RECAP: Celtics 118, Hawks 107

Raj Prashad —  March 29, 2013


BOS(38-34) 118 – 107 (40-33) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Teague (ATL): 17 pts, 2 reb, 7 ast, 2 stl
P. Pierce (BOS): 20 pts, 10 reb, 10 ast

Just one game after clinching a berth in the playoffs, the Hawks rested Al Horford (stomach virus) and Devin Harris (ankle) in a losing effort to the Boston Celtics. Atlanta traded leads with Boston for much of the first half, eventually allowing the Celtics to build a 10-point lead at the half and hold on for the home win. Boston owns the season series, 3-1, with their only loss coming from a 27-point comeback at Philips Arena in January.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Josh Smith: It was truly a tale of two halves for the free-shooting power forward. Smith connected on 41 percent of his shots in the first half, notching 16 points and four rebounds. In just 12 minutes after halftime, Smith missed all six shots he took and sat for the entirety of the fourth quarter with the rest of the starters.  7/10

Ivan Johnson: Poor Ivan Johnson was on the receiving end of a career game from Celtics’ big man Shavlik Randolph, who had a game-high 13 rebounds. Johnson registered five points and five boards in 21 minutes, so it was a pretty ordinary night for the forward. But his inability to play uptempo and contain Boston’s bigs made him a liability on the floor. 5/10

DeShawn Stevenson: Stevenson finished a team-worst -20 in plus/minus on the court and was ripped apart by Boston’s veteran, Paul Pierce. 4/10

Jeff Teague: Teague continues to surprise when matched up against some of the best defenders in the league. On a night where his teammates failed to show up, Teague took control of the Atlanta offense from the tip. His shot selection was aggressive, he gambled for smart attempts and he gave Avery Bradley fits throughout the evening. 8.5/10

Johan Petro: Not really sure what Larry Drew wants from Petro to get him more minutes. In just 12 minutes (the second fewest on the night), Petro grabbed seven boards and scored four points. 7.5/10

Kyle Korver: 66 games now from Korver in which he’s hit a trey. The remarkable streak doesn’t overlook his modest seven points, three rebounds and three assists over 27 minutes, though. 5/10

Anthony Tolliver: Tolliver knocked down a couple of big 3-pointers as the Hawks made their fourth quarter run. He dropped in 14 points and snatched seven rebounds off the bench. 6/10

Dahntay Jones: Jones played 16 minutes off the bench and looked much like the defensive stopper the Hawks would need against Pierce. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late, as Jones saw only four minutes on the floor before playing all 12 in the fourth. 6/10

Shelvin Mack: Mack played a really even game throughout the evening, pushing the Hawks into contention in the fourth quarter before they ultimately fell short. He had 12 points and nine assists in one of his better games this season. 7.5/10

Mike Scott: Scott had a team-high 19 points, but admittedly struggled getting lost on assignments and protecting the glass. If he hopes to get an increase in minutes, he’ll have to tune his game off the ball. 7/10

John Jenkins: Jenkins suffered a concussion after just three minutes on the floor. He did not return. 2/10

Larry Drew: Drew had some coaching lapses against Boston, but it very well could have been resting his guys down the stretch. The Hawks have already locked a spot in the playoffs, so Drew’s decision to rest his starters in the fourth makes sense. However, seeing Petro playing at a high level and waiting until the fourth to use Jones’ defensive abilities against Pierce made little sense. 6/10

The opposition: Jeff Green and Pierce really dominated the ball for Boston, combining for 47 points in a strong outing. Randolph was huge on the boards, Jason Terry dropped in a bench-high 24 points and the Celtics won a game they needed. 8/10


Next: Atlanta vs. Orlando, Saturday, March 30

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5 responses to RECAP: Celtics 118, Hawks 107

  1. Josh Smith stinks.

  2. josh smith gets a 7/10?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!? give me a break.

  3. 30% from the field.

    20% from 3 pt range.

    8% on long 2s.

    Leading the team in turnovers.

    Why do you coddle this guy Raj?

  4. Josh played a great first half and was pretty solid on the defensive side of the ball. He sat for the entire fourth quarter, so I gave him some room to work with.

  5. Even if the Heat get past the Celtics.(NOT SAYING THEY ARE GOING TO GET PAST EM, cuz dey not) They can’t beat no one in the Western Conference, thus another feilad season.letz go celtics! woot woot