We have to prove to the NBA and this National TV audience that we can be a SOLID TEAM ON THE ROAD and not just this surprising young team that can get up for any home game.
Fri should show us how far we have (or haven't) come. Should be interesting......
I'm interested more in how Boston approaches this game. Do they respect us yet, or will they come in with the same another game attitude they gave us last year.
In any case, why does earning the Celtics' respect even matter?
They didn't really seem to have a game plan for us last year. It was more just show up and beat us on talent. I want to see if they scheme us at all. And it does matter how they approach us. Beyond the talking heads and coach speak, the players truly show through their approach the potency of an opponent. If they are content to trade baskets with us and count on out playing us do to superior talent in the 4th then in their eyes we are no more than the Knicks are in the Hawk's eyes. And that bothers me and should bother the Hawks.
The game definitely means much more to the Hawks and Hawk fans, than it does to the Celtics and their fans. We're the only ones referring to this as a "rivalry game". We're the ones looking for vallidation, not them.
Man I hate the Celts. They always go after Horford and Smith early and depend on the calls. If the fouls add up, we need to just go totally small and run the old men out of the place.
Or I could dream.
I don't think its a rivalry at all. Everyone in Boston has forgotten about our little annoyance 2 years ago in the playoffs, in which Boston won it all. We Atlanta fans, however, will never forget the JJ shot against Powe, or ZaZa getting in KG's grill, but its all Mickey Mouse. There is no rivalry. We've proven nothing in their eyes.
We have more bench, youth and speed, but I am not really sure it will be utilized properly. Boston is at home and has more talent. I know it makes me a bad fan, but I am not expecting a whole lot out of tonight's game. I can take a road loss to a Finals contender, so I won't cover my head and panic if we get beat by 20 (like the Suns last night).
I'm not terribly optimistic. The Celts are efficient and smart offensively and too good defensively to allow Crawford or Joe to go off. Horford will struggle, too.
I would consider a loss by less than 20 a victory. This team is still a few years away from competing with the top tier teams on the road.
Are you serious??? The Hawks lost IN BOSTON last year by one point on a shot at the buzzer. Now, you are somehow trying to say that losing by less than 20 would now be a victory????? On the contrary. Losing by 15, 17, or 19 points would be a step backwards in my opinion. It would make much more sense if you said that losing by less than 5 would be a victory, but losing by 19 is still getting your butt kicked any way you slice it.
HATE THE CELTS.......I JUST HATE EVERYTHING THEY STAND FOR....A win tonight would be just another W in the column but just so much sweeter.
Just wanna take a pair of scissors and head to their rafters and cut down every banner they have
If the Hawks come out sluggish like these past few games its going to get ugly quick..But if they come out fighting and matching Boston's intensity, I think they have a chance to make this a close game.....
I try to keep things positive around here. I would hope that we keep it competitive for atleast a half before we get our doors blown off. This is the best team in basketball on their home floor against a team that doesn't consistently get up for big games especially on the road.
I don't think getting up is the problem, it's staying up.
I honestly feel a win coming Friday night. The Hawks have gone to Boston and lost one to many times by now.
It would be a huge staement win to beat the best team in the East in their building, but I don't expect them to do that. The Hawks are certainly capable, but they need to play a perfect game almost.
Nice to see the Hawks get off to a good start for a change.
I'm not a fan of these ticky tack traveling calls we are getting called on when Boston has a blatantly obvious moving screen just about every possession.
The calls don't look to even. They have made a couple comments that our guys got hit and no call.
Pierce hurt. That could be huge.
In it at the half which is surprising given all the turnovers. Our second unit gets a lot of minutes against Boston and are hardly used against New York: Mike Woodson you are an enigma wrapped in a question.
I bet PP comes back. I'm tickled we are up by two going into the last quarter.
Peirce goes out hurt but he always comes back. Sometimes I think he fakes injuries so he can come back as the hero. I really hate him. Hes such a faker
I'm convinced the Celtics have adopted a similar philosophy on moving screens as Pat Riley did on fouls with the Knicks-keep doing it until the refs stop calling it. It's amazing to see them complain when they actually get called for it.
Strange to see the Hawks dominating a good team on the boards. Even stranger to see the Hawks playing well with Horford and Smith on the bench in the 2nd half.
The big bully Celtics don't like being bullied. Ha ha! Its about time the Hawks get some credit for being a top team. This proves we belong. The old Celtics have no answer for the young Hawks.
Crawford got away with one there. I can't believe that the refs are giving the Hawks calls on the Celtics court.
The refs have inconsistent as hell....but it looks like we got the majority of the calls in the 2nd half.
Wow! The refs are really giving the Hawks some love in the second half. I expected just the opposite.
I'm loving it that Hubie is telling it like it is with the ISO Joe. Good to hear a respected commentator tell the truth. Looks like we win.
Big win! First win in Boston in regular season since 2007.
Is this win legit even though big baby was out? Oh yah,.. Pierce had a "boo boo" as well. You can add Perkins face to the injury list as well.
Yeah right. Pierce leaves the floor so he can make some prima donna return. He's as bad as Wade.
He ended up playing 36 minutes so he couldn't have been too hurt.
Some day we will see this: P. Pierce - DNP (Yeast Infection)
Somehow I don't think we saw the best of the Celtics tonight for whatever reason. They just didn't seem to have the intensity. Maybe they did take us for granted. They won't make that mistake again.
The Hawks scored 97 pts against the best defense in the league even though they shot only 27% from 3.
Great game! Garnett just does not seem like his old self.
Hubie just loves Paul Pierce.
Hearing "Bibby,you suck!" as the Hawks dribbled out the clock in a half empty Boston Garden as they secured the win and destroyed the under is my personal highlight of the young season.
And by the way, we beat the Celts with NO EXCUSES.
GREAT VICTORY FOR THE HAWKS. Mental block in Boston taken care of....CHECK
The Celtics only score 86 even though each starter shot 50% or better from the field. It was definitely all about the boards.
Boston had beaten Atlanta for so long on their home court, they didn't
Believe they could lose. Now, they believe!!
I was not happy that the guy announcing with Huby downplayed our victory by talking about how Boston didn't play well. Give me a break . . . . . Like it had nothing to do with how we played.
This should give us a little more respect: WINNING ON ESPN.