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

1,540 comments Add your comment

Luke Cage

May 10th, 2012
8:42 pm

Nice hustle even tho not much scoring, damn leprechaun got a lid on tha basket again

Najeh Davenpoop

May 10th, 2012
8:42 pm

MARVIN AGAIN!!!!

High-sider

May 10th, 2012
8:43 pm

Marvin Williams is ballin’?

Slimjr

May 10th, 2012
8:43 pm

#24 is locked in! Who is this guy?

Rev in Tampa

May 10th, 2012
8:43 pm

uh oh. Hawks getting a couple of calls and breaks. celtics all wearing the butter faces. Then Marvin rains another 3

DawgNole

May 10th, 2012
8:43 pm

How bout that Marvy boy. JeJe must be delighted.

Big Ray

May 10th, 2012
8:43 pm

Somebody took that stuff out of the sports drink bottles in “Space Jam” and gave it to Marvin. That has to be the explanation….LOL

bigdave

May 10th, 2012
8:43 pm

Maaaaaaarvaaaan

Big Lou

May 10th, 2012
8:43 pm

Garnett ain’t sh!t.

Luke Cage

May 10th, 2012
8:43 pm

Man next time just put kg on the floor with a hard foul since he’s getting these ticky tack wack calls

UGAFan

May 10th, 2012
8:44 pm

Marvin don’t wanna get amnestied

Cee

May 10th, 2012
8:44 pm

Come on grandpa

Najeh Davenpoop

May 10th, 2012
8:44 pm

T-Mac wants big men to roll. Should be out there with Ivan, since he’s the only Hawks big man who does that consistently.

Tremaine

May 10th, 2012
8:44 pm

Get Dampier out the game.

Melvin

May 10th, 2012
8:44 pm

Turnovers is killing the Hawks

Big Ray

May 10th, 2012
8:44 pm

Damp forgot the “roll” in pick and roll…

Of course, I can’t blame him. The last three pick and rolls, he was wide a$$ open, and the guards ignored him.

Big Lou

May 10th, 2012
8:44 pm

LD needs to get a starter or two back in.

Blast

May 10th, 2012
8:44 pm

Get the starters back in there! Bench tried, but needs help right now!

Najeh Davenpoop

May 10th, 2012
8:44 pm

Celtics 6/6 FTs, Hawks 1/1 FTs (and that was on a defensive 3 technical)

Rev in Tampa

May 10th, 2012
8:44 pm

Dampier forgot how to roll after the pick

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 10th, 2012
8:45 pm

where the hella is IVAN!!! Put him in for Damp – NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brad

May 10th, 2012
8:45 pm

They need to stop trying to involve dampier in the offense so much

30311

May 10th, 2012
8:45 pm

COME ON DAMP! WAKEUP! TMac set you up with a GREAT pass! COME ON BABY!

Big Lou

May 10th, 2012
8:45 pm

You notice that Doc isn’t up complaining off the bench? I wonder why.

kevkat

May 10th, 2012
8:45 pm

That’s two passes that have been thrown to Damp that been lost..good idea but he doesn’t have the hands or is mobile engough to handle them..

Luke Cage

May 10th, 2012
8:45 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

May 10th, 2012
8:46 pm

Joe should be in the game after this timeout. Everyone else is playing well, but he needs to get going. They are going to need him later in the game. Run some post ups for him.

bigdave

May 10th, 2012
8:46 pm

Don’t mind the turn from mac… show them that, and make the respect it..

30311

May 10th, 2012
8:46 pm

Big Lou

May 10th, 2012
8:46 pm

Najeh

I have a feeling we’re going to see another King vs Lakers differential.

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 10th, 2012
8:46 pm

“Celtics 6/6 FTs, Hawks 1/1 FTs (and that was on a defensive 3 technical)” -Najeh-
________

Then Billy Kennedy must be hittin’ on Doc. (gimme’ some?)

Walt Frazier

May 10th, 2012
8:46 pm

What is wrong with Larry Drew? He has no one on the court that’s a scorer, except McGrady-and they’re not flowing with anything productive. Dampier is too slow and continues to make turnovers. It’s not all his fault, but the other Hawks don’t know his limitations and are passing the ball to him; he’s not looking for the ball (to shoot), so why are they still looking for him?

High-sider

May 10th, 2012
8:46 pm

Let me thaw out, season up and fry up my crow right now. Marvin is ballin’. Let me also get out my Humble pie and [green with envy] Lime Hater-ade [or Hatorade or Hater-aid] with no ice.

Slimjr

May 10th, 2012
8:46 pm

FREE IVAN THE GREAT!

Luke Cage

May 10th, 2012
8:47 pm

Doc’s translation: FOUL THEM

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 10th, 2012
8:47 pm

Hawks 12 rebs
Celtics 7 rebs

Najeh Davenpoop

May 10th, 2012
8:47 pm

NICE DRIVE KIRK! Huge play for momentum. Crowd was just starting to get louder.

Big Lou

May 10th, 2012
8:47 pm

Finally! They get a call!

Admirable SnAckBar

May 10th, 2012
8:48 pm

Slimjr

May 10th, 2012
8:48 pm

Capt KIRK attacking the weak middle! No shot blockers..Attack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bigdave

May 10th, 2012
8:48 pm

Playing dangerously with josh back.. I would’ve come wth joe and saved josh for an Al 2nd foul

DawgNole

May 10th, 2012
8:48 pm

Marvin being Marvin again on that feeble rebound attempt.

Luke Cage

May 10th, 2012
8:48 pm

Get Teague back on rondo

bigdave

May 10th, 2012
8:49 pm

Get joe on the block

Najeh Davenpoop

May 10th, 2012
8:49 pm

2 fouls on Al.

kingd92

May 10th, 2012
8:49 pm

Tmac was +7. why take him out?

bigdave

May 10th, 2012
8:50 pm

Ok.. they gotta call kg the same

Rev in Tampa

May 10th, 2012
8:50 pm

PIERCE WALKED

Najeh Davenpoop

May 10th, 2012
8:50 pm

Joe continues to struggle getting around screens.

drmaryb.(*_*).

May 10th, 2012
8:50 pm

Rondo (2) assts (2) pts

who is stopping him? keep that up!
Hawks in control! Uh oh! PP scores on Kirk! dayum!!!