Boston Celtics beat Atlanta Hawks 107-98
Just minutes into the nationally broadcast game and two stars from each team were in the locker room. First, the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown twisted his ankle on his way to the basket. Moments later, Trae Young twisted his ankle after Marcus Smart fouled him (flagrantly) on a three-point attempt. Young quickly returned to the field, while Brown stayed out for the game.
The Hawks played with incredible energy and took a 14-point lead in the first half. As we’ve seen before, the Celtics beat the Hawks 31-13 in the third quarter, which seemingly broke the Hawks’ spirit. The Celtics’ second defense choked the Hawks. Atlanta shot just 43.4 percent from the field and 22.6 percent from deep.
It’s no surprise Young led the Hawks with 31 points. Bogdan Bogdanovic continued his stellar game, as he provided 25 points off the bench. Perhaps no player has struggled more than De’Andre Hunter, who shot 0-8 from the field and finished with just four free throw points.
After a slow start, Jayson Tatum could no longer be contained in the second half. The perennial All-Star forward broke for 33 points. Other than that, nothing too special happened for the Celtics on the offensive end of the field. Their defense won that game, and that’s one of the reasons ESPN and FiveThirty Eight are predicting them as the winners of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Hawks head coach Nate McMillan said: “It was like the last game here. They just came out aggressive, looking to attack. I thought we got back on our heels, and you know we We’re happy with the long ball attack.”
When asked what was going on with De’Andre Hunter, McMillan took a softer tone. “Tonight he couldn’t find his shot. Guys go through periods where maybe the shot doesn’t fall. A few weeks ago he was shooting the ball well… You have games where you just don’t have that rhythm and I was able to go to the gym and work on it.”
Trae Young took to the catwalk in a black adidas zip-up jacket. The first question was about his ankle, he said: “My ankle hurts right now. But I felt like with the pain tolerance I could have played with it. I’m still pretty confident about it. to my ability to play through the pain. So I plan to play through that.”
Young remains unfazed in his vision for this team. “You put us in a series against anybody, and we can really analyze you. I feel like it’s going to be tough to beat us, and we’re not just easy out. I just want to be in the best position at the end of the year when it comes to that.
He continued: “Obviously we have to win even more games to be in this position. But I feel like if we get the guys back and everyone is healthy and on the same page , we’re a dangerous team when we get guys going.”
The Hawks’ next game is Thursday night in Atlanta against the Chicago Bulls. As always, we’ll keep you up to date with the latest news, highlights and analysis. Stay locked into Sports Illustrated’s AllHawks.com.
Hawks at Celtics Photos
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Trae Young – 31 PTS, 6 AST
Bogdan Bogdanovic – 25 PTS, 4 CERs
Danilo Gallinari – 12 PTS, 8 CERs
Jayson Tatum – 33 PTS, 8 CER, 7 AST
Grant Williams – 18 PTS, 7 CERs
Derrick White – 18 PTS, 5 CERs
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