|11.12.08 at 6:36 pm ET|
The Celtics starters couldn’t get the lead.
The second unit, who has been so reliable, couldn’t take the game back either.
Down 13 in the second quarter, the starting five is back in the game in efforts to save the last few minutes of the half.
Ray Allen has the hot hand for the Celtics right now and they are chipping away at the double-digit deficit.
|11.12.08 at 6:27 pm ET|
|11.12.08 at 6:26 pm ET|
On Monday night I mentioned the Garden’s newest karaoke star, a lip-synching-inclined fan who put on quite the show to Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” during the Pacers game.
Today his performance was re-aired on the Jumbotron during a second quarter timeout. This time the Celtics enjoyed the show. Ray Allen, Patrick O’Bryant, Bill Walker, Sam Cassell, and J.R. Giddens looked on … probably in confusion.
|11.12.08 at 6:15 pm ET|
Last season one of the most impressive factors of the Hawks series against the Celtics was their youth and inexperience. This summer, however, they have added veteran leadership to their bench. Mo Evans and Flip Murray pushed their younger teammates during training camp and are one of the reasons why head coach Mike Woodson thinks the Hawks have been so successful. With Murray and Evans on the court, the Hawks stopped a Celtics run to cap off the first quarter with a three-point dagger from Murray.
At the end of the first quarter … Hawks 31, Celtics 24
|11.12.08 at 5:53 pm ET|
Did you hear that?
It’s the boos resonating from the crowd on Mike Bibby’s first possession.
There was a postseason atmosphere before tip-off which was only heightened by Kevin Garnett’s encouragement of the crowd. Only this time, the Hawks have come out swinging first. Joe Johnson is still out to beat the Celtics on the offensive end and is leading his team to an early lead.
Doc Rivers called a timeout down 17-11 with six minutes to go in the first quarter. Yes, another first quarter deficit. This is becoming the norm for the Cs, echoing Rivers comments of inconsistency from the starting five.
So far Monday’s hero Paul Pierce is scoreless. Let’s see if the Celtics can get it going …
|11.12.08 at 4:57 pm ET|
The last time the Atlanta Hawks left the Garden, they had just been steamrolled in a dramatic Game 7 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Tonight a more mature team is back in the building in hopes of keeping their undefeated season alive. It’s role reversal, with the Celtics looking to play the spoiler.
Hawks head coach Mike Woodson said the series left a “nice taste in their mouth” and his team is hungry for a win. He admits that the Hawks would not be 6-0 if it weren’t for that battle, but Ray Allen isn’t taking responsibility for their early success. Allen knew the team was talented last season before the Celtics faced them.
Keep an eye on Al Horford, who is riding the momentum of last night’s 27-point, 17-rebound performance against former Florida teammate Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls. Horford knows the Celtics fans still remember his tiffs with the Celtics and feeds off the energy of a high-pressure game.
I’ll be bringing you all the action from the TD BankNorth Garden so check back regularly for updates.
|11.11.08 at 1:24 pm ET|
All five members of the Boston Celtics starting lineup will be named to the 2009 All-Star ballot today, presented by T-Mobile. The ballot will be unveiled today during a special kick-off ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, and Kendrick Perkins are all up for spots on the Eastern Conference team. The Big Three participated in last year’s game (Allen was a replacement for Caron Butler) while Rondo and Perkins have never been named to the team.
The All-Star Game will be held February 15 at the US Airways Center. Voting will begin on Thursday, November 13 and run through mid-January. This season fans will be able to cast their votes in every NBA arena, online at NBA.com in several different languages, and via cell phone.
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