NBA Betting Game 2 from the Boston Celtics in the Atlanta Hawks
Rojon Rondo will be posted on the sidelines when the Boston Celtics visit the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of Tuesday of the first half series. The Boston point-guard was given a one-match suspension for crashing into official Marc Davis late in the opener, winning 83-74 by fifth seed Hawks.
Atlanta built up a 19-point lead and then held off a demand by fourth seed Celtics and scored the final five points of the game after Rondo was knocked out.
Boston Celtics in the Atlanta Hawks
Time: 7:30 pm ET, Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Venue: Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
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The team missed all 11 of their 3-point attempts as top outside shooter Ray Allen missed the match with an ankle injury. Forward Paul Pierce missed sixth of his 3 points while battling for 12 points on a 5-of-19 shot. Rondo had 20 points and 11 assists but lost his cool with 41 seconds remaining after a scramble for a loose ball led to a foul call on teammate Brandon Bass. “Obviously I was annoyed by the summons and I said a few words in March,” said Rondo. “I deserved my first teaching. As I walked, I thought he’d stopped. My momentum carried me into him. I even thought I tripped on his leg.”
Kevin Garnett, advancing, overcame the first half 1-for-9 in Game 1 to finish with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Atlanta could have gotten us the better of Joe Johnson after the All-Star guard / forward made just three of 15 shots in Game 1. Johnson missed all nine of his 3-point efforts making four turnovers while tallying only 11 points. The opening star was forward Josh Smith, who had 22 points and a personal playoff-best of 18 rebounds. “He’s a beast,” said Atlanta trainer Larry Drew. “When he plays with that energy, he only makes us that much better.” The Hawks shot just 40.8 percent after opening the game with 8 of 11 attempts.
Center Zaza Pachulia is expected to sit in Game 2 with a leg injury.
The home team won all seven games when Boston beat Atlanta in the 2008 first-round series.