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RECAP: Celtics 115, Hawks 104

Bo Churney —  February 27, 2014

FINAL

BOS(20-39) 115 – 104 (26-31)ATL

Key Performers:
R. Rondo (BOS): 22 pts, 11 ast, 3 stl
D. Carroll (ATL): 24 pts, 7 reb
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Ah, another year, another time the Hawks hoodwink us into thinking they can win in Boston. Atlanta came out red-hot in the first quarter, sinking their first six shots from the field. At one point, the Hawks led the Celtics 23-8. However, Boston then used their own run to get back into the game, finishing the quarter 17-4 to only trail by two point by the end of the quarter. The game essentially stayed within a couple of possessions for the rest of the game until Jerryd Bayless and Rondo were finally able to sink enough shots to pull away. Bayless finished with 29 points, just two shy of his career high. He hit a couple of contested looks, but the Hawks just simply lost him on some screens where Bayless was the ball-handler and he just pulled up and knocked down open shots.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Jeff Teague: This was very similar to Jeff’s game against the Bulls. He was able to get switched up against a Boston big-man and then used his speed and tricky dribble to get into the lane and score. Jeff finished with 26 points on 18 shots, which is great, but he couldn’t use his same dribbling tricks to create for his teammates. Boston did well at forcing Teague to put the ball up in several situations and because of it, Jeff wasn’t really looking to make plays as much. He also let Jerryd Bayless torch him. Jerryd Bayless!!!! 7/10

DeMarre Carroll: DeMarre was carrying the team’s scoring load in the first half, where he had 17 points in just those two quarters. The Celtics did a better job at preventing him from getting open looks in the second half, but having DeMarre score 24 point should usually be a coup for the Atlanta offense. On defense, Carroll got most of his minutes at power forward and even played center for a stretch. That reminds me, have I talked about how injuries have decimated this team yet. THEY WERE FORCED TO PLAY DEMARRE CARROLL AT CENTER! 8/10

Kyle Korver: The streak is off to 126, as Kyle got that problem out of the way rather early. He hit four threes against the Celtics and finished with 17 points overall. He also had a weird, Dream Shake-ish looking up-and-under in the third quarter that I didn’t even know Kyle was capable of doing. 7/10

Elton Brand: No 40 minutes for Elton on this night. Nope, he only played 34 against Boston’s relatively small frontcourt… and it probably would have been better if he could play more. Without Brand, the Hawks were playing either Mike Scott or DeMarre (like seriously, they actually had to do this) at center and it just didn’t work; the Hawks were absolutely destroyed on the boards when Brand wasn’t in the game. Elton’s overall line of 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and five blocks was pretty great, but the three turnovers are a bit too much and he really just looked exhausted at the end of the game and his defense finally started to yield points. 7.5/10

Shelvin Mack: With Teague getting mismatches for a bunch of the night, Shelvin was more in the role of the team’s primary playmaker and it didn’t work out that well. He did have eight assists, but the added responsibility also meant that Mack couldn’t be the more conservative guy that he wants to be; he had four of the Hawks’ 18 turnovers, which is way too many giveaways. Shelvin also had an off night from the floor, only going 1-for-5 from the field. 5.5/10 Continue Reading…

At the start of the Hawks’ game against Chicago, DeMarre Carroll pulled defensive stud Jimmy Butler away from a Paul Millsap screen and pop action happening on the other end of the floor with the threat of an open three, leading to a wide open jumper on Atlanta’s first offensive possession. On the other end, he then suffocated what should have been a wide open Butler jumper; later in the shot clock, he got right in the way of a rolling Joakim Noah, forcing a pass out. Back on offense, Kyle Korver found a seam in the middle of the floor thanks to a Carroll screen, demanding Chicago’s attention as Millsap found himself wide open in the paint for a layup. Following a Bulls miss, Carroll leaked ahead of the retreating Chicago defenders for two points.

