You could argue that the win in Cleveland was bigger. But it was the first game of the year, Cleveland lost, and they've recovered nicely since, making that first game almost meaningless. You could argue that the win in Orlando was bigger, and, indeed, it was nice payback for the loss they inflicted on us at home. But we won in Orlando without KG last year in the playoffs, and the Poodles still have that "not ready for prime time" feel about them.
On the other hand, we know the Hawks can give us trouble in the playoffs, as evidenced two years ago, when they took a younger, healthier, and more dominant Celtics team to 7 games in the first round. Now the Hawks have a win under their belts against us in Boston, something they couldn't accomplish any time in the last two years. So Boston really needs to return the favor tonight, and then hold serve Monday when Atlanta comes to the Gahden. We lose tonight, and all of a sudden Monday's game gives Atlanta the opportunity to go up 3-0 against us, and that wouldn't be a good thing against a very likely playoff opponent.
I might also add that Cleveland just beat Atlanta twice in two nights, so anything less than two wins for Boston should be frowned upon.
Vegas has Atlanta favored by three.
|· Paul Pierce SF - Jan 6: Day-to-Day|
· Kendrick Perkins C - Jan 6: Day-to-Day
· Rajon Rondo PG - Jan 6: Day-to-Day
· Marquis Daniels SG - Jan 6: OUT
· Kevin Garnett PF - Jan 6: OUT
· Eddie House PG - Jan 6: Day-to-Day
|No significant injuries|
|POS||BOSTON (PPG)||ATLANTA (PPG)|
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· Team rosters: Boston | Atlanta
|Team Stat Leaders|
|Points||P. Pierce 18.1||J. Johnson 21.5|
|Rebounds||K. Perkins 8.1||A. Horford 9.9|
|Assists||R. Rondo 9.6||J. Johnson 4.9|
|Steals||R. Rondo 2.6||J. Smith 1.6|
|Blocks||K. Perkins 2.0||J. Smith 2.2|
|· Team stats: Boston | Atlanta|