kirk only play 23 minutes?

Buddy Grizzard

April 12th, 2012
1:06 am

Also, Rod from C.P., if I direct anything toward you, it will be preceded by a block quote from one of your posts.

High-sider

April 12th, 2012
1:08 am

This one [post/comment] is for you, Buddy Grizzard

Portland defeats Golden State, 118-110. Jamal Crawford scored 34 points off the bench while shooting 10-18 from the field and 13-13 from the free throw line. I think Jamal Crawford’s free throw shooting performance [for] tonight should make him the NBA’s best free throw shooter [in terms of percentage] for now [in] this regular season.

Grandad

April 12th, 2012
1:09 am

Rusty

Could you give us some analysis w/o bringing up LD.
-or-
Is that your entire scope, focus, and range.

Time to Draft Better

April 12th, 2012
1:10 am

Tired of seeing games like this. We can’t rely on Josh to make jumpers at a high clip like that again and KG/stimsma fouled out and we STILL couldn’t get the job done. At this point i’d rather be the knicks with a bunch of superstars. At least then I’d feel like regardless of the outcome we’d have a legit shot for sure.

We need a superstar. PERIOD. It’s not Joe, josh or AL……or T-mac

Easiest way is to draft one this summer could it be Jeremy Lamb of u-conn? I know it’s not sullinger lol.

Rusty

April 12th, 2012
1:14 am

Chris V. Can you ask LD why he took out JT in the first quarter & didn’t play him again the 3 minute mark. Why did he put in KK before JT,didn’t he know that JT was on fire in the first quarter,don’t he realize that taking out someone that long can disrupt their game.

High-sider

April 12th, 2012
1:14 am

“High-sider you are a f-ing idiot. A player on one non-playoff team had a nice scoring game against another non-playoff team. Well stop the f-ing presses who cares about playoff seeding?” – Buddy Grizzard

What about all those nice scoring games a player [like Jamal Crawford] had in the playoffs for the Hawks against several [playoff] teams/opponents over the past two NBA postseasons? Huh?

High-sider

April 12th, 2012
1:17 am

“Also, Willie Green and Jannero Pargo combined to go 0-for-8 for 0 points in 20 minutes for an aggregate -12. Kirk was +13 in 23 minutes. Why did Kirk only play 23 minutes?” – Buddy Grizzard

Because LD knows he [Kirk Hinrich] is no Jamal Crawford.

Rusty

April 12th, 2012
1:18 am

Grandad. All of the points I made largely decided this game,I guess I can’t figure a genius like your self to figure some thing so simple. You are better at trying to put people down

High-sider

April 12th, 2012
1:20 am

Buddy Grizzard,

Kirk Hinrich is not the “Boston Strangler”; that’s Jamal Crawford’s “alter ego.”

Buddy G

April 12th, 2012
1:23 am

Yeah high sider, my favorite JC1 playoff games were games 5 and 6 against CHI last year.

Grandad

April 12th, 2012
1:33 am

As I said on the last blog:

There is no way to reconcile nor uphold LD`s coaching tonite.

Too many holes.

My biggest problem with Drew is postgame;
He says:
‘`we talk about it`’
it being whatever … tonite it was:
‘`we have to execute at the end of games`’.

(1) okay then practice end game situations;
don`t just talk about them.
They must -not- practice them;
as LD decided at the last moment to insert Pargo.
(it seemed to surprise JP)
Why doesn`t the HC have his end game mapped out
and rehearsed ! … Oh, I reckon they talked about it ?

(2) Any educator knows one has to teach.
One cannot only tell his student how to do something;
they must be taught … which is why … practice was invented.
Any coach in their right mind does not put in a cold player
to take the last shot.

(3) Have a plan

(4) Your paying a guy $120,000,000,000,000,000,000.00 ridickudillion $$$
to take that shot – why get tricky and have a vet minimum guy take it.
____________________________________________

And while were at it; where was Joe tonite ?

I realize he was at the game, suited up, & was on the floor.

Now, where was Joe tonite ?

Grandad

April 12th, 2012
1:38 am

Rusty

Actually, I`ll leave you alone
if you will at least be fair minded concerning LD.

My apologies;
as it is not my nature to ‘`put people down`’ as you say.

You just seem to harbor so much abomination toward LD.

I will lay off.

respectfully,
G-dad

Grandad

April 12th, 2012
1:40 am

Pargo found it a little harder to score vs the celts
-than-
he did vs Charlotte.

Those contested shots are a little bit more difficult.

Hawks Fan Down Under

April 12th, 2012
1:47 am

My God those Boston commentators are a f–king joke. Dude was like “Give me a break” when fouls were called against the Celtics. How does he have a job?!

In terms of the actual game I’m passed caring about whether LD is a good coach or not. He wont steer this team to a title so he should be let go at season end.