Celtics at Atlanta Hawks Game 1: Game thread

  • Zaza Pachulia (foot) is out. Doc Rivers said Ray Allen (ankle) is out for the Celtics.
  • Zaza says his recovery has been “slow motion” and he’s uncertain if or when he will be able to play during the series: “I don’t have an answer about that. I really don’t. It would make it easier for you guys, me, the coaching staff and the team but I don’t have an answer.”
  • More Zaza: “It doesn’t matter if me and Al [Horford] are going to be out for the series, we are still a good team. We are going to confident. We are going to fight.”
  • Larry Drew is sticking with Jason Collins at center: “The lineup has been good for us, first of all. It hasn’t been a situation where it hasn’t worked out for us. Even with those first two losses against Boston, lineup-wise, it has been good for us. At this stage [I] don’t really want to rock the boat with that. It’s been good for us. I want to stay with it through the course of the series. If things call for change, we certainly will evaluate that and make a decision on that. But for right now that’s what we will go with.”
  • The Hawks were +9 in 34-plus minutes with this lineup during the regular season, according to BasketballValue. They were pretty much worse across the board statistically with Collins on the floor vs. Boston.
  • Drew: “Playing against a guy that’s more mobile whether we match him up against [Brandon] Bass or [Kevin] Garnett, that will be a challenge for him. But Jason is a very smart basketball player, particularly defensively. He knows how to play people, from a big guy who is more stationary in the post to a guy who moves around a little bit. He has shown he has the ability to adapt either way. We are counting on his his smarts and his know-how to defend people.”
  • Joe Johnson on the Hawks frontline without Horford and Pachulia: “We are down a few bigs so that means us guards and forwards, our play has to get a little nastier.”
  • Ivan Johnson on the Celtics: “I am pretty sure they are going to try me but we played them already so I know what to expect.”
  • Ivan on the previous meetings with the Celtics: “KG tried me. [Keyon] Dooling, he tried me.” What did KG have to say? “Just regular KG. Talking [bleep].”
  • Ivan: “I know what to expect from them so I’m just going to keep a level head and play my game.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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Shamrock

April 29th, 2012
6:42 pm

Celtics sweep; Hawks weep

Runner-

April 29th, 2012
6:45 pm

ECF here we come!!!

Paradise Lost

April 29th, 2012
6:46 pm

Way too much green in the Highlight Factory… Let’s go Hawks fans! Bring on da noise!!

Ivan, that’s right, just play your game!

i_am_soulstar

April 29th, 2012
6:46 pm

May your hopes and dreams be crushed by the beak of the Hawk, Shamrock

Blast

April 29th, 2012
6:49 pm

As always, the entire basketball universe has written off Hawks again before one game is actually played.

We shall see. Hawks can win this series, they just need to bring their A game, which they haven’t done with Boston this season.

TMACfan

April 29th, 2012
6:49 pm

GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!

SHOW THE HATERS WHAT WE ARE ABOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paradise Lost

April 29th, 2012
6:49 pm

Boos for Celtics just drowned out cheers…keep that up, fans! Hawks need us in the game!!

iamceltic

April 29th, 2012
6:53 pm

lets go Boston. take this series in 5 games or less.

Paradise Lost

April 29th, 2012
6:56 pm

Tips for DASG;
Giveaways/raffles 30 min prior to tip-off (get fans here on time)
Half-price sodas/beer through first quarter (buzzed fans cheer louder)
Establish some ATL traditions (suggested on this blog before…to give Philips a distinct Atlanta identity)

TMACfan

April 29th, 2012
6:57 pm

Screw the TNT commentators, except Ernie. Sticking with his home team HAWKS.

GO HAWKS!!

rob

April 29th, 2012
6:58 pm

why cant Atlanta be like OKC or any of these other cities where the whole crowd is for the home team. People love moving to Atlanta thats some bull****

northcyde

April 29th, 2012
7:02 pm

Paradise . . it’s playoff time man. If these fans can’t get here on time NOW, then shame on them. This ownership group is cash strapped as it is, so they’re not giving us fans any special perks, other than cheap tickets vs bad teams.

ATL tradition . . . fans stand until the Hawks make the first shot. A lot of college teams do this.

TMACfan

April 29th, 2012
7:03 pm

@rob

I’ve lived in Seattle for 10 years and the OKC folks/hicks are just excited to have a team.

When you give something to desperate people, they usually adore it.

#BitterSonicsFan

northcyde

April 29th, 2012
7:04 pm

LOL @ this lineup has been good to us.

