While home court advantage has yet to be decided, the first game of the Hawks-Celtics playoff series will take place at a to be determined time on Sunday, April 29.
Al Horford will likely miss the entire series, at least that’s the latest update. Rumors and estimations of his return have run rampant over the past few days, largely due to the fact that Horford has fueled the fire himself by flip-flopping on his readiness. Whether Zaza Pachulia will play is still unknown, but it seems like he’ll be ready to go by the time the Sunday rolls around.
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the boys from Boston in the playoffs. The rivalry started back in the late 50s with the St. Louis based Hawks and has continued until this day, featuring legendary games and series such as the Dominique Wilkins-Larry Bird duel in 1988 and the 8-seeded Hawks taking the eventual NBA champion Boston Celtics to seven games out of nowhere in 2008.
Doc Rivers, the point guard for the Hawks in the 80s, is the head coach of the Boston Celtics, adding some more history to the series. The generic cores of both teams have remained in tact since the last series, but the Hawks have improved since then while the Celtics have seen a slight decline. This is likely the last go around for Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett as a group as most of they hit free agency this summer with the team looking to get younger.