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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yodaddybrother

May 4th, 2012
8:47 pm

TEague has to step up offensively

Melvin

May 4th, 2012
8:47 pm

Teague should have look for his own shot on that possession

High-sider

May 4th, 2012
8:47 pm

Bad offense on both teams behalf

Rod from College Park

May 4th, 2012
8:47 pm

Joe gets blocked by Avery Bradley. SMH

Hawkfan

May 4th, 2012
8:47 pm

Back to hoping Marvin shows up. And that Angelina Jolie shows up at my front door naked

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
8:47 pm

Only silver lining is that it’s not his knee. Maybe he can walk it off and come back in the 2nd half.

Blast

May 4th, 2012
8:47 pm

Joe sucks! When will he learn the iso play will never work against good teams?

terrell

May 4th, 2012
8:47 pm

Down 2 at the half on the road. I’ll take it.

BIG DOG

May 4th, 2012
8:47 pm

THE CURSE OF THE ATL

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

Sautee

May 4th, 2012
8:47 pm

I smell a 3rd quarter collapse. Wish I didn’t, but…

terrell

May 4th, 2012
8:47 pm

If we only had a coach.

Luke Cage

May 4th, 2012
8:48 pm

Teague & Joe have to play the entire 2nd half, rest tomorrow, this is the season right now!!

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 4th, 2012
8:48 pm

Look what Mac did in that half.

Good job playing freaking Marvin over him, LD

terrell

May 4th, 2012
8:48 pm

#2 pick’s time to step up. Yeah right. smh

Blast

May 4th, 2012
8:49 pm

Maybe Drew sucks even more for allowing it.

kevkat

May 4th, 2012
8:49 pm

JJ seems to play even worse when given more responsibility..it’s what separates him from Pierce, Wade, Kobie..etc.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
8:49 pm

“I smell a 3rd quarter collapse. Wish I didn’t, but…”

To be honest I’m surprised they are only down 2. I expected them to be down by a lot more than this at halftime. Of course, T-Mac is probably the biggest reason for that…

yodaddybrother

May 4th, 2012
8:49 pm

#FREEVLADRAD #FREESTACKHOUSE

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 4th, 2012
8:49 pm

Good half. Need to be ready for Pierce to go off.

WILLIE AND PARGO: DO SOMETHING!

BIG DOG

May 4th, 2012
8:50 pm

MARVIN 3 POINTS

HINRICH O POINT

SMH

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
8:51 pm

I would say time to play Stackhouse but he’s too busy pulling for Miami.

Rod from College Park

May 4th, 2012
8:52 pm

“No more Marvin, play Vlad”

Agreed

BIG DOG

May 4th, 2012
8:52 pm

Hinrich and Marvin is starting, with Marvin saying don’t be mad, I BE DAM

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

High-sider

May 4th, 2012
8:52 pm

After the first half, Marvin Williams’ stat line – 3pts, 7rebs, 1ast in 13:48 of playing; not bad for him…he [Marvin Williams] should/could have scored more points, however, scoring looks to be a premium for both teams in this series thus far.

terrell

May 4th, 2012
8:52 pm

Teague WAS stepping up offensively. Nice passes and taking it to the rack. Dumbazz thought he was tired, so he pulled him. smmfgdh

Blast

May 4th, 2012
8:52 pm

And y’all know Celtics will crank up the defensive pressure in the second half. Hawks blew a lot of chances in the first. They would likely wilt again in the second. This Bostone team is beatable, Hawks just have to want it even more.

Now with Tracy maybe out, I hope not, Joe has to play even more smarter and faster.

And Teague need to take control, stop differing.

TMACfan

May 4th, 2012
8:52 pm

This isn’t fair….

bigdave

May 4th, 2012
8:54 pm

TrueHoop Henry Abbott
76ers are an 8-seed trading punches with the 1-seed. Dr. J is here. And yet … empty seats here and there in every section.

you dont say… not in the ever so popular sports town of Philly?

kevkat

May 4th, 2012
8:55 pm

Jon Barry is stroking the Celtics I see…

jamal crawford fan

May 4th, 2012
8:56 pm

tmac is ok. Will be back in the 2nd half. great news

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
8:57 pm

T-Mac and Jerry Stackhouse are trending worldwide on Twitter right now.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 4th, 2012
8:57 pm

Can someone PLEASE make an open 3??????