He did all of those things in just the first two minutes of Atlanta’s 100-85 loss in Chicago. His final stats weren’t eye-opening – 11 points, 5-for-10 shooting, two rebounds and two dimes – nor are his season averages of 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds a night. However, these statistics cloud Carroll’s game-changing impact on this Hawks team, as well as what should be serious contention for the Most Improved Player award.

Consider Carroll’s career history prior to this season: four years, four teams, 173 total games played and just 22 starts. Carroll has over twice as many starts this season alone, playing a career-high 31.2 minutes per game with his next highest mark being 16.8 a contest. This leap in playing time for nomadic young players would normally result in poor production. Normally. Continue Reading…

RECAP: Hawks 92, Celtics 91

Raj Prashad —  December 31, 2013

FINAL

BOS(13-18) 91 – 92 (18-14) ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 34 pts, 15 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk
K. Olynyk (BOS): 21 pts, 4 reb, 5 ast, 2 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

For much of the afternoon, the Hawks, as a team, couldn’t get anything in the basket. After falling back by 18 points in the second quarter, Atlanta bounced back and used a 30-6 run to fight through the third quarter. Using great defense on a buzzer-beating Jordan Crawford attempt and a strong individual effort from Paul Millsap, the Hawks fought back for a strong win on the road.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Atlanta can’t count on this every night from Millsap, but the forward was fantastic yet again as Al Horford’s replacement. He scored a season-high 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the win. This was just the second 30-point/15-board game of Millsap’s career, but he definitely made it count. 10/10

Jeff Teague: The point guard woke up in the second half, scoring 12 points and grabbing six rebounds in the final two quarters alone. He also played fantastic defense on Jordan Crawford, stifling Boston’s point guard for much of the afternoon. 8/10

Elton Brand: Brand looked tired again, unable to keep up with Boston’s bigs in the paint. He had just four points and one rebound in 12 minutes. 4/10

Mike Scott: Coach Bud continues to shuffle Atlanta’s lineups in Horford’s absence, this time pushing Scott in as a starter. The forward responded with a tough shooting night, notching eight points on 12 shots and seven rebounds. It will be interesting to see how much time he will get at the 3-position, something Coach Bud initially didn’t want him to do, going forward. 5/10

Kyle Korver: It took until the fourth quarter, but Korver finally knocked down a three to extend his streak to 101 games with a make from distance. The sharpshooter turned that into a four-point play, drawing a foul and igniting Atlanta’s offense to the win. He never forced the ball, instead making the right passes and looking for better shots for his teammates despite the streak hanging over his head. 7/10 Continue Reading…

HH Team Preview: Boston Celtics

Raj Prashad —  September 13, 2013

2012-13 Record: 41-40 (7th in East)boston-celtics-logo-22

Playoff Result: Lost in First Round

Key Additions: Kelly Olynyk (draft), Gerald Wallace (trade), Kris Humphries (trade), Brad Stevens (coach)

Key Losses: Paul Pierce (trade), Kevin Garnett (trade), Doc Rivers (trade), Jason Terry (trade)

Predicted 2013-14 Record: 25-57 (13th in East)*

What to Expect: Boston faces their first year of a full rebuild. Gone are veterans Pierce and Garnett along with former head coach Doc Rivers.

The Celtics face a tough season of growing pains with a young core of developing players and injured stars. Rajon Rondo will be returning from an ACL tear that put him on the shelf midway through last year. Jared Sullinger underwent back surgery days after the team found out about Rondo’s knee. Rookie stud Kelly Olynyk is currently dealing with plantar fasciitis, forcing him to miss playing for the Canadian national team this summer.

This is also a team that struggled mightily on the defensive end with Garnett on the bench. They could rank near the worst in the league, defensively, while they attempt to establish a new identity under Stevens. It will also be interesting to see how the offense develops early on, with Rondo assumingly still recovering from his knee injury. Continue Reading…