Well that was painful. The Boston Celtics get trampled by the Atlanta Hawks in game two of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, 89-72. The Hawks tallied 15 blocks. Yes. 15. That was good for a new franchise playoff record for Atlanta. The same team that had Dikembe Mutombo, or the finger-waving "uh uh uh" guy who is known for his insane blocking ability. And that wasn't the only record breaking stat... the C's scored an NBA playoffs record lowest seven points in the first quarter. The entire first quarter.
Of the seven points scored by the Celtics in the first frame, one was Isaiah Thomas from the free throw line, one of his three points in the period. Thomas couldn't find his groove the entire evening and finished the night with 16 points on 4/15 shooting. That was good for a +/- of -17. If you care about advanced stats or not, it clearly wasn't Isaiah's night. It also wasn't really a great night for anyone wearing green. Marcus Smart (3 pts, 3 ast) heaved up 11 shots and hit just one of them. Smart took the starting job from the injured Avery Bradley who was benched with a hamstring injury he sustained in game one of the series.
Kelly Olynyk also rode the pine with a shoulder injury. The two key injuries set up Terry Rozier (10 pts, 4 reb), RJ Hunter (0-3 FG), and Evan Turner (12 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast) to play extra minutes.
The C's will head back to Boston for game three.
Atlanta has never lost a playoff series that they've led 2-0.
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