Atlanta Hawks at Celtics Game 3: Game thread

BostonJosh Smith (knee) is out and Marvin Williams starts at power forward. Ray Allen (ankle) will play for the first time since April 10. Rajon Rondo is back from suspension.

  • Josh said he’s aiming to play in Game 4 Sunday: “I just have to rest and see how it feels. I want to get good enough to play but you never know. I don’t want to risk a domino effect and it being something more than what it is.”
  • Josh tested the knee at shootaround this morning: “It felt pretty good until I started doing a lot of exploding up the basket. That’s where the pain really starts to generate when I become explosive with it. But as far as running and cutting and everything else it feels OK.”
  • Yesterday Josh said he suffered the injury when Kevin Garnett banged into it while jostling for rebounding position. But he said the patellar tendonitis in his knee is a contributing factor. “I guess it caught up to me,” he said.
  • The Hawks are now down their top three bigs. “Certainly it’s an uphill battle and a challenge for our team but I have all the confidence in the world these guys will step up to the challenge,” Larry Drew said.
  • Josh: “We have to jell together, move the ball from side to side, and not get stagnant because this is a great defensive team. And we have to be able to match their physicality.”
  • Joe Johnson: “We have just got to try to outwill them. We’ve got to find a way. We can’t dwell on or worry about what we don’t have. We have got to go for what we know. Is it going to be tough? Yeah, but it’s possible.”
  • Drew said Joe still will check Paul Pierce. “Obviously with the matchup and Marvin starting at the four spot will have to do things a little differently as opposed to when Josh is in the lineup,” Drew said.
  • Doc Rivers on Brandon Bass defending Marvin: “That’s hard. We worked on that all day. We thought Josh would play but we worked on the small lineup because when you look at them most of the year their best lineup has been their best lineup when they go small.”
  • Joe saw heavy defensive pressure with Josh on the court. It only figures to get worse with Josh on the bench and a lack of offensive punch from among the remaining Hawks. “I’ve got to go quick or give the ball up quick and trust my teammates to make plays,” Joe said. “That’s pretty much the two things I’ve come up with. We’ll see when we get to the fourth quarter.”
  • Rivers on Allen, who last played April 10: “There are no restrictions. He hasn’t played and gone up and down since he’s been injured. We’ve done some halfcourt but this is the first time he will do fullcourt since he’s been injured.”
  • Suddenly Rivers is the coach warning his players not take a wounded opponent lightly: “The guys have to go out and play and at the end of the day hope they understand these are playoff games and you can’t give any away.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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High-sider

May 4th, 2012
7:27 pm

High-sider

May 4th, 2012
7:27 pm

High-sider

May 4th, 2012
7:28 pm

Macaroni Tony

May 4th, 2012
7:28 pm

High-sider

May 4th, 2012
7:29 pm

Anyone miss Jamal Crawford [now]?

Old Man Peabody

May 4th, 2012
7:31 pm

Yes, Primetime Action tonight.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
7:31 pm

Luke Cage

May 4th, 2012
7:33 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

Luke Cage

May 4th, 2012
7:33 pm

High-Sider, the answer is NO!!

Luke Cage

May 4th, 2012
7:35 pm

How much has Crawford helped the Blazers?? Missed playoffs & helped Nate get fired!!

DREABABY

May 4th, 2012
7:36 pm

Oh hell.No Josh.Rondos back and Ray Ray will play.Joe has to step up and earn that cash.Time for Big Booty to step up.Tmac this is your shot.

Luke Cage

May 4th, 2012
7:36 pm

Wilbon is begging for TMac also.

Blast

May 4th, 2012
7:40 pm

The Celts sound like a gang unit in the hallway. They are hyped for this game.

Y’all might want to check out this link below. Several Hawks or ex Hawks players are on it.

