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.