Postgame Thoughts: Hawks Fall to Celtics
A few thoughts coming up on the Hawks’ 89-81 loss to the Celtics Saturday night at Philips Arena:
— A tale of two halves. The Hawks shot the ball well, played terrific defense, and cruised to a 15-point lead at the end of the first half. In the second half, the Celtics turned the tables, especially in the third quarter, when the Hawks shot just 14.3% from the field and were outscored 33-9. The team rallied down the stretch, but just couldn’t get enough shots to fall.
— Lou Williams was outstanding despite the loss. LouWill shot 9-12 from the field, tying his career-high with 5 3-pointers for the second straight night on his way to a season high 28 points.
— The Hawks were a little too reliant on the 3 ball tonight, taking 29 of them and making 10. Most of them were excellent looks, so it’s hard to fault them for taking them, but as a whole they needed to get more offense going inside.
— Give (begrudging) credit to the Celtics, who turned up the heat on defense in the second half and made it very hard for the Hawks to find their offensive rhythm. Rajon Rondo was his typical thorny self, putting up a triple-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.
— The Hawks are a deep team, but they are going to struggle to win many games when Josh Smith (4-18) and Al Horford (2-8) combine for 6-26 from the field.
This one hurt, but the Celtics will be back in Atlanta in 3 weeks. REVENGE IS OURS!