Atlanta Hawks at Celtics: Game 6 thread

Boston–The Celtics said Paul Pierce has a sprained left MCL. Doc Rivers: “It’s not the best situation but he’s going to play. We have to find out what he can do on the floor. We have to find the most effective way he can score. He said he has more life energy-wise [than Game 5], but the knee is the same.”

  • Same starting lineup for Hawks. Larry Drew on the lineup in Game 5: “It did pretty much what I expected. We’ve been waiting on Marvin [Williams] to make some shots. He’s had some good looks.”
  • Drew on Hawks’ health: “They are holding their own. We have got some guys that are a little banged up. But looking around the league, other teams do as well. It’s playoff time. The play has been very physical. We have just got to push through it.”
  • Drew on Josh Smith: “I think he’s getting better. He’s been battling a sore knee pretty much the whole season. He’s been quiet about it. He knows we need him and he has to play hurt, so that’s what he’s doing. I give him a lot of credit for that. I do think he’s showing signs of the knee improving.”
  • Josh said he would spend extra time pregame getting warm: “I feel a little better. It takes a little bit of time for the knee to get warmed up.”
  • Zaza Pachulia got up some shots at shootaround for the first time since he injured his foot. “It went well,” he said. “Honestly I wasn’t expecting to participate in the shootaround. Mindset leaving hotel was kind of watch it. Went up to doctor, he ran a couple tests and said, ‘Why don’t you try to shoot?’ Body was feeling great. I was able to finish.”
  • Zaza said a return in the second round if the Hawks advance is “more realistic” than playing in Game 7 Saturday if they win tonight.
  • Drew on minutes for Al Horford and the other starters: “These guys have been piling up a lot of minutes. It’s just a situation where we are trying to win a game. If the game is getting away from us, I have got to get my starters back in there. This is do or die for us.”
  • Al said he feels like his defensive timing is off in help situations but “on the ball I feel strong.”
  • More Al: “For sure I have fresher legs but I don’t know if that’s totally an advantage. These guys have been in a rhythm. I’m just trying to make it work for me.”
  • Josh on Al: “He has fresher legs than everyone in the series. Why not play him?”
  • Drew on Kirk Hinrich’s limited playing time after halftime in Game 5: “I anticipated playing Kirk more in the second half. But Jeff [Teague] has the speed and we needed that. As long as [Rajon] Rondo is in the game, Jeff will be in there defending him.”
  • More Doc Rivers on Pierce’s knee: “He’s not going to get to the line as much. That’s just the way it is. We have to create other ways. We can get Kevin to the post more but they are doubling him so it makes it hard for him to get to the line, too. We have to create other ways.”
  • Don in Mickael Pietrus’ shooting struggles: “When your shot doesn’t go in and you are not a great player, then it can cause your confidence to drop.” Doc said Marquis Daniels could take some of Pietrus’ minutes: “He can guard Joe [Johnson] almost as well. But the thing with ‘MP’ is they still guard him at the 3-point line. With Marquis, they would not. It would be another guy they could leave.”
  • Drew on the keys to getting off to a better start here than in Game 4: “Shot selection and not turn the ball over. We were in a hurry last game. We made a lot of early, ill-advised passes. We didn’t explore our options. We were looking to one side, and Boston is too good for that.”
  • Josh on the Celtics: “I see them trying to come out early and establish themselves and get the crowd into it and try to make it into a physical game.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

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Luke Cage

May 10th, 2012
7:47 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

Big Lou

May 10th, 2012
7:48 pm

Will the Hawks go down swinging? Or will they lay an egg…

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 10th, 2012
7:49 pm

Josh Smith ‏ @JSmooveNBA
Hyped and focused #ATLHawks

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 10th, 2012
7:49 pm

LETS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 10th, 2012
7:50 pm

BiggieLou

“Will the Hawks go down swinging? Or will they lay an egg…”
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An egg is what you get on twitter when, you don’t upload an Avatar. LOL

Big Lou

May 10th, 2012
7:51 pm

Get Kirk on Ray Allen, you moron! LD, buy a freaking clue!

