11/16 Game Preview: Celtics vs. Hawks

By | November 16, 2022

The Boston Celtics will look to win their eighth straight recreation Wednesday night time after they hit the street to face the Atlanta Hawks.

Regardless of some poor long-range taking pictures on Monday, the Celtics overcame a 15-point second-half deficit to beat the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder 126-122. Boston compelled 20 turnovers in its comeback and outscored the Thunder 37-26 within the ultimate 12 minutes.

“I believed within the first half we simply weren’t sharp,” Boston coach Joe Mazzulla stated after his crew made simply 27 % of their 3-point pictures ( 10 for 37). “We seemed a bit drained, and I believe our bench unit did an awesome job of bringing the power and lifting our spirits.

“As soon as we had been capable of be picked up, we executed each ends of the pitch. It was a crew effort, and due to our depth, we had been capable of depend on it.”

With Malcolm Brogdon unavailable on Monday (hamstring), Boston obtained a activate the bench from Payton Pritchard, who completed the sport with 10 factors, 4 rebounds and two steals in 14 minutes.

Pritchard made a 3-pointer late within the third quarter, then stole and a layup simply earlier than the buzzer to chop Oklahoma Metropolis’s result in 96-89 early within the ultimate quarter.

“Payton is a man, you recognize what you are getting each time you place him within the recreation,” Mazzulla stated. “I felt we wanted a carry and I believe he did an awesome job at each ends of the ground to offer us that.”

The Hawks have additionally been taking part in some good basketball these days. Atlanta enters Wednesday’s recreation having gained 5 of seven video games.

All 5 starters scored in double figures Monday to assist Atlanta earn a 121-106 street win over the Milwaukee Bucks in a conflict of the Japanese Convention’s prime two groups. It was the sixth time within the crew’s 14 video games that Atlanta’s total beginning lineup had scored not less than 10 factors.

It was additionally Milwaukee’s first loss in eight residence video games this season.

“We had been taking part in the No. 1 protection within the league,” Atlanta coach Nate McMillan stated. “They are going to defend your first and second choice. We needed to play in our third and fourth choice. Get them to defend, and do not fireplace fast pictures at their defence.”

De’Andre Hunter led the Hawks with 24 factors.

“I used to be simply making an attempt to be aggressive,” Hunter advised the Atlanta Journal-Structure. “That is what my crew expects from me. That is what the coaches advised me, and that is what I attempt to do each recreation.”

Atlanta middle Clint Capela had 19 factors and 10 rebounds in opposition to Milwaukee, marking the sixth time up to now seven video games that he has recorded a double-double.

The Boston-Atlanta recreation will characteristic two of the NBA’s prime scorers: Boston’s Jayson Tatum is averaging 31.9 factors and Atlanta’s Trae Younger is averaging 26.9.

The Celtics are 5-2 on the street and the Hawks are 5-2 at residence.