The short-handed Atlanta Hawks host Eastern Conference rival Boston Celtics and look to extended Boston’s five-game losing skid tonight in Philips Arena.
The C’s got the better of the Hawks earlier this month when Boston beat Atlanta 89-81 on January 5, taking a 1-0 lead in the best of four series.
In that first meeting, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo messed around and got a triple-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, while Lou Williams led the Hawks with 28 points on 9-of-12 (75%) shooting.
There’s a good chance Rondo will duplicate those numbers tonight against a depleted Hawks back court but it’s certain that Williams will not as he is out for the rest of the season with a torn right ACL.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics
What?: Rivalry Game (Game #43, Home Game #22)
Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
When?: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 – 7:30 PM (ET)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680 AM & 93.7 FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Kyle Korver | SF: Josh Smith | PF: Ivan Johnson | C: Al Horford
PG: Rajon Rondo | SG: Avery Bradley | SF: Paul Pierce | PF: Brandon Bass | C: Kevin Garnett
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Devin Harris (sprained left ankle), Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) and Al Horford (sore left calf) are game-time decisions. Anthony Morrow (sore lower back) and Lou Williams (torn ACL, right knee) are out.
Boston Celtics: Chris Wilcox (sprained right thumb) is out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (24-18) … Boston Celtics (20-22)
Streak: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 2 / HOME: Won 1 / ROAD: Won 1 … Boston Celtics –> OVERALL: Lost 5 / HOME: Lost 3 / ROAD: Lost 2
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (14-7) at home … Celtics are (7-13) on the road.
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. Atlanta seems to be getting back on track as they have won two straight games for the first time in a month but they’re still 5-8 since January 1.
Boston Celtics: Cold. With last night’s loss to the New York Knicks, the Celtics are riding a season-worst five-game losing skid.
Season/Past Season Series
Atlanta hosts Boston for the second time this year in the second-of-four games between the teams. The Celtics posted an 89-81 win at Philips Arena in the first meeting behind 26 points from Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo’s triple-double (14 points/11 rebounds/10 assists). Lou Williams paced the Hawks with 28 points and Josh Smith had a double-double (12 points/10 boards). Atlanta travels to Boston on 3/8 and 3/29 to finish the season series. The Celtics lead the all-time series 219-132, with the Hawks having an 84-81 edge in home games.
LAST MEETING — CELTICS 89, HAWKS 81 — PHILIPS ARENA (ATL, GA) — 1/5/13
The Hawks held a commanding 15-point lead at the half (53-38) behind 21 points from Lou Williams, and 21-40 field goals (.525). In the third, the Celtics came alive, outscoring the Hawks, 33-9. Atlanta cut the deficit to five in the fourth, but could get no closer. Williams finished with a season-high 28 (9-12 FGs, 5-8 3FGs), while Jeff Teague added 17. Josh Smith recorded 12 points and 10 boards. Paul Pierce paced Boston with 26 (17 in the decisive third quarter). Rajon Rondo recorded a triple-double (14 points/11 rebounds/10 assists), while Kevin Garnett also had 14. Brandon Bass scored 10. Boston finished with an advantage on the glass (44-36) and had more assists than the Hawks, 27-18. Atlanta committed 21 turnovers, leading to 24 Celtics points.
Doc Rivers played for Atlanta from 1983-91 and is the club’s all-time leader in assists (3,866). Josh Smith and Rajon Rondo were roommates at Oak Hill Academy. Celtics assistant Armond Hill served in the same capacity with the Hawks in 2003-04 and is a former Hawk (six seasons). Jason Terry played for the Hawks from 1999-2004. Doc Rivers coached Zaza Pachulia with Orlando in 2003-04. Hawks scout Greg Ballard coached Kevin Garnett (1999-2004) during his time with Minnesota. Celtics assistant coach Tyronn Lue was a Hawk from 2004-08 (189 games). Jason Collins played for the Hawks from 2009-12, appearing in 103 regular season games.
Information was used from the Hawks and Celtics official gamenotes