Luke Cage

May 10th, 2012
7:51 pm

Come out hungry, fight on every possession, KEEP THE BALL MOVING, play smart.

Josh & Al, no leading fastbreaks tonight.

Joe can you help a brotha out.

Marvin, beggin for 14pts min with 8rbs

LD, let DEBO off punishment tonight along with TMac.

The Jones

May 10th, 2012
7:53 pm

Drew on Kirk Hinrich’s limited playing time after halftime in Game 5: “I anticipated playing Kirk more in the second half. But Jeff [Teague] has the speed and we needed that. As long as [Rajon] Rondo is in the game, Jeff will be in there defending him.”
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no mention of Willie Green???

Well, don’t expect MC to read this

DawgNole

May 10th, 2012
7:53 pm

W.R. Terrell
May 10th, 2012
7:32 pm

Reality or the Inevitable, that is the question
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They’ve been one and the same since the Hawks moved to ATL in ‘68.

Big Lou

May 10th, 2012
7:53 pm

drmaryb

I hope for the former, yet these Hawks are so inconsistent.

Egg, eh? Never got into twitter or Facebook.

Luke Cage

May 10th, 2012
7:55 pm

Since Diva paul is “allegedly” hurt, make him work on Defense, drive at him at all times.

DawgNole

May 10th, 2012
7:55 pm

Espn’s Jalen Rose ranked his Top 10 (active) clutch players tonight. He had P Pierce at #2–behind only Kobe. Let’s don’t let him climb to #1 tonight.

GoingGreen

May 10th, 2012
7:56 pm

The Hawks fans sure do whine about injuries a lot. The Celtics have more.

Jeff Green, gone. Heart surgery. Chris Wilcox, gone. Heart surgery. Ray Allen, hobbled by bone spurs. Paul Pierce, sprained MCL. Kevin Garnett, inflamed hip flexors. Avery Bradley, strained shoulder in his shooting arm after a dislocation the other night. Mickael Pietrus, hamstring injury.

And yes, they are an older crew.

More age, more injuries.

Suck it up, and thanks for the warm up, Atlanta.

The Jones

May 10th, 2012
7:56 pm

LD said we are at best with Smoove and Horf leading break

Cee

May 10th, 2012
7:57 pm

If Larry don’t have gem ready to go tonight we need a change it’s win or go home we gotta fight tonight because Boston is gonna b in killer mode

Big Lou

May 10th, 2012
7:57 pm

The refs are horrible in this 76ers game. I really hope the Hawks don’t have to deal with that bias.

mountain_jim

May 10th, 2012
7:59 pm

I can’t stand the Celtics. Surprise everyone and win this series, Hawks!

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 10th, 2012
7:59 pm

If Marvin comes out HOT, we good.

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 10th, 2012
8:00 pm

If Marvin is off, then pull him @ 6 mins and insert Kirk right away.

Luke Cage

May 10th, 2012
8:00 pm

David Stern has given his officiating crew for this game their marching orders. Hawks 12 FT attempts, celts about 28 FT attempts.

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 10th, 2012
8:01 pm

mountain_jim

Co-sign. Are you able to see the game tonight?

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 10th, 2012
8:05 pm

hugh? what about teague?

LD said we are at best with Smoove and Horf leading break

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Going … going … gone!

@GoingGreen … we don’t give a FK about your injuries! Git’ the hella off this board – bytch!

Najeh Davenpoop

May 10th, 2012
8:06 pm

“Al said he feels like his defensive timing is off in help situations but “on the ball I feel strong.”

If this is what his help defense looks like when his timing is off, his timing should stay off. He played better help defense in Game 5 than he has played in a long time.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 10th, 2012
8:06 pm

“I anticipated playing Kirk more in the second half. But Jeff [Teague] has the speed and we needed that. As long as [Rajon] Rondo is in the game, Jeff will be in there defending him.”