Do NOT play Collins if his man is out rebounding him or is scoring on him. Don’t even play around with this Larry. Play your BEST people and get this damn game.

northcyde

April 29th, 2012
7:05 pm

We need “Smash” and not “Smoove” tonight.

We also need “Joe Jizzle” and not “Average Joe”

K.W.

April 29th, 2012
7:07 pm

Let’s Go Hawks!

northcyde

April 29th, 2012
7:07 pm

Slow blog so far. That’s a good sign that most of the regulars are at this game tonight. Good . . . very good.

rob

April 29th, 2012
7:08 pm

@TMACfan

I feel you. The falcons used to be like that until Michael Vick was the quarterback. After that the falcons pretty much get Atlanta Fans. Hawks fans need to rise up tonight. On another note, Zaza talking like a man that thinks he will be out for series

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

April 29th, 2012
7:09 pm

smh all these celtic fans

bigdave

April 29th, 2012
7:09 pm

Aye man… let’s get it!!!!!!

Blast

April 29th, 2012
7:11 pm

Wish the game was on Fox South also.

northcyde

April 29th, 2012
7:12 pm

There you go Teague . . go right at that dude.

Blast

April 29th, 2012
7:13 pm

Great start!

northcyde

April 29th, 2012
7:13 pm

Love this start. Smart basketball. Energy all around.

northcyde

April 29th, 2012
7:13 pm

And Josh messes it up with a fadeaway jumper . don’t even do that tonight man. ATTACK!!

DawgNole

April 29th, 2012
7:13 pm

Blast
April 29th, 2012
7:11 pm

Wish the game was on Fox South also.
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It’s on TNT and SportSouth.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

April 29th, 2012
7:14 pm

come on collins…

Rev in Tampa

April 29th, 2012
7:14 pm

fast start for the hawks so far. how can collins miss a point blank lay up. Dunk that thing 7-footer!

yodaddybrother

April 29th, 2012
7:15 pm

We in this thang!

DawgNole

April 29th, 2012
7:15 pm

How does someone Collins’ size blow a layup?

Kirk’s cookin’ so far.

Great start. Don’t let up!

northcyde

April 29th, 2012
7:15 pm

(( standing up and clapping from the living room ))

Josh going right at KG that time. Great start for him overall. Great start for the team.

Rev in Tampa

April 29th, 2012
7:16 pm

Several defensive break-downs so far. If it weren’t for the three breakdowns the celtics would be shut out so far

yodaddybrother

April 29th, 2012
7:17 pm

KG gassed already

kingd92

April 29th, 2012
7:18 pm

Let’s gooo

Rev in Tampa

April 29th, 2012
7:18 pm

20-6. Big confidence booster for the hawks

Runner-

April 29th, 2012
7:18 pm

Shamrock where you at?

northcyde

April 29th, 2012
7:18 pm

Hawks virtually pitching a perfect game right now, offensively and defensively

BLOW THESE MUTHA (( BLEEPAS )) OUT!!!

steven

April 29th, 2012
7:18 pm

We’ve been getting off to great starts as of late. Glad to see it continuing!!

Shamrock

April 29th, 2012
7:19 pm

Place will be as quiet as a morgue by halftime.

yodaddybrother

April 29th, 2012
7:19 pm

They don’t respect us….that was the message. So let’s get these boys off our court!

Rev in Tampa

April 29th, 2012
7:19 pm

“(( standing up and clapping from the living room ))”

I’m yelling and clapping. My family is yelling at me.

Blast

April 29th, 2012
7:20 pm

Hawks playing the way they played the last five games in the season. Game is only on TNT.

KevinA

April 29th, 2012
7:20 pm

Runner-

April 29th, 2012
7:18 pm
Shamrock where you at?

Hehe, good question

DawgNole

April 29th, 2012
7:20 pm

Runner-
April 29th, 2012
7:18 pm

Shamrock where you at?
________________________

I was just gonna ask the same thing.

DawgNole

April 29th, 2012
7:22 pm

Shamrock
April 29th, 2012
7:19 pm

Place will be as quiet as a morgue by halftime.
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You just be sure you stay with us.

Rev in Tampa

April 29th, 2012
7:22 pm

4th defenisve breakdown = 8 celtics points

northcyde

April 29th, 2012
7:22 pm

lol @ JJ with airball 3. Dont start that man. Messed up our perfect game.

Rev in Tampa

April 29th, 2012
7:23 pm

Enter your comments here

northcyde

April 29th, 2012
7:23 pm

What a block by Josh but called a goaltend.

bad call

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

April 29th, 2012
7:24 pm