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  1. Tuesday And-1 links: Joe Johnson wants the rock more

    May 8, 2012, 11:09 AM EST

    Joe Johnson

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Joe Johnson wants more touches in the Hawks offense. He only had 8…

  2. Celtics obliterate Hawks, head to Atlanta with 3-1 lead in series

    May 6, 2012, 10:04 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    The Atlanta Hawks were able to pick up a victory in the opening game of their NBA Playoffs series against the Boston Celtics, but after watching Sunday evening’s game, it seems as though that might be the only win they post this postseason. The Celtics were able to get their offense going from the get-go…

  3. Celtics could cripple Hawks with another win to end the weekend

    May 6, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    NBA: Playoffs-Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics

    The Boston Celtics haven’t played exceptional basketball during their NBA Playoffs series against the Atlanta Hawks, but they’ve got the job done well enough to take a 2-1 lead heading into Sunday evening’s game at the Garden. Atlanta’s going to have to come up with some road magic of their own to end the weekend,…

  4. Josh Smith says he’ll play in Sunday’s Game 4 vs. Celtics

    May 5, 2012, 1:53 PM EST

    Josh Smith

    Atlanta fared surprisingly well in Game 3 without Josh Smith, losing a closer-than-expected contest to a Celtics team that saw both Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen return to the lineup. The Hawks won’t have to go without him again in Game 4, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com: Josh Smith acknowledges the left knee sprain…

  5. Avery Bradley injures shoulder in Game 3 vs. Hawks

    May 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Avery-Bradley

    Avery Bradley has been a huge contributor for the Celtics this season, filling in for both Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen who have missed time with injuries. He’s a dogged defender and can attack the rim with his athleticism. He’s fought a shoulder injury all season, however, and on Friday, re-injured it against the Hawks.…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Rajon Rondo’s triple-double helps Celtics to overtime victory over Hawks

    May 4, 2012, 10:43 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    The Boston Celtics looked anything but exceptional in the first half of Friday night’s Game 3 against the Atlanta Hawks, but Rajon Rondo was able to find his rhythm in the second half as the hosting Celtics needed overtime to pick up a win in their first game at home in the Garden this postseason.…

  7. Tracy McGrady had impressive first half for Hawks before spraining his ankle

    May 4, 2012, 9:06 PM EST

    NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks

    The Atlanta Hawks were definitely expected to struggle on Friday night when they found out that Josh Smith would be missing in action for Game 3 against the Boston Celtics. They didn’t really feel his absence in the first half, however, thanks to Tracy McGrady turning back the hands of time once he was summoned…

  8. With Josh Smith out due to injury, Hawks need someone to step up in Game 3 against Celtics

    May 4, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

    Ivan Johnson and Paul Pierce

    The Boston Celtics picked up a solid victory without Rajon Rondo in the lineup earlier this week in Atlanta, evening their series against the Hawks at one game apiece. One has to wonder, then, what might happen on Friday night now that momentum is in the favor of the Celtics, the game will be in…

  9. Hawks’ Stackhouse picks Heat to win NBA title. Bet his teammates love that.

    May 4, 2012, 12:04 AM EST

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Sure, he’s saying what a lot of players are thinking. But you’re not supposed to say it. If you’re an NBA team in the playoffs and someone asks you who is going to win the title you name your team. So, for example, if you’re Jerry Stackhouse and you’re asked, you pick the Hawks. That’s…

  10. MRI confirms Hawks’ Smith has sprained knee, doubtful for Game 3

    May 2, 2012, 3:24 PM EST

    Josh Smith

    The Boston Celtics just won a game in this series without one of their key players, now the Hawks have to try and do it. An MRI confirmed what has earlier been thought — Hawks forward Josh Smith has a sprained left knee and is doubtful for Game 3 in Boston, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.…

  11. Hawks’ Josh Smith sprains knee, questionable for Game 3

    May 2, 2012, 8:46 AM EST

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    The Hawks have enough trouble after a Celtics team without Rajon Rondo evened the series Tuesday night, now they may have to go without one of their two best players. Josh Smith left the court with 4:20 remaining after a collision with Kevin Garnett (video is below) and did not return. While this is not…

  12. Paul Pierce wills Boston Celtics to victory, ties series with Atlanta Hawks

    May 1, 2012, 10:49 PM EST

    paul pierce

    The Atlanta Hawks looked like a solid basketball team for about 35 minutes of Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Celtics, the team in danger of falling behind 2-0 in the seven-game series when they were forced to play without their starting backcourt. The Celtics looked like they’d return to Boston in a hole after…

  13. No Rondo, but Boston still dangerous against Hawks in Game 2

    May 1, 2012, 2:57 PM EST

    Celtics forward Garnett sits on the court in the closing minutes of their loss to the Hawks during Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    It can happen. For one game, the Boston Celtics can beat the Atlanta Hawks while Rajon Rondo sits at the hotel, suspended for bumping an official. It would Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett would need to bounce back with huge games, it would mean the Celtics bench would have to step up. But it could…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Hawks take Game 1, scoff at the notion of unsustainable offense

    Apr 29, 2012, 10:31 PM EST

    Josh Smith

    After years of watching the Atlanta Hawks operate within a zone of improbability, you’d think we might be better prepared to see them again best a sure favorite. Yet here we are, as dumbstruck as the now 0-1 Boston Celtics. Atlanta didn’t stumble into a revelation of efficiency or make a crucial late-season addition. They…

  15. NBA Playoff Preview: Boston vs. Atlanta

    Apr 27, 2012, 1:47 AM EST

    Rajon Rondo, Jeff Teague

    SEASON RECORDS Hawks: 40-26 (No. 4 seed) Celtics: 39-27 (No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Boston won the first two games of a three-game regular season series by a total of five points. The Hawks’ victory came when the most was on the line, however, as Atlanta upended a short-handed Celtics team last Friday to give…

  16. Bobcats lose 23rd straight, fall to Knicks to set record for futility

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:43 PM EST

    Knicks Bobcats Basketball

    The Charlotte Bobcats are the worst team in NBA history. Charlotte fell to the Knicks by 20 points, 104-84, on a night when the Knicks basically gave their best players a night off. On a night the Bobcats should have played with desperation, they were passive and just missed good looks. It was their 23rd…

  17. PBT Extra: Previewing Celtics/Hawks with Jessica Camerato

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:13 PM EST

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    Jessica Camerato, who writes about the Celtics for CSNNE.com — and who you should be following on twitter @jcameratonba — called in to the PBT Studio BatPhone and broke down Celtics vs. Hawks in the first round. (Yes, we have a BatPhone, you got a problem with that?) She discusses the Celtics health (really, the…

  18. He’s out. No, he’s in. No, wait, Hawks’ Horford is out vs. Celtics.

    Apr 25, 2012, 1:46 PM EST

    Al Horford

    First came Al Horford himself saying that he didn’t think he could go in the first round of the playoffs when his Hawks take on the Celtics. Then, less than 24 hours later, he said he got clearance from a doctor to play 15 minutes a game. Then Wednesday comes this from Michael Cunningham of…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Jazz in, Clippers fall to Hawks

    Apr 25, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    What you missed while thinking that if this cow tells the others what is going on at McDonald’s there is going to be a revolt…. Jazz 100, Suns 87: And the Jazz are in the playoffs while the Suns can start worrying about where Steve Nash will play next season. Our man Brett Pollakoff broke…

  20. Now Al Horford says he will be back for playoffs

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:17 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Remember when earlier today we passed along the note that Hawks center Al Horford told Marc Spears of Yahoo that he was not going to play in the first round of the playoffs against the Celtics? Well…. never mind. Horford met with a doctor then contacted Spears again with a change of mind. Al Horford…

  21. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs close out season riding high

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:02 PM EST

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    This is it, our final power rankings of the season. Usually I’d have them ranked in the order I would rank championship contenders, but this year any of the top four could win a chip and I wouldn’t be surprised. Hard to rank teams at the end of the season with everyone coasting and resting…

  22. Hawks’ Horford says he doesn’t expect to return for playoffs

    Apr 23, 2012, 1:34 PM EST

    Al Horford

    The path for Atlanta to beat Boston in the first round of the playoffs just got harder. The Hawks are going to have to do it without their best player, center Al Horford. He had been out for much of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. The hope was that he could return for…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Knicks, Heat win, can start thinking showdown

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:06 AM EST

    Tristan Thompson, Amare Stoudemire

    What you missed while figuring out why ice cream causes brain freeze… Lakers 114, Thunder 106 (2OT): There was a game, too, not just an elbow. The Lakers got a win that can give them some confidence for a potential playoff meeting between these teams — but can they replicate this recipe for success? Our…

  24. Video: Johnson to Johnson dunk for Hawks

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:21 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    It’s a lot easier to make plays against the Celtics when pretty much everyone you can name on the team is sitting the game out. Still, fun little play for the Hawks, Joe Johnson to Ivan Johnson on the break. Just don’t expect Joe to make that pass in crunch time.

  25. Friday And-1 links: Kevin Love’s new look is… interesting

    Apr 20, 2012, 12:33 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Kevin Love has a porn-stache now. Apparently the effects of that concussion were…

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