Celtics vs Hawks: 2 teams fighting for survival
ATLANTA (AP) - Four years ago, Boston and Atlanta were in different places when they met in the NBA playoffs.
The Celtics, a champion in the making. The Hawks, a team on the rise.
This time, they're in a similar situation: playing for their survival.
The aging Celtics are possibly making a last stand with their aging Big Three - Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. The Hawks are desperate to make an extended run in the playoffs, which would surely help keep together the team's core, especially dynamic forward Josh Smith.
Neither team is at full strength. Allen (ankle) and Hawks center Zaza Pachulia (foot) are both questionable for Sunday's Game 1. Atlanta is already missing center Al Horford, who sat out most of the season with a pectoral injury.