Beyond the numbers: 5 keys for C's tonight vs. Hawks
By Sherrod Blakely
CSN Celtics Insider
From the moment he arrived in Boston, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has preached about the value of playing well for as close to 48 minutes as possible.
But in tonight’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, the first 12 minutes will go far in determining tonight’s winner.
In Boston and Atlanta, you have a pair of first-quarter powers going to work tonight.
The Celtics have the fourth-highest scoring team in the NBA, which is fueled in part by their ability to jump on teams early.
Boston is averaging 26.5 points per game in the first quarter, the fifth-highest mark in the NBA this season.
Meanwhile, the Hawks boast a scoring defense which ranks sixth in the NBA while giving up 98.9 points per game.
One of the keys to Atlanta’s scoring defense has been their ability to not allow teams to get off to a fast start.
The Hawks give up just 24.3 points per game in the first quarter, which is tied for the fourth-lowest points allowed in the first.
Here are five keys that will go far in Boston’s quest to knock off the Hawks: