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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Section 212

May 4th, 2012
9:45 pm

Take Pargo out, put in Ivan

Billy Knight didn't pick Chris Paul

May 4th, 2012
9:45 pm

Pargo is in the game because the fat ass, lazy Marvin Williams isn’t worth a shI+. How many rings would the Hawks have if Chris Paul had been drafted by the Hawks instead of Marvin Williams.

kima

May 4th, 2012
9:46 pm

Does Pargo have some dirty pics of Larry Drew… wtf is he still doing in the game?

Rod from College Park

May 4th, 2012
9:46 pm

Offensive execution is what wins the game for the Celtics

Rev in Tampa

May 4th, 2012
9:46 pm

Deja vu. I’ve seen this pattern before earlier this week

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
9:46 pm

Marvin comes in for Pargo, which means Joe now has to chase Allen around screens. SMH

Big Lou

May 4th, 2012
9:46 pm

Sure Suatee, I’m about to save money this year by not going to Hawks games anyways.

Luke Cage

May 4th, 2012
9:46 pm

Hawks must make a run now

Blast

May 4th, 2012
9:46 pm

Don’t understand it. Why is Pargo still in the game? Why is Joe isolating?

Pargo out now, but is Marvin any better?

Billy Knight didn't pick Chris Paul

May 4th, 2012
9:46 pm

Kingd92

May 4th, 2012
9:45 pm

good foul, why is joe forcing shots?

Same ole same ole same ole. Uncoachable.

Section 212

May 4th, 2012
9:46 pm

Still need Ivan in the game

phil

May 4th, 2012
9:46 pm

Let’s keep in mind this IS the Hawks and this IS what we knew would happen…

It is our destiny to lose. Every year.

Kingd92

May 4th, 2012
9:47 pm

Get ivan back in

TMACfan

May 4th, 2012
9:47 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
9:47 pm

Joe is just another guy. This team has one All Star and his name is Josh Smith.

Blast

May 4th, 2012
9:47 pm

The onslaught is on! Hawks tried, but it ain’t gonna happen.

Section 212

May 4th, 2012
9:47 pm

Need a time out LD

Billy Knight didn't pick Chris Paul

May 4th, 2012
9:48 pm

Rod from College Park

May 4th, 2012
9:46 pm

Offensive execution is what wins the game for the Celtics

And ISO Joe and company are what loses games for the Hawks. Doesn’t matter who the coach is.

Kingd92

May 4th, 2012
9:48 pm

Damp is tired. take him out

MattP

May 4th, 2012
9:48 pm

WTF, is Teague in LD’s doghouse again? If anyone should play ISO right now it should be Teague.

yodaddybrother

May 4th, 2012
9:48 pm

The lead is too much now. Thanks Larry Drew.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 4th, 2012
9:48 pm

We have 65 points halfway through the 4th and northcyde thinks defense is more important

phil

May 4th, 2012
9:48 pm

It is our DESTINY.

Section 212

May 4th, 2012
9:48 pm

Marvin you are the worse player in the playoffs

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
9:48 pm

Hawks don’t have one reliable FT shooter who can make a technical foul shot.

Vlad over Ivan? Really? SMGDMFH at LD

Big Ray

May 4th, 2012
9:48 pm

That’s called a run. And the Hawks? They’re about to be one and done.

High-sider

May 4th, 2012
9:48 pm

Why did Marvin shoot [and miss] the technical free throw? smh

yodaddybrother

May 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

#THANKSLARRYDREW *sarcasm off*

Big Lou

May 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

Now LD plays Vlad. Wow.

Kingd92

May 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

Should be an and1

phil

May 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

It is our DESTINy…

Sautee

May 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

Teague’s been our best player tonight. Easily.

TMACfan

May 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

Teague TAKEOVER

Melvin

May 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

Why did Marvin shot that tech?

yodaddybrother

May 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

Now its time for us to make a run

Big Ray

May 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

Joe is just another guy. This team has one All Star and his name is Josh Smith.

The bitter truth.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

LD keeping Pargo in cost us this game. We were doing fine even if our O sucks

Rev in Tampa

May 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

Teague brining it tonight

bigdave

May 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

Ball shouldn’t leave teagues hands

Kingd92

May 4th, 2012
9:50 pm

kobes got a nice suit

jlewis

May 4th, 2012
9:50 pm

finally teague…he is the problem, push the ball man if you cant get them in the offense

Blast

May 4th, 2012
9:50 pm

The Teaguer! And 1. Let Teague loose!!!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
9:50 pm

The Hawks just spent the last two possessions with Teague-Green-Joe-TMac-Vlad on the floor. LD is a clown. Put Ivan in the game. WTF do Green and Vlad accomplish for you in that situation?

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 4th, 2012
9:50 pm

Death, Taxes, and LD blowing 4th quartes with inexplicable rotations

phil

May 4th, 2012
9:50 pm

Fire Nick Van Exel!!

Rod from College Park

May 4th, 2012
9:51 pm

We have 65 points halfway through the 4th and northcyde thinks defense is more important

LOL

Sautee

May 4th, 2012
9:51 pm

“Vlad over Ivan? Really? SMGDMFH at LD”

So much for stressing defense. LD goes offensive, and I’m offended.

Section 212

May 4th, 2012
9:51 pm

Hey LD, the hint is I – V – A – N

jlewis

May 4th, 2012
9:51 pm

what game are you guys watching, teague doesnt want the ball in a close have court game and they are shading jj with pierce up close and garnett in the lane, they finally started calling zone. if marvin was any kind of player, he should have a big night against this defense

O'Brien

May 4th, 2012
9:51 pm

Marvin and JJ have the worst +/ of any Hawks player in this game