December 17, 2008
We're probably not overrating this game. The hype, we think, is deserved.
Atlanta plays Boston well, they may have been trampled by about 82 points per game in the four Massachusetts-based contests during last season's playoffs, but they also gave a good fight on the road against the C's last month, and the Boston/Atlanta games have always been close in Georgia.
There will be more games to pay attention to as your afternoon moves along, but we should throw a few stats your way and let the comment section trash talking start now. After all, we're less than five hours away, and most Celtics/Hawks fans will tell you that most Atlanta/Boston fans are unemployed and typing from their Mom's basement anyway, so it's never too early to put this post up.
Boston Celtics: 23-2, 91.7 possessions per game (16th), 109 points scored per 100 possessions (7th), 97.8 points allowed per 100 possessions (1st).
Atlanta Hawks: 15-9, 89.3 possessions per game (26th), 108 points scored per 100 possessions (11th), 106.1 points allowed per 100 possessions (15th).