HAWKS 102 CELTICS 96
I was completely relaxed at about midway through the 2nd and a little way into the third. All of that changed when crap hit the fan after Big Baby getting a flagrent foul called on him. In what was a very questionable call to say the least, Baby got his flagrent, Doc got 2 technicals and was tossed, and to top it off the Celtics assistant coach got a Technical. After all was said and done the Hawks got 5 free throw shots. In a post to come I will gladly write about why Big Baby’s foul WAS a flagrent, for all the wrong reasons.
For now, onto what happened in this game that made it so frustrating. As was mentioned above, the C’s looked as though the game was completely in grasp. They were doing the same thing they did in the game against Toronto, which was letting the Hawks cut into the lead a little, but then stretching it back out into double digits soon thereafter. Well, the Celtics started to play a little sloppy about midway through the third, and the Hawks were going on another mini run. That mini run was extended and enhanced by the above technical foul situations. After that moment, the men in green could never regroup and get their minds straight to pull out the win.
The majority of the Hawks scoring came from Joe Johnson. In a complete role reversal from what I had said in the preview, the Hawks turned one dimensional, AND IT WORKED. Joe Johnson was going one on five, and the Celtics threw out everyone they had at him but just couldnt stop him. He is too tall for Ray Allen, and too quick for Paul Pierce. He causes huge matchup problems for the Celtics especially when he can’t miss. Johnson finished the game with 36 points.
The C’s let yet another win slip through their fingers. The team is not full, as we all know about their countless injuries, yet are still hanging around the top of the standings in both the Eastern Conference, and the entire NBA. What is amazing to me is what this teams record could be, which will also be coming in a post in the next couple of days. For now, the Celtics lost a very tough game to swallow, but they will look to get back at it as they play the lonely (for lack of a better word) New Jersey Nets on Wednesday.
Hawks now 24-13
Celtics now 26-10
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