April 11, 2007
ATLANTA - The Celtics' young players
may still be having some trouble picking up the finer points of the
game, but they seem to have grasped the principles of mathematical
probability.With the Bucks breathing down their necks in the race for
the second-worst record in the NBA and the extra chances in the draft
lottery contained therein, the C's led by as many as 13 points last
night but faltered when necessary against the Hawks, losing 104-96. They
now have a three-game ``lead'' on Milwaukee with five games left,
including one against the Bucks on Friday.
Green, #5, went for a career-high 33 points (beating the 25 he had on
two occasions), but was scoreless over the last 6:38.
the prettiest game, but we got something out of it,'' said coach Doc
Rivers. ``We were trying to get something out of Gerald as a go-to guy.
He did some good things, (but) I thought down the stretch of the game he
settled for jumpers. The lesson we told him after the game was you get
to the foul line. You don't just shoot jumpers.''
message was apparently received, as Green later reiterated Rivers'
points and added, ``I've got to make something happen, man.''
going for 15 points Saturday in Indiana, Leon Powe got his second
straight career high with 19. He and Kevinn Pinkney played the entire
fourth quarter, as Ryan Gomes and Kendrick Perkins remained on the
Tyronn Lue had 13 of his 26 points in that frame to lead the Hawks comeback.