The Celtics Hold Off The Hawks’ Late Charge To Win Game 1

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The Celtics Hold Off The Hawks' Late Charge To Win Game 1

The Boston Celtics received a victory and an early warning of how pauses may signal trouble in the playoffs after an opening game that swung from a romp to flirting with tragedy. The game was a reminder that lulls could spell doom.

In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Game 1 on Saturday, the Boston Celtics prevailed over the Atlanta Hawks by a score of 112-99 thanks to Jaylen Brown’s performance of 29 points and 12 rebounds, as well as the Hawks’ poor shooting performance.

Jayson Tatum had 25 points, 21 of which came in the first half. Boston, which will host Game 2 on Tuesday, was led by Derrick White’s final stat line of 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Brown said that they should expect “their best shot” from them. “We allowed them to feel a bit more comfortable in the second half, and as a result, I anticipate they will be a little better prepared for the next game.” Hence, we must also beef up our preparations.

That was Brown’s first game since he had to sit out the last two games of the regular season due to a cut that he sustained on a finger on his shooting hand. He entertained himself with tape and wrapping paper.

Although in discomfort, he battled through the game and made 12 of his 23 tries at field goals, but he turned the ball over six times. He said it was difficult to get a good hold on the ball, and at one point, his hand “broke apart.” On Sunday, we will have a look at it.

The second-seeded Boston Celtics built a lead of as high as 32 points over the third-seeded Atlanta Hawks, who could only make five of their first twenty-nine 3-point shots throughout the game.

Early in the fourth quarter, a three-point shot by Bogdan Bogdanovic capped off a run by Atlanta that scored 32 points and trimmed the team’s lead to 96-84 points.

The Celtics regained the advantage and extended it to 107-87. When Atlanta’s De’Andre Hunter broke loose on a fast break, the score was 110-97 with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Marcus Smart, though, was able to prevent him from making the layup.

“There is a role for human nature. On the other hand, we don’t want memories like that to follow us around, “Tatum added.

The former NBA Defensive Player of the Year ended with three thefts and two blocks in the game.

Dejounte Murray was the leading scorer for the Hawks with 24 points. He also had eight rebounds and six assists. Trae Young contributed 16 points to the score.

“You can’t be down that much and expect to come back and win,” Young said. “It’s just not possible.” “Despite this, we continued to fight. Throughout the second half, we played a really aggressive game.”

The Celtics were on fire from all over the court, hitting on 13 three-point shots, and this was despite a late charge by the Hawks.

Tatum received a standing ovation from the fans at TD Garden after sinking his third 3-pointer in the final seconds of the first half. Walking back down the court, he raised his arms and acknowledged the applause.

The defense of Young and Murray, who were Atlanta’s two best scorers, was a significant portion of Boston’s pregame strategy. Throughout the first three-quarters of the game, the Celtics accomplished all that and much more.

Young was just five for his first eighteen attempts from the field and had six misses on three-point attempts. Ten of Murray’s twenty-five shots from the area were made.

White replaced big man Robert Williams in the starting lineup for Boston, including Al Horford, Tatum, Brown, and Smart. This strategy was implemented so that the Celtics could compete with the rapid pace of the Hawks.

The Hawks’ offensive was rendered ineffective as a result.

Young had a very difficult beginning. Along the route to missing his first six shots, he had a throw on the game’s opening drive that Brown intercepted, and White blocked his first attempt at kicking a field goal.

Before the game, Atlanta’s head coach Quin Snyder said that the team would emphasize the importance of not passing up open 3-point shots and being unfazed by missed shots.

This hope was tested when the Hawks shot just 9 of 25 from the field and 0 for nine from beyond the arc in the first quarter, which resulted in the Celtics taking a 29-19 lead over the Hawks.

Joe Mazzulla, the head coach of the Celtics, said that he is not concerned about the late-game slump continuing into the next game despite the late-game drop-off.

He answered, “I’m not at all bothered about it.” This club has been playing quite well throughout the whole season. It is something that will take place. It was ultimately for the best that we went through it. We were forced to experience it, and we must grow due to what we went through.

TIP-INS

The Hawks outscored the Celtics in the third quarter, 31-20… The first made 3-pointer for Atlanta in the game was a shot by Young from 28 feet out early in the second quarter. The first half saw Atlanta shoot just 1 for 16 from 3-point range.

Celtics: Finished the second quarter with a 45-25 lead against the Hawks…

In the first quarter, Tatum scored 13 points… T-shirts with the phrase “Unfinished Business” hung over TD Garden seats. This was a nod to that Boston’s championship run from the previous year ended when Golden State defeated them in the NBA Finals. Both the “I” and the “S” in incomplete were emphasized, with the “S” being fashioned to seem like an “8” as a reference to the fact that the club is now trying to win its 18th title.

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