A lot of excuses from the Hawks fans. Some are valid, some aren't. The fact that they were missing Josh Smith is a valid point since Smith is their second best player and could have made a difference. Blaming the refs wasn't so valid. Some of the Hawks fans saw that the bad calls went both ways. What about the loose ball foul on Pierce when he wasn't anywhere near the ball or the play? I agree that the officiating was terrible, but it was terrible for both teams. I feel for the Hawks fans though because that was a tough loss since they did play well and were up 16 only to have the Celtics stage one of their patented comebacks. This is fast becoming a real rivalry, and a good one at that.
After the last two tough games with no Josh Smith and the back end of a back-to-back on the road...if we win this...
This would be a huge win for us. We really need Joe to have a good game if we want to have a shot though.
Can u imagine if the Hawks win, they'll be the #1 TEAM IN THE EAST
Unfortunately Boston gets lucky again and catches us on a back to back game on the road without Josh Smith. Go figure! It would really be a miracle to win this game
The way we've been playing, why not..are they that good?? No. It wont be the easiest win but they are definitely beatable
Playing the defending Champs on the road in a back to back game without Smoove? Not exactly stoked about tomorrows game. But I am curious. Boston is the team that these young Hawks got the confidence from playing.
I actually expect this to be close, with the confidence we're showing right now. King Zaza is gonna hear a lot of heckling, and he's going to snatch some fool out of the stands and devour him whole.
The Hawks are playing great now, but it is the 2nd night of back-to-backs (for the 1st time this year), on the road, and with one key player out. The biggest factor I think is the 6-0 record. The Celtics are going to fired up to put the Hawks in their place which I doubt they feel is 7-0 atop the East.
Back to back on the road against the champs without Smith..... Ugh. They will really have to pull a rabbit out of the hat to win this one.
KG, Perk, Pierce, and Powe scare me a lot more than Noah, Thomas, Noc, and Gray. In fact, if POB were on the Bulls, he'd be the first big off the bench instead of glued to the end of it.
Boston by 35. ...in the turnovers column.
This is going to be a hard game,.... But if the Hawks play at their level, and Bibby has a good shooting night (hitting atleast five 3s), then the game could go 50/50 , even without Smoove.
Close game. JJ goes off, hits a game winning shot.
We may have lost game 7 of the playoffs last season but its coincidental that this is game 7 of the regular season in Boston! It just might be a different story tonight. Let's go Atlanta Hawks!
One thing is that Boston is committing 18 TUrnovers per game. The Hawks need to be prepared to get some steals and run the floor tonight.
Our 2nd unit is destroying everything Boston is trying to do.
Man we are kicking them in the teeth right now...!!!
Celtics look like they miss Posey and PJ Brown, man we look like NBA Finals contenders.
The pressure they are putting on our guards is disrupting our offense. Need to come up with a play to counter it
That's how to blow a 16 point lead in less than quarter. They are killing us inside. Woodson still doesn't understand what foul trouble is apparently.
Meltdown...? Yes, but we came into their building and played VERY well up to now. If we play smart and play hard in the 2nd half, we'll walk away with this thing.
Good half. C's are the champs for a reason, you knew they were gonna make a run and it was nice to hold them off.
As it is I'm still optimistic about the 2nd half. It's nice to play a game in Boston and not have it be over with in the first quarter LOL.
This game is becoming very tough to watch. The refs are calling fouls on every possession.
Why are the refs giving Powe every call? This guy is a huge flopper.
And it's disgusting how Paul Pierce, a notorious hot head and whiner, gets EVERY POSSIBLE CALL while Joe Johnson, a guy who just plays the game, can't buy a foul call. Maybe you have to complain every trip down to get he refs to notice you, but it really shouldn't be that way.
I can't stand PP and his sloppy desperate unpolished game.
An MVP chant seven games into the season? That's a new one.
You touch Pierce and he's going to the line. You can slap, punch, kick, hug, push, grab, bite, and stab Joe and 9 times out of 10 you'll get away with it.
Y'all can count me as a Boston Celtic hater. We're BETTER than that bunch.
We're better than the Celts this year, guys. No doubt.
Get beat by a manfuacted "star" like Paul Pierce. That says enough.
So yeah, we've proven, IMO, that we can not only play with the C's in Atlanta, but we can take it to em in the Garden as well. Let our team be full strength tonight, and we walk out with a W. I guarantee it.
I think we hurt the Celtics more then they hurt us, we have lost, good, now the team don't have to have all that pressure.
The Celtics complained about everything, and the Hawks put their heads down and went to work. Celtics looks like little boys out their, and Hawks looked like Men
Such a heart-breaker. Still an excellent game for the Hawks, now they'll know we're for real. BOS wouldn't have this one weren't they playing 8 on 5. Those refs are such bloody bastards. This was so robbed.
They got every call, it was 8 on 5 out there.
The refs were bad both ways. Bibby kicked his leg out and got a foul. PP made a clean block on Johnson and it was called a foul. Those were both crucial calls.
I'm not sure about all the complaining about the refs. The C's always look like they're fouling, but if you go back and look at replays it's actually just great help defense.
We beat the c's tonight. They won because they were allowed to push and shove and hack with impunity. Commentators like to talk about their defense? ANYBODY can "play" defense if the refs let them play like that.
They called fouls on us when we breathed hard (kept our big men out of the game and hesitant) and allowed some talentless bums (Powe, Perkins and Davis) to play like offensive linemen instead of basketball players. 2 handed pushes on defense and over-the-back apparently are invisible when the c's do them. Stern must REALLY want winning basketball in BOS.
I don't think I dislike any of the Boston's players(besides Garnett) but their announcing crew is beyond horrible. They complain about the refs the entire game(at 1 point saying they handed us 6 points) as if they didn't shoot like 40 free throws themselves.
Really can't blame the refs for the game...there were bad calls all the way around. But Joe definitely was fouled a lot but he never gets the calls anyway...he should cry about it like Pierce does.
We were without our second best player, lost our starting center to injury and Horford was limited by foul trouble. Atlanta was called for 33 fouls. Boston was called for 23.
We lost..don't blame the refs. We had every chance to win, but lost in a very encouraging game at the defending champs without our 2nd best player. It hurts the way we did lose, but we really showed how for real we are tonight, and probably more so than we did in our 6 wins.