Celtics look to close
Boston has an opportunity to close the door on the Hawks tonight in game-6 to avoid having the go back to Atlanta for game-7.
It looked like they were going to do it last game, but Al Horford came up with a great performance and the Hawks won the game by one point as Rondo couldn’t handle the stolen pass to win the game.
Celtics boast one of the best home court atmosphere’s in the NBA and it’s next to impossible to win there in the playoffs. The Hawks haven’t won in Boston yet this series in two tries and I don’t think it’s going to start tonight. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are banged up, but Doc Rivers isn’t going to let them fall flat at home.
Rajon Rondo has been unbelievable in the series with averages of 17.5 points and 12.5 assists. Rondo and Chris Paul are the premiere point men in the playoffs because they can distribute the ball and make other players better which is something that a guy like Russell Westbrook doesn’t do consistently enough.
Kevin Garnett has been really good this series, averaging a double-double with 17 and 10. Rondo finds ways to get him easy baskets and it’s crucial that he is able to score because the low post options are thin outside of KG and Brandon Bass.
Pierce is averaging 21.8 points per game this series including his 36 points and 14 rebounds in game two to give the Celtics a much-needed win in Atlanta which is responsible for the series lead right now.
I think Boston closes the door tonight by 20 points. Atlanta isn’t built to win in the post-season and that’s all the Celtics are about. They have been here and done this too many times to let a game six at the TD Gardens slip away to the Hawks of all teams. Look for the Celtics to advance tonight to play the Bulls or the Sixers in round-2.