Game 2 Game Notes

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
By Jon Newberry

— The Hawks let an 11-point second half lead get away, falling to Boston 87-80 at Philips Arena on Tuesday.

— Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 22 points, Jeff Teague put in 18 and Josh Smith tallied 16 points and 12 rebounds before leaving the game late with a sprained left knee.

— A back-and-forth opening quarter, featuring 6 ties and 5 lead changes, ended with the teams deadlocked at 24.

— Both clubs struggled shooting in the first half but it was Atlanta taking a 44-41 advantage to the break … Paul Pierce had 16 points for Boston in the first 24 minutes, while Teague put in 12 for the Hawks.

— The Hawks led by as many as 11 in the third but the Celtics were able to trim it to 66-61 heading to the final frame … Boston reclaimed the lead at 72-70 with 6 minutes to play in the game and slowly pulled away as the offense abandoned Atlanta in the fourth (14 points).

— The Hawks shot .349 from the field for the game and made 16-20 FTs, while the Celtics shot .426 and hit 26-31 from the charity stripe.

— Pierce posted game-highs of 36 points and 14 rebounds, and Kevin Garnett had 15 points and 12 boards.

— Game 3 is set for 7:30pm Friday at Boston (SportSouth HD, ESPN, 98.9 FM).

4 Responses to “Game 2 Game Notes”

  1. Elder

    Hawks will win… Just not a sweep. we played good on the road. I think the road is what we need. Players may be able to relax better on the road. They are to busy worried about the fans in the stands at home, Who cause we dont have a fan base. I grew up in Atlanta and I walk the streets and go to places and it is hard to find a person from Atlanta. These People cheer for teams where their from. I say keep playing good ball Hawks. Lets move on to the next round. I think we are good enough to beat any team. we can win without Josh. Joe don’t force and coach T Mac can D down Paul. Lets Play a big back court for a change. T mac Joe and Teague with Josh if he back a a Big not name Ivan. I Hate we are so small. Small ball is going to cost us.

  2. beantown

    Tmac is going to defend Paul? Tmac couldn’t / wouldn’t defend back when he was relevant, i don’t think now that he’s washed up he’s going to turn into ron artest

  3. amoney

    This is the same offense that Woodson left. Where is the motion coach Drew? Where is the mismatch? Why are we saving Stackhouse and Vlad Rad. We must pull all stops. You know in the first five minutes if we getting anything from Marvin. Please tell our team its ok to run a pick to get Joe on someone else.