The Celtics will play the second game of a back-to-back against the Hawks tonight in Boston. Since “standing pat” at the Trade Deadline, the C’s are 1-1, including a second-half meltdown to the new look Toronto Raptors. Last night in Detroit, the Celtics won a close game against the Pistons 104-98.
The Hawks come into tonight’s game having lost their last 3 games. Dennis Schroder has been making headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. First off, he was suspended for one game for being late to the Hawks first game back from the All-Star Break. Schroder was on vacation. If he was actually good like Isaiah Thomas and made the All-Star team, than maybe he wouldn’t have had time for a vacation and thus, been late arriving back. Schroder was then late for the Hawks team bus in Orlando and was removed from the starting lineup. Lastly, Schroder is still accusing IT of taking trash talk too far when he started saying things about Schroder’s family. Things could get chippy tonight.
The Hawks and Celtics last met in January for Al Horford’s return to the ATL. The Celtics won this matchup 103-101 on a last second Isaiah Thomas shot. Speaking of Horford, he scored only 4 points last night in Detroit. This is absolutely unacceptable for a player making max money. Brad Stevens needs to find a way to get Al more involved offensively moving forward.
Player to watch: Jaylen Brown. Brown played one of his best games in the NBA on Sunday. He scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. 3 of his points came with less than a minute to go when Brown nailed the go-ahead triple. Jaylen has been getting extended minutes and has been making the most of them. Hopefully the Celtics can continue to find minutes for the rookie when AB returns (???) from injury. If Brown can keep this up, he has a shot at winning the Rookie of the Year award.
This will be the first game between Boston and Atlanta since Super Bowl LI when the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead. New England would go on to win the game 34-28 in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history. (!!!)