CELTICS 91 HAWKS 100
In what I never planned on happening when the season began, the Hawks have officially swept the season series from the Celtics. The Hawks, but more specifically Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford, completely outplayed the Celtics all night. Johnson finished with 27 and Crawford with 28. The C’s jumped out to an early lead in the first as they usually do, but in a habit they would hate to break, quickly allowed for that lead to be completely erased as they finished the first quarter behind by 1.
From that point until about midway through the third, the Celtics couldn’t find a way to pull tthe game very close. They got it respectable at times, but usually held onto a defecit of 10 or more. Then, late in the third they began to make their run. With a strong effort from Paul Pierce (35 Points) the Celtics cut the Hawks lead to 1 going into the 4th. Unfortunately, as the fourth quarter progressed the team could never grab ahold of the lead. They surely had their chances, but couldn’t get the job done.
Kevin Garnett had a decent game, but surely not one of his best. Ray Allen dropped off from his great night he had last night. Even Rajon Rondo has been on the decline the past couple of nights after the long stretch of games he had going where we began to get used to how great of a player he was. Tonight Rondo only finished with 6 points and 8 assists.
A victory on Sunday against the Lakers would make up for these 2 losses. If the Celtics let the game play out on Sunday the way they have the past 2, they will get smoked on their home floor against the defending champs. They have to figure something out to spare themselves the embarassment of losing 3 straight games, in a set of games where they were SUPPOSED to prove their dominance. Instead, they have proven thus far, that they are not yet capable of being considered a top tier team.
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