Celtics at Atlanta Hawks Game 2: Game thread

  • The Hawks feared Zaza Pachulia could miss up to another two weeks but word is they were encouraged by a recent test of his injured left foot. Pachulia could return to play as soon as Game 5 of this series.
  • Ray Allen (ankle) is out for the Celtics and Doc Rivers didn’t sound very optimistic when asked if it was time to count out Allen for the series: “I don’t know. It’s frustrating, more for him than for us. We don’t know what to do. He looked great yesterday off the court running and shooting. Today he couldn’t walk. He couldn’t do his normal shooting before the game.”
  • Avery Bradley slides to point guard and Mickael Pietrus will start at shooting guard. Pietrus draws Kirk Hinrich. Rivers: “We don’t want Paul chasing around little guards. When we change lineups, [Peitrus] will slide over to guard Joe at times.”
  • Larry Drew: “We have played this team without Rondo before and they beat us. We have to play our ‘A’ game because our ‘B’ game is not going to get it done.”
  • Josh Smith on the Celtics without Rondo: “We will get up and pressure the ball and make it hard for them to get into their sets. With Bradley, we have to cut him off early and take his confidence because when he gets confidence he’s tough.”
  • Bradley: “They will probably try to speed me up. I feel like the regular season got me ready for this.”
  • Drew on Bradley’s big game vs. Hawks in regular season: “We did not do a good job with him off the dribble. He was able to be just as elusive as Rondo. I think both guys are very capable of getting into the interior of your defense. Bradley is a little different. Rondo is more finesse; Bradley is more power getting in there. He got in there a few times against us where we did not do a good job of containing the basketball. We are going to have to be good defending him off the dribble.”
  • Rivers: “If we feel the pressure it will take us out of our stuff. That’s why losing Rondo hurt us. He’s really our only true point guard.”
  • Drew: “I expect Paul [Pierce] to get it a little more touches and things run through him. I expect [Kevin Garnett] to be even much more offensive minded.”
  • Marvin Williams, on if the Hawks will avoid their tendency to have a letdown against a short-handed opponent now that it’s the playoffs: “I would like to think so. I think everybody understands what’s at stake at this point.”
  • Charles Barkley last night on TNT: “Game 2 is more about the Atlanta Hawks. We always criticize them for their mental toughness and lack of focus. This is a game where they would normally let up. Doc Rivers’ guys are going to play and come out way more focused than they were in Game 1. But the Atlanta Hawks have a tendency to chill out…a lot.”
  • Drew on Joe Johnson’s poor Game 1: “He missed a lot of good shots. He had good looks. It’s not a situation where he gets discouraged or we do anything differently. We are still going to run things through him.”

  • Joe: “As scorers and shooters, you have to have that short memory. I missed a lot of shots I normally make. I’m sure I’ll make them tonight.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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Luke Cage

May 1st, 2012
7:24 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

Luke Cage

May 1st, 2012
7:24 pm

2nd time being 1st.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 1st, 2012
7:25 pm

Pietrus not Peitrus

Luke Cage

May 1st, 2012
7:25 pm

Would like to see the Hawks play uptempo again, I also look for our bench to score at least 35pts tonight as well. Celtics have no bench so we gotta keep the tempo faster.

ntrigue

May 1st, 2012
7:29 pm

Hopefully Joe doesn’t force shots and passes the ball more quickly when defense collapses on him….and hopefully he doesn’t settle for 3s especially if he’s not making them!

AG

May 1st, 2012
7:29 pm

Got to win game 2. This is a MUST win

Eric

May 1st, 2012
7:29 pm

I think the Celtics may be in trouble in this series. I would never count them out, but even though they didn’t play well in game 1, I’m not sure how well they can play against the Hawks, especially without Rondo and Ray. In game 1, the Celtics struggled to score the ball and you could see the dramatic impact that the loss of Ray Allen had on them. Their floor spacing was not nearly as good as it is with Ray and they had almost no outside scoring threat since no one could seem to make a 3 point shot. If the Hawks play hard and play their game, and guys play within the context of the team and avoid hero ball or ball-hogging, the Hawks have a serious chance of making this a short series.

Now, I could be wrong, but based upon what I saw in game 1, the Celtics looked a bit overmatched by all of Atlanta’s scoring guards, and their inability to score combined with their lack of offensive rebounding leads me to believe that the Celtics are going to have a tough time winning this series.

Ree Roe

May 1st, 2012
7:32 pm

Im worried on if we play too relaxed since Rondo is out. Hopefully we keep the intensity up & secure the win fo Game 2

-REElunctantly Roe!!

Luke Cage

May 1st, 2012
7:35 pm

Look for celts to get some early calls, they missed the play where Josh touched it last and followed up that by tossing rondo, so it wouldn’t suprise me to see the celts living at the FT line tonight.

Eric

May 1st, 2012
7:35 pm

I think Pierce, Garnett, and one of Boston’s guards is going to have to play a big game tonight for Boston to win. Meanwhile, Atlanta has offensive weapons all over the floor. Teague, Pargo, Green, Marvin, and even Kirk can all light the Celtics up scoring the ball if they get it going. That’s not even taking Joe and Josh into consideration who are going to almost always put points on the board even if they are not shooting the ball well, and with the high volume of shots they take, if they get hot also, Boston could find themselves down in a hurry.

The key tonight will be defense. If the Hawks can continue to force the Celtics into offensive struggles, and the Hawks focus on taking quality shots, they will likely win this game. If it comes down to needing a basket at the end of the game, the Hawks are more well-equipped for that at the moment. Pierce is the only true go-to guy left on the Celtics right now with Ray and Rondo out. Also, although KG is capable of being a go-to scorer, the Celtics don’t seem to use him in that role anymore. It’s going to be fun to watch what happens in this game tonight. If the Hawks lay an egg or the Celtics step it up and get the win, the series could change significantly. Right now, the Hawks are in full control and I’d give them a major edge as of right now, but all that could change with a loss tonight.