Sigh…..Wish I could say let’s get it with some enthusiasm.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1042399-50-most-worthless-players-in-the-nba?utm_source=outbrain.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=bestof#/articles/1153445-top-100-players-in-the-nba-right-now

Eugene

May 4th, 2012
7:41 pm

No Josh, no shot.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 4th, 2012
7:42 pm

Watching Marvin closely tonight.

bigdave

May 4th, 2012
7:45 pm

Let’s get it!

bigdave

May 4th, 2012
7:46 pm

Joe gotta stay out of foul trouble

terrell

May 4th, 2012
7:46 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
7:47 pm

Gotta finish those Teague

bigdave

May 4th, 2012
7:47 pm

no energy, playing dead and scared.

Melvin

May 4th, 2012
7:48 pm

1st possession by the Hawks, Joe turnover…My goodnesss…

Luke Cage

May 4th, 2012
7:48 pm

Joe got to play like Pierce, drive and draw contact to get to the line.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
7:48 pm

WTF DID I JUST SEE TWIN POST UP KG AND SCORE

Luke Cage

May 4th, 2012
7:49 pm

Whoa, Collins

Melvin

May 4th, 2012
7:49 pm

Oh my, Twin and Marvin scored the Hawks first six points…

Luke Cage

May 4th, 2012
7:49 pm

Collins is leading the team in scoring

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
7:49 pm

Twin just scored on 2 straight possessions. Forget the final score, that should count as a win by itself.

Rev in Tampa

May 4th, 2012
7:50 pm

Luke Cage

May 4th, 2012
7:50 pm

Thats how you finsh Teague!

bigdave

May 4th, 2012
7:50 pm

Let’s not double bass please.

terrell

May 4th, 2012
7:50 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
7:51 pm

Great pass by Teague, terrible finish by Twin. He has met his quota for points for this game.

bigdave

May 4th, 2012
7:51 pm

Keep passing it to the guys kg helps off of. Don’t care who it is..

Rev in Tampa

May 4th, 2012
7:51 pm

Collins just has to finish that

Luke Cage

May 4th, 2012
7:52 pm

Rondo likes to make the fancy pass, doesn’t look to score as much.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
7:52 pm

Rev in Tampa

May 4th, 2012
7:52 pm

Homecooking calls by the ref.

Luke Cage

May 4th, 2012
7:52 pm

Rob

May 4th, 2012
7:52 pm

Dampier sighting!

Old Man Peabody

May 4th, 2012
7:52 pm

Erica Dampier lol

Rev in Tampa

May 4th, 2012
7:53 pm

JJ was fouled

Luke Cage

May 4th, 2012
7:53 pm

No Foul on KG, long night

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
7:53 pm

Hawks contesting perimeter shots well, at least when they don’t unnecessarily collapse on D.

Rev in Tampa

May 4th, 2012
7:54 pm

Somebody, please, run out at bradley

Melvin

May 4th, 2012
7:55 pm

Too many jumpshots and a normal NO SHOW by JOE to start the game.

bigdave

May 4th, 2012
7:55 pm

Lazy transition. U down ur best player and u don’t even wanna fight. Smh. If joe was the one down this team will fight. Sick of his crap.

Shamrock

May 4th, 2012
7:56 pm

Hey…the Parquet is a classic antique, that moose Dampier better not crack it.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
7:56 pm

Everyone has shown up for the Hawks except Joe. Teague is attacking, Twin is (for him) ballin’ out of his mind, Damp and Kirk generally playing decent D, even Marvin has looked OK. No excuse for Joe not to make those shots tonight. No chance to win without his scoring.

bigdave

May 4th, 2012
7:57 pm

Joe tired tired all ready.. tricking off and slaying these sack chasers is all he’s about. Dude ain’t motivated

Blast

May 4th, 2012
7:57 pm

Ivan should have been in for Dampier. Drew didn’t play Damps all season, now he’s gonna throw him into an important playoff game?

Hawks not getting calls early. Shocked they gave Teague that And 1!