So WTF does Willie Green have that Kirk doesn’t? I am not the biggest Kirk fan and I obviously support playing Teague over him, but Kirk is better than Willie Green.

Section 303

May 10th, 2012
8:07 pm

Let’s get this thing started!

Slimjr

May 10th, 2012
8:07 pm

Marvin shot his load already..He wont be ready tonight….Sad

Najeh Davenpoop

May 10th, 2012
8:08 pm

“Jeff Green, gone. Heart surgery. Chris Wilcox, gone. Heart surgery. Ray Allen, hobbled by bone spurs. Paul Pierce, sprained MCL. Kevin Garnett, inflamed hip flexors. Avery Bradley, strained shoulder in his shooting arm after a dislocation the other night. Mickael Pietrus, hamstring injury.”

LMAO at this whining. Celtics fans were killing Jeff Green last year because he sucked. Now he’s some indispensable piece?

Wilcox has sucked his entire career. And if you want to complain about old people and their nagging injuries, well, our entire bench belongs in a retirement home. GTFOH

mountain_jim

May 10th, 2012
8:08 pm

drmaryb.(*_*).
Are you able to see the game tonight?

You bet. It’s only regular season games on the regional networks that are blacked out. I also get NBA TV for those games.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 10th, 2012
8:09 pm

Fratello already asking if the Hawks have enough mental toughness to pull this out. 2-19 all time record in playoff games in Boston.

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 10th, 2012
8:10 pm

BiggieLou

Egg, eh? Never got into twitter or Facebook.
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Then do yourself a favor and, don’t start. You waste a lot of time on that stuff and, it’s like crack, (not that i know what crack is really like) LOL

I opened a twitter account 1.5 years ago and, never used it until 10 days ago – big mistake! LOL

Luke Cage

May 10th, 2012
8:10 pm

Don’t expect Al to duplicate what he did last game but still its better than starting and watching Collins anyday

Najeh Davenpoop

May 10th, 2012
8:10 pm

If your key players are healthy, you have no excuse. The Hawks’ key players are healthy now. They have no excuse. In Game 3, though? Hell yeah, they had an excuse.

Celtics fans only have an excuse for the game Ray Allen missed.

Luke Cage

May 10th, 2012
8:10 pm

3-19 after tonight

bigdave

May 10th, 2012
8:10 pm

Strong contests! Challenge everything.. stop early offense, and ball! Nothing easy!

Slimjr

May 10th, 2012
8:11 pm

@goinggreen go suck your flat chested gf left aureola…

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 10th, 2012
8:11 pm

“You bet. It’s only regular season games on the regional networks that are blacked out. I also get NBA TV for those games.”

I’s so glad you can see it.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 10th, 2012
8:11 pm

Marvin starting out on fire!

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 10th, 2012
8:12 pm

Marvin!!! Like I hoped – he HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Luke Cage

May 10th, 2012
8:12 pm

Marvin is on, means great things usually for the Hawks

yodaddybrother

May 10th, 2012
8:12 pm

DawgNole

May 10th, 2012
8:12 pm

How bout Marvy opening up with a floater inside, then a big 3. He’s already scored more in this one than he did in several during the season.

Blast

May 10th, 2012
8:13 pm

No touch fouls, Al!

bigdave

May 10th, 2012
8:13 pm

Why not cut josh?

yodaddybrother

May 10th, 2012
8:14 pm

Horford is shaky already

Najeh Davenpoop

May 10th, 2012
8:14 pm

Gotta be careful with those passes in traffic.

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 10th, 2012
8:14 pm

Josh on the glass!

Rev in Tampa

May 10th, 2012
8:14 pm

Way to battle marvin

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 10th, 2012
8:14 pm

hawks nervous … calm down boys.

Luke Cage

May 10th, 2012
8:14 pm

Nothing to basket yet

Najeh Davenpoop

May 10th, 2012
8:15 pm

Hawks having trouble figuring out this Celtics zone. Need more Teague penetration.