Blast

May 1st, 2012
7:35 pm

Hawks just have to play smart, hard, start the game hot like they did in game 1 and they win game 2.

Only way they lose is not take Boston seriously, or start playing dumb all of a sudden. All they have to do is move the ball, move the men, post up Josh, and watch the magic happen.

yodaddybrother

May 1st, 2012
7:36 pm

man WTF what channel is the game on….NBA TV talking about a blackout and Sportsouth playing a weak a$$ regular season brave game

DawgNole

May 1st, 2012
7:36 pm

Najeh Davenpoop
May 1st, 2012
5:41 pm

Totally agree that ATL will go crazy if this team makes it to the finals. Even making it to the ECF and not embarrassing themselves once they get there will make this city proud.
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Yes, this city’s starving for a respectable showing by any of its pro teams in the postseason–not just another one (round) and done. ECF or Finals would at least represent PROGRESS–something that hasn’t been seen since ‘68.

ntrigue

May 1st, 2012
7:38 pm

Game is on fox sports

bigdave

May 1st, 2012
7:39 pm

Aye man… let’s get it!!!!!!

Luke Cage

May 1st, 2012
7:39 pm

If we keep the ball moving the celts are to slow to recover, play smart & fast.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

May 1st, 2012
7:41 pm

no bob joe is not the hawks best player

Melvin

May 1st, 2012
7:41 pm

“Ivan Johnson said. “I already knew how KG was going to come at me. They’re a whole bunch of mess-talkers”

I wonder if Ivan really said Mess or Sh!+ talkers….lol

DawgNole

May 1st, 2012
7:42 pm

yodaddybrother
May 1st, 2012
7:36 pm

man WTF what channel is the game on….NBA TV talking about a blackout and Sportsouth playing a weak a$$ regular season brave game
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It’s on Fox Sports Net (FSSO), which means we have the distint pleasure (NOT!) of tuning in to Bob & Nique. I was hoping to watch the NBATV version, but they’re blacked out in the ATL market because of local broadcast rights, I believ.

Luke Cage

May 1st, 2012
7:42 pm

Nice not hearing the 3 Stooges plus Ernie Johnson on TNT will be nice, NBA TV give more unbiased views and real journalism instead of always going for the quick joke.

Joe for 3

May 1st, 2012
7:42 pm

SMOOOOOOOOOVE

DawgNole

May 1st, 2012
7:42 pm

“distinct”

“believe”

(dumbazz DawgNole)

Joe for 3

May 1st, 2012
7:43 pm

Too bad NBAtv is blacked out locally.

bigdave

May 1st, 2012
7:44 pm

Poor d from joe there

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

May 1st, 2012
7:44 pm

pierce going for 50 tonight

Melvin

May 1st, 2012
7:44 pm

Paul is focused. Joe better step up

Blast

May 1st, 2012
7:45 pm

Anytime NBA TV features a HAwks game that is also been televised on fox network, NBA TV blacks out that game in the Atlanta metro area.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

May 1st, 2012
7:45 pm

Joe for 3

May 1st, 2012
7:45 pm

Smoove with 2 idiotic shots already.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

May 1st, 2012
7:45 pm

smh stop josh

bigdave

May 1st, 2012
7:46 pm

Twin telling bass to get in the weight room

DawgNole

May 1st, 2012
7:46 pm

Can’t count on Pierce to continue stinking it up. He’s way past due for a breakout game against ATL this year.

Luke Cage

May 1st, 2012
7:46 pm

Pierce shooting everything, nice as long as he’s hitting it means nobody else will get a rhythm, but Hawks settling for to many jumpers, only 2 shots driving to the basket thus far.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

May 1st, 2012
7:47 pm

smh come on josh wtf man

Joe for 3

May 1st, 2012
7:47 pm

Wow. Smoove is really screwing up.

Luke Cage

May 1st, 2012
7:47 pm

He missed the dunk

DawgNole

May 1st, 2012
7:47 pm

That crap by Josh could be a turning point. Just when you think he’s about to grow up . . . .

MattP

May 1st, 2012
7:47 pm

Josh fails at showing off…

Melvin

May 1st, 2012
7:47 pm

Josh, come on…

bigdave

May 1st, 2012
7:47 pm

that’s aight J I see ur intent.. stunt on em!

Blast

May 1st, 2012
7:48 pm

Twice Josh missed dunks in playoffs trying to showboat.

DawgNole

May 1st, 2012
7:49 pm

Anyone know if Schultz or Bradley’s covering this one? Doesn’t appear at this point that they are. Hard to believe considering the magnitude of it.

Luke Cage

May 1st, 2012
7:49 pm

Big foul on Pietrus, best perimeter defender

Luke Cage

May 1st, 2012
7:50 pm

See Ya till the 3rd qtr buddy

yodaddybrother

May 1st, 2012
7:50 pm

well damn Pietrus! lol

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

May 1st, 2012
7:51 pm

send josh to the bench

Bama14

May 1st, 2012
7:51 pm

Josh needs to grow the hell up. Make the routine play routinely.

Old Man Peabody

May 1st, 2012
7:51 pm

Refs making it 8 on 5

DawgNole

May 1st, 2012
7:52 pm

Nice follow by Joe.

City Of Atlanta Still Recovering From William Tecumseh Sherman

May 1st, 2012
7:52 pm

celtics run that same play