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Post by gyso on Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:50 am

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by gyso on Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:50 am

Eastern Quarterfinals Series (First Round): (#5) Boston Celtics at (#4) Atlanta Hawks (Atlanta leads 1-0)

Saturday, April 19, 2016 at Philips Arena

Tipoff: 7:00 PM ET

TV: ESPN, FSS, C+ D, CSNNE (Pre-game show starts at 6:30 PM)

http://www.csnne.com/ontv

Game Preview, box score and (after the game) postgame wrap-up:

https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boston-celtics-atlanta-hawks-2016041901/


Celtics-Hawks preview: Chance to take home court advantage

http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/celtics-hawks-preview-chance-take-home-court-advantage

ATLANTA – As disappointed as the Boston Celtics were in losing Game 1 on Saturday, there’s still time to salvage this series and achieve what they came for – to steal away home court advantage.

A victory tonight in Game 2 would do just that, although accomplishing that will be no small feat.

The Celtics must eliminate the up-and-down, helter-skelter brand of basketball they played in Game 1 which saw a wonderful stretch of play by the Green Team in the second half come on the heels of a woeful first half of play that ultimately put them in the kind of hole they couldn’t crawl their way out of completely.

“That’s the way we have to play to be successful,” Boston’s Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com. “But we can’t just do it for a half. That’s not going to be enough to get the job done.”

Especially against an Atlanta Hawks team which has been among the NBA’s top defensive clubs this season.

They rank high in several defensive categories which includes allowing opponents to shoot a league-low 43.2 percent from the field.

In Boston’s Game 1 loss, the Celtics connected on just 36.3 percent of their shots.

Improving on that won’t be easy for the Celtics, especially without their second-leading scorer Avery Bradley on the floor.

Bradley, who averaged a career-high 15.2 points per game this season, suffered a strained right hamstring injury that will keep him sidelined for Game 2 and in all likelihood the rest of this first round series.

Atlanta center Al Horford said Bradley’s injury won’t have any effect on the Hawks' approach to Game 2.

“We have to go out and do what we do,” Horford said. “It’s unfortunate about Avery. But we have to go out and play our game. We have to play our style.”

Offensively it’s taking advantage of a defense that quickly shifts to offense out of turnovers and missed shots. Atlanta’s style also involves forcing ball-handlers into where the help defense is established. In addition, the Hawks pack the paint and all but dare you to beat them with jumpers.

Boston got a number of open looks at the rim that simply didn’t go down for the Celtics.

According to NBA.com/stats, the Celtics shot just 17.4 percent from the field on “open” shots which they characterized as field goal attempts in which the nearest defender was 4-6 feet away.

They also broke it down into “open” 2-pointers and 3s with the Celtics ranking 16th (dead last) and 15th, respectively, among the 16 playoff teams.

That’s in part why despite looking at a 1-0 series deficit, the Celtics aren’t overly concerned about making too many changes.

Because after reviewing the game, the consensus among players is that Game 1 was them simply not making shots that they otherwise should have made.

So the Xs and Os aspect of the game seems to be in good shape. It’s now a matter of executing plays all the way through to the end which for Boston offensively, should equate to more baskets made.

And that would put them in great position to return to Boston for Game 3 on Friday with the one thing they came for – a victory that would swing home court advantage in their favor.

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobheckler on Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:56 pm

1 min ago – via Twitter ESPNForsberg
Chris Forsberg: Brad Stevens on Kelly Olynyk: “He was in a pretty significant amount of pain. His health is of ultra importance.”


1 min ago – via Twitter AdamHimmelsbach
Adam Himmelsbach: Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is out, Brad Stevens says. Big hit for the Celtics.



So we're down Bradley, Kelly and Jae is still slowed by his injury.

This was already a tough series to get over, it just became a mountain.

On the bright side, we'll get to see Rozier for sure, maybe RJ and possibly, maybe, conceivably, Jordan Mickey.

Who wants it? Who needs it? Who will do what it takes to get it?

Who has ganas?


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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobc33 on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:13 pm

Smart hurt???
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobheckler on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:13 pm

how about some defense, Sully?
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobc33 on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:14 pm

Thought Smart got kneed in the jewels but not the case, in a lot of pain.  RJ Hunter next man up to steal a Patriots phrase.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobheckler on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:15 pm

Great. Now maybe we're down Smart too.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobheckler on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:15 pm

bobc33 wrote:Thought Smart got kneed in the jewels but not the case, in a lot of pain.  RJ Hunter next man up to steal a Patriots phrase.


Hi Bob.

This could get very ugly.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobc33 on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:16 pm

Smart back in???
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by Berlin-T on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:16 pm

Evening everyone,

So Smart is down. Our wounded Ducks are most likely going to end up as dinner for the Hawks. Can it get any tougher?

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobc33 on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:17 pm

bobheckler wrote:
bobc33 wrote:Thought Smart got kneed in the jewels but not the case, in a lot of pain.  RJ Hunter next man up to steal a Patriots phrase.


Hi Bob.

This could get very ugly.

Your first post was on the money. "Who wants it......"
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobheckler on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:18 pm

Berlin-T wrote:Evening everyone,

So Smart is down. Our wounded Ducks are most likely going to end up as dinner for the Hawks. Can it get any tougher?

Berlin-T


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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:18 pm

Good evening all. Awful start, what is it with this team and the first quarter. This has been a terrible habit we got into a long time ago


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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobheckler on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:19 pm

I watched some of the shooting drills before the game. Jae and IT weren't working very hard. Jae was taking fun shots, and not focusing well.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:20 pm

IT pulling the string on his shots, front rimming them. This is already ugly
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobc33 on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:21 pm

Bob Scal heard you. Said this is getting ugly real quick.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobheckler on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:21 pm

Smart has been repeatedly abused on defense.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:22 pm

Crap
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobc33 on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:23 pm

Sign right behind the Celtics bench = "Free Tom Brady"
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobheckler on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:23 pm

Bad defense by IT.

Zeller in.

Brad throwing darts
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobc33 on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:24 pm

Celts are out to lunch! Teague almost stole it while the Celts were dozing!
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by Berlin-T on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:24 pm

21-3  Hawks. This is painful to watch. IT coming up small when he needs to come up big.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by bobc33 on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:25 pm

Rozier in, Zeller in. Brad trying to find a way.....
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by cowens/oldschool on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:28 pm

I think we need a bigger boat
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Hawks - April 19, 2016 - Game 2 Eastern Quarterfinals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:29 pm

We need some one who really wants to shoot, put in RJ
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