Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics: Live Analysis and Reaction from Game 4
Can the Boston Celtics win Game 4 and take a commanding 3-1 lead in this Eastern Conference playoff series, or will the Atlanta Hawks, bolstered by the return of Josh Smith, steal a game and even up the series?
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This game is mercifully over as the Hawks fail to even stay within 20 points of the Boston Celtics at the final buzzer.
Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce were absolutely dominant tonight and got to take the fourth quarter off as a reward for their hard work. While the former had 20 points and 16 assists, the latter fought through a knee injury to score 24 points in only 17 minutes
My summary for the Hawks is as follows: their wings were clipped from the very start and cut off at about halftime.
Until next time.
Ivan Johnson might very well be the most well-known player on the court right now.
Boston 101, Atlanta 78 with 1:51 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Erick Dampier has now made three baskets for the Atlanta Hawks in back-to-back games.
Yes, this is the same big man who made one field goal all season.
Boston 98, Atlanta 78 with 2:00 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Keyon Dooling, Marquis Daniels, Sasha Pavlovic, Ryan Hollins and Greg Siemsma are currently on the court for the Celtics.
It is safe to say that this game is over, especially because the Hawks can't manage to score against this lineup.
Here's an interesting way to summarize what's happening.
I'm quickly running out of things to say about this game. There is no longer any intrigue.
How many more ways can I say, "The Hawks missed a shot" or "the Celtics made one?"
Boston 98, Atlanta 69 with remaining in the fourth quarter.
A Boston Celtics-themed commercial for the NBA coming across my TV screen seems quite appropriate right now.
Boston 96, Atlanta 67 with 8:22 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The lack of Ivan Johnson has clearly made the difference for the Atlanta Hawks.
Rajon Rondo's jumper is still working as we move into the fourth quarter.
Boston 94, Atlanta 67 with 9:54 remaining in the fourth quarter.
We had to get at least one behind-the-back fake from Rajon Rondo in during this game. It wouldn't have felt right otherwise.
Unlike in Game 3 through, Rondo actually converted the layup this time.
The third quarter closes as Marvin Williams is fouled on a desperation heave from deep. Something tells me that Greg Stiemsma is getting an earful from Doc Rivers as Williams drops all three of his free throws.
Boston 90, Atlanta 63 at the end of the third quarter.
Rajon Rondo ends a kinda big Atlanta Hawks run by making a shot clock-beating three-pointer.
Boston 85, Atlanta 60 with 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
And this tweet just about says it all.
You know you've played well in the first half when your best player is on the stationary bike and you've missed seven-straight shots, but you're still up by 27 points.
Boston 82, Atlanta 55 with 2:45 remaining in the third quarter.
Not Bill Walton has been impressed with Paul Pierce's performance tonight.
It's all about baby steps for the Hawks right now.
After corralling yet another offensive rebound, Josh Smith hits a runner to cut the lead to...31 points.
Boston 82, Atlanta 51 with 4:36 remaining in the third quarter.
It is good to see Al Horford making a nice post move to get into double-figures.
Boston 82, Atlanta 47 with 6:07 remaining in the third quarter.
And turning it over, as Josh Smith passes the ball right to Kevin Garnett.
Boston 80, Atlanta 45 with 6:28 remaining in the third quarter.
Problem is, to work their way back into the game, the Hawks have to actually make shots.
That clearly isn't going to happen as they're missing shots left and right.
So, there's still time for the Hawks to make a comeback, right?
Boston 80, Atlanta 45 with 7:37 remaining in the third quarter.
This is absolutely ridiculous.
Kevin Garnett just drained a shot with his foot on the three-point arc as the shot-clock ran out. Boston has now made seven buckets in a row.
Boston 79, Atlanta 43 with 8:24 remaining in the third quarter.
Well, the waved off three was made up for as Pierce drills another shot. The Celtics have now made six shots in a row and have extended the lead to over 30 points.
Boston 77, Atlanta 43 with 8:33 remaining in the third quarter.
Paul Pierce's balky knee clearly ins't bothering him too much, no matter how he milks it. The Truth just knocked down yet another three and now has 21 points in the game.
On the following possession, he hit another one, but it was waved off as a foul on Joe Johnson occurred just prior to the shot.
Boston 72, Atlanta 43 with 9:30 remaining in the third quarter.
And of course the Celtics open the first-half with a three-pointer and then a defensive stop.
Boston 67, Atlanta 41 with 11:00 remaining in the third quarter.
This is why the Hawks need a small forward in the draft or in free agency.
Correction: 64-41 in Boston's favor at the half.
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