Rooting Interests: Lawson’s Injury Hurtful To Nuggets, Hawks
The Hawks have a chance tonight to put some distance between themselves and the Celtics when the two teams meet in Boston for the final time in the regular season. It’s a critical game, as Atlanta currently leads their nemeses by 2.5 games in the standings with only 10 games remaining (11 for the Celtics counting tonight). With Al Horford and Devin Harris both game-time decisions, it will certainly be no easy task. As for their Eastern Conference rivals, there are a few other games of note tonight that could affect seeding.
The Knicks, the team the Hawks would play in the first round if the season ended today, look to have an easy time of it tonight as they host the Bobcats, a team that has won just 6 games away from home all season. It’d be nice to see a Charlotte win, but let’s just say I wouldn’t wager your hard-earned dough on it (also because that is illegal).
The other game to pay attention to tonight is the Nets and Nuggets, who go at it tonight at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The good news is that the Nuggets have only lost 3 times at home this year, which I can’t believe I’m just seeing that statistic for the first time. The bad news is the Nuggets announced today that point guard Ty Lawson has a torn plantar fascia in his heel, and is out for the foreseeable future. Denver is one of the deepest teams in the NBA, but that still puts a damper on things in the Mile High city. Let’s hope they pull it together and win one for their teammate — at least tonight anyway.