Is it legal?

johnny

May 4th, 2012
8:57 pm

i can’t believe it… not another one…not t-mac

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
8:58 pm

“you dont say… not in the ever so popular sports town of Philly?”

Where’s Rob Parker to write a stupid article about their fans?

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 4th, 2012
8:58 pm

kevkat
May 4th, 2012
8:55 pm

Jon Barry is stroking the Celtics I see…

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not really. He said our core has gone as ar as it can. As annoying of a prick he is, he is right

terrell

May 4th, 2012
8:58 pm

lol. ALL of Marvins rebounds bounced right to him.

Blast

May 4th, 2012
8:58 pm

Tracy coming back! Great news! Najeh called it.

Watching the replay, it looks like Rondo undercut Tracy on that jumpshot, it looks like a deliberate ploy to take out the guy hurting you.

Celtics have always been known for playing dirty. But that is dirty, man.

yodaddybrother

May 4th, 2012
8:59 pm

I’ll give this team one more year. No trades…(unless it’s Marvin Williams for any damn thing). Bring T-Mac and Ivan back for one more year…resign some more vet mins …throw in a rookie like Jeffrey Taylor or Quincy Miller (Mock Drafts have them in the 20-25 range) and see what we can do with a healthy squad.

Sautee

May 4th, 2012
9:00 pm

“I expected them to be down by a lot more than this at halftime. Of course, T-Mac is probably the biggest reason for that…”

No probably about it.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
9:01 pm

T-Mac is shooting jumpers according to MC’s Twitter.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 4th, 2012
9:02 pm

No more Willie/Pargo combo. Need Teague entire 2nd half. U had 3 days off. He and Joe need to get it going.

MARVIN: MAKE OPEN SHOTS

KevinM

May 4th, 2012
9:02 pm

Our guys have to quit passing to Marvin in the 1/2 court. It ends up a wasted possession. The ammunition is growing for Marvin to wave that towel with Stack and let T-Mac play a wing.
Game 69 and LD has decided to play T-Mac more than 10 minutes……wow!

Najeh Davenpoop

May 4th, 2012
9:03 pm

Well, one washed-up Atlanta athlete with knee problems helped an Atlanta team pull out a come from behind win earlier this week. Maybe T-Mac can do the same.

Shamrock

May 4th, 2012
9:03 pm

Celts blow it open in the third.

yodaddybrother

May 4th, 2012
9:03 pm

I’d give Stackhouse a go. He can run around out there and he’s always a threat to score. One game he gave us like 6 straight points. In a game like this that’s HUGE.

BIG DOG

May 4th, 2012
9:03 pm

Somebody said Marvin 7 REBOUNDS, the worst starting SF in the NBA.

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 4th, 2012
9:03 pm

I’ll give this team one more year. No trades…(unless it’s Marvin Williams for any damn thing). Bring T-Mac and Ivan back for one more year…resign some more vet mins …throw in a rookie like Jeffrey Taylor or Quincy Miller (Mock Drafts have them in the 20-25 range) and see what we can do with a healthy squad.

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no. We have done this for 5 years. Championship or bust.

Rod, defense is good. Need one of these guys to step up like Jamal would

Marvin Willie Pargo

Got to assume T-Mac won’t play 16 min in 2nd

KevinM

May 4th, 2012
9:04 pm

I wouldn’t guard Marvin until he proves he can do something to hurt the C’s.

Embarrassing when we need him the most.

Not enough FTs as we keep fouling Pierce.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

May 4th, 2012
9:04 pm

yodaddybrother
May 4th, 2012
9:03 pm

I’d give Stackhouse a go. He can run around out there and he’s always a threat to score. One game he gave us like 6 straight points. In a game like this that’s HUGE.

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can’t shoot

High-sider

May 4th, 2012
9:04 pm

@Section 212

Celtics lead Hawks, 40-38, at halftime.

Now, do you [Section 212] miss Jamal Crawford?