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

1,096 comments Add your comment

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 4th, 2012
9:58 pm

Joe just got outrebounded by Rondo

yodaddybrother

May 4th, 2012
9:58 pm

finally Willie Green puts it in

kevkat

May 4th, 2012
9:58 pm

Maybe if Josh is back we can take the next one..gotta have it though

Mr. Phil

May 4th, 2012
9:58 pm

Section 212

May 4th, 2012
9:58 pm

Get hot Wilie!!!

Melvin

May 4th, 2012
9:58 pm

Joe acts like he can’t jump some times

Kingd92

May 4th, 2012
9:59 pm

Play through Mac. He is a PLAYMAKER

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 4th, 2012
9:59 pm

I think these Celtics are overrated. GIVE Kirk Pargo’s minutes. Do that and this is tied game. Pargo is trash right now

Shamrock

May 4th, 2012
9:59 pm

Rondo with the triple double.

Big Lou

May 4th, 2012
9:59 pm

Where is drmaryb?

Doesn’t she always defend this clown, LD?

Melvin

May 4th, 2012
9:59 pm

Man we missed Josh. Heck, ZaZa would have been a big help this game.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
10:00 pm

Teague and T-Mac should have the ball in their hands for the rest of the game. Run plays for Joe to catch and shoot, but for the love of God no iso please.

jlewis

May 4th, 2012
10:00 pm

I want to see the pictures collins has on LD, there is no reason for him to ever ever play. teague is not balling, they are set up to stop JJ, not teague, they want him to be a scorer and not get the others going on offense, its fools gold.

O'Brien

May 4th, 2012
10:00 pm

To be fair to Joe, all 4 Hawks players stand around when JJ goes iso. As JVG said. Where is the movement?

I am not a fan of JVG. But right now, I would take him over LD. 11 minutes for Pargo? Really?

No PT for Dampier down the stretch of the regular season, when he has not looked that bad.

It doesnt matter though, because ASG will say LD had to deal with injuries, and his contract is still cheap.

High-sider

May 4th, 2012
10:00 pm

Boston vs. Atlanta playoff series matchups are like the Roadrunner [Boston] and Wile E. Coyote [Atlanta] cartoon relationship. [The] Roadrunner [Boston] always wins and Wile E. Coyote [Atlanta] always loses. smh

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 4th, 2012
10:00 pm

TMac should get ALL of Marvin’s minutes. Marvin hasn’t made a jumpshot in this series. Even now, run offense thru Mac

kima

May 4th, 2012
10:00 pm

Does the coach ever call any actual plays? Offense is hard to watch

welikebaseball2

May 4th, 2012
10:00 pm

No one is cutting to the basket!!! Larry Drew = Poor man’s Mike Woodson. At least with Woodson there weren’t free jumpers for whoever wanted to take them!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
10:00 pm

Seriously, did Kirk get hurt? He hasn’t played this entire quarter as far as I can tell.

atlhawks4lyfe

May 4th, 2012
10:01 pm

Man, if the Hawks could ever come away with a few unexpected wins, we would get a little respect in the league and from the media!!!!

BIG DOG

May 4th, 2012
10:01 pm

Mr. Phil ask where is Hinrich, SMH

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 4th, 2012
10:01 pm

Collins had great game 1. Wtf are u talking about.

People here just hate Collins and don’t even watch him play

bigdave

May 4th, 2012
10:02 pm

The game when u needed ur #2 overall most.. fails to do give u any production offensively. Yet thinks he’s a starter… ill never forget the cam cutting to josh talking to the coach next to him and feeling the same way

High-sider

May 4th, 2012
10:02 pm

Hinrich should’ve given the Hawks 8-10pts tonight.

Big Ray

May 4th, 2012
10:02 pm

Collins almost missed that rebound. Good thing it came right to him.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
10:02 pm

Big shot Joe. Still would like to see the Hawks run a better play.

Melvin

May 4th, 2012
10:02 pm

Nice shot Joe

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
10:02 pm

GREAT FLOP TWIN

Big Ray

May 4th, 2012
10:02 pm

But he’s good for a charge….we got lucky there.

Section 212

May 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

Now is the time to steal the game

O'Brien

May 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

Melvin

May 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

Great call offensive call on Paul by the Refs

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

BIG SHOT JO3

bigdave

May 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

atlhawks4lyfe

May 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

dang…the other players should be slashing just to cause confusion. i don’t care if they do know JJ not going to pass it!

Rev in Tampa

May 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

Vick Supporter

May 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

Make yo money JOE!!!

Bama14

May 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

Oh hell yes…

High-sider

May 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

Joe with the clutch bucket!!!

Blast

May 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

I hope seeing the entire game from the bench first time this season, Josh can get a better perspective about how he can help his team better.

Despite how badly Hawks have played, only down by 3, with the ball.

There you go, Joe. Been playing possum?

Big Ray

May 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

Holy Hell….$125 million dollar man is showing up in the clutch. Can he sustain it, or will ISO Joe go south?

atlhawks4lyfe

May 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

TIE GAME…..TIE GAME!!!!

bigdave

May 4th, 2012
10:04 pm

Don’t get the t.o. let the old heads rest?

Melvin

May 4th, 2012
10:04 pm

Suck it up, Hawks….

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 4th, 2012
10:04 pm

COME ON WE GOT THIS!!!!!

Blast

May 4th, 2012
10:04 pm

Tied 80. Can the Hawks do it?

JSS

May 4th, 2012
10:04 pm

Yes, no quit tonight!!!

Billy Knight didn't pick Chris Paul

May 4th, 2012
10:04 pm

Looked like basket interference on Garnet.

atlhawks4lyfe

May 4th, 2012
10:04 pm

time for LD to draw up a hellafied play!!!! gotta steal this one!!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
10:04 pm

Hawks can actually win this game. I am amazed. I offer my humble apologies to JeJe for suggesting that they should tank this game.

Make that money, Joe. Make northcyde proud.