Scoreboard Watching: Celtics Keep Falling
The Hawks created some more distance between themselves and the seventh place Boston Celtics on Monday night.
Atlanta’s 102-94 win over Cleveland put the Hawks nine games over .500. The Celtics lost by double digits to Minnesota, their sixth loss in eight games, which means the Hawks are now 3.5 ahead of them with seven left to play. Boston does win the tiebreaker should the two teams finish deadlocked, but that’s looking less likely to happen each time Boston takes the court.
The Indiana Pacers got a huge road win in Los Angeles, beating the Clippers 109-106 behind 26 points from Roy Hibbert. Indiana moves a half game in front of the New York Knicks for second in the conference. To me that’s a good thing. The Hawks realistically can’t catch the Pacers, so Indiana finishing two would be terrific as Atlanta won’t likely finish seventh.
The Hawks are looking at either a 4, 5 or 6 seed, which means their potential first-round opponents are either the Pacers, Knicks, Brooklyn Nets or Chicago Bulls.
Biggest winner: Pacers
Indiana may need that #2 seed if they play the Knicks in round two. Last night was a big step in getting there.
Biggest loser: Celtics
The free-fall continues in Bean Town. The Celtics are now just 1.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for seventh in the East.
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