Hawks rout Celtics 110-83, take back control of series

Hawks rout Celtics 110-83, take back control of series

ATLANTA – Kyle Korver is one of the game’s best 3-pointer shooters.

But as Tuesday’s 110-83 Game 5 win by Atlanta will attest to, he by no means gets the job done by himself.

Atlanta’s ability to deliver the long ball courtesy of lots of hands (seven different Hawks players hit a 3-pointer) was more than enough to deal the Celtics a crushing Game 5 loss that now has them on the brink of playoff elimination.

Boston trails 3-2 in the best-of-seven series with the Hawks now in position to close out the series in Boston on Thursday.

Atlanta’s offense began to heat up in the second quarter and absolutely put the game away with a barrage of 3-pointers in the third quarter which gave them a commanding 89-62 lead going into the fourth which featured both teams emptying their benches early.

The Boston Celtics struggled to generate offense for most of the night, including Isaiah Thomas who came into the game as the top scorer in the playoffs with a 28.3 points per game average.

Thomas, an all-star this season, didn’t make his first basket until the 10:21 mark of the third quarter.

He would finish with 7 points on 3-for-12 shooting, the kind of scoring night that the Celtics simply can’t win with, regardless of the opponent.

That wasn't the only bad news for Thomas and the Celtics.

The 5-foot-9 guard suffered a left ankle sprain and had to leave and according to team officials, was not going to return.

It remains to be seen whether Thomas will be available to play in Game 6 on Thursday.

At the half, Atlanta was 7-for-17 from 3-point range and nearly matched that total in the third with a 5-for-11 performance from 3-point range.

Meanwhile, the Celtics were a less-than-stellar 6-for-22 after three quarters of play.

The strong start to the second half by Atlanta was in stark contrast to how the game began.

After a sluggish first quarter by both teams, the Celtics seemed to have found their groove with an 8-2 run which gave them a 20-15 after one quarter of play.

Boston continued to play well early in the second, even taking their first double-digit lead (29-19).

And that’s when things fell apart … badly.

The Hawks went on to close out the quarter with a 28-10 run and led 47-39 at the half.

For Boston, the third quarter was essentially a continuation of Atlanta’s second half dominance.

The Celtics have said repeatedly that they approach every playoff game as a must-win matchup.

That has to hold true on Thursday night when their season is literally on the line.

A victory and they live to fight another day and return to Atlanta for a winner-take-all 7th game.

But a loss would end their postseason at home for the second year in a row.

'Big Baby' busted with 126 grams of pot, $92K in cash

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'Big Baby' busted with 126 grams of pot, $92K in cash

Former Celtics forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis was arrested last month in a hotel room in Aberdeen, Maryland, with more than 126 grams of marijuana and more than $92,000 in cash.

Davis, 32, who played on the Celtics 2008 championship team was last in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2015, was arrested Feb. 7 after the hotel owner at the Aberdeen Hampton Inn smelled marijuana coming from Davis' room, WMAR-TV in Baltimore reported.

“They recovered 126 grams of marijuana,” Aberdeen Police Lt. William Reiber told WMAR. “In addition to that, there was a briefcase that contained 92,164 dollars of U.S. currency along with a ledger that contained language which is consistent with someone involved in the sale and distribution of narcotics.”

Davis is charged with seven counts of drug possession and distribution.

Police said the strains of marijuana were from a Los Angeles wholesaler that court records show Davis told police he was in business with.

He told officers he was visiting family in Maryland. Davis' attorney told WMAR the former Celtic (2007-11) adamantly maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court next month to clear his name. 


Horford helps Celtics get back on track

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Horford helps Celtics get back on track

Aggressive Al Horford was on the floor Friday night for the Boston Celtics, a good sign for a Celtics team that has been battered by injuries. 

As the oldest member of the team, the 31-year-old’s leadership has to become more example-driven as well as existing in the spoken word.

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Horford was on point for most of Friday’s 92-83 win over Orlando, a game that was far more lopsided in Boston’s favor than the final score might indicate.

The 6-foot-10 forward/center had a near double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. 

What was more telling was that Horford took a team-high 18 shots from the field, as clear a sign as you will find that Horford’s mindset on Friday was to attack Orlando’s defense early and often. 

And while it’s true that the Magic are one of the worst teams in the NBA, that doesn’t diminish the way Horford executed the plays called by head coach Brad Stevens as Horford played the role of primary scorer more often than usual, instead of being a major facilitator.

Having missed Boston’s previous two games, Horford was admittedly concerned if the lay-off might affect his conditioning. 

“Wind-wise I felt good,” Horford told reporters after Friday night’s win. “A little rusty on offense. But defensively I felt great. I felt our team came out with energy; just a good win.” 

A win that became a lot easier to get with Aggressive Al on the floor. 

 Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds in Boston’s 92-83 win over Orlando.



Terry Rozier: He continues to provide the Celtics with really solid guard play, with all-star guard Kyrie Irving (left knee soreness) missing. Rozier had a game high-tying 17 points along with seven rebounds and five assists. 

Greg Monroe: The third quarter was when Monroe really began to take over the game. He finished with 17 points, 10 of which came in the third. 

Shelvin Mack: Not a lot to cheer about for Mack and the Magic who once again struggled in so many phases of the game. But Mack still managed to score 16 points. 



Al Horford: Having missed the two previous games, Horford was back in full force on Friday. He had 15 points on 6-for-18 shooting to go with nine rebounds

Boston rebounding: The Celtics control of the glass began from the outset and never really eased up. For the game, Boston grabbed 55 rebounds compared to just 40 by Orlando. 



Fourth-quarter Celtics: The only real blemish on an otherwise impressive performance by Boston, was the team’s overall play in the fourth quarter. Boston was outscored 31-17 and turned the ball over 10 times in the quarter.