The NEW Big Three
…the big 3-0 that is.
People in Boston have quit using “young” and “athletic” as the most common descriptors for the Atlanta Hawks. After Monday’s victory the Hawks have now won three straight over the C’s, with every win coming after trailing at intermission.
Beantown will be pointing to the flagrant foul called on Big Baby that led to multiple technicals, and Doc Rivers ejection as the turning point of the game. While the three additional free-throws were important, the Celtics still maintained a six point lead and used the incident to rouse the crowd into a playoff-like frenzy. Immediately following the play there was no clear beneficiary as the teams played almost even (Hawks outscored the Celtics 9-8 for the three minutes after the play).
More noteworthy is how the Celtics jumped in front by seven early in the fourth quarter before converting only four field goals over the final 11 minutes. Johnson’s 12th point of the quarter on a well-guarded fade away gave the Hawks the lead at 94-93. Boston pulled even at 96 before Crawford scored the final six points of the game, and it was Atlanta’s defense in the final minutes is what really sealed the win.
Check out the initial impressions from ESPN.com/Boston – Click Here
Hawks Have Celtics Number – GloucesterTimes.com
Flight Pattern is Developing – Boston.com
When the Elite Meet, Hawks Have Edge – ESPN.com’s Daily Dime:
And watch Joe’s postgame interview with NBA TV: