It is not over yet for the Atlanta Hawks, but it sure does not look promising for the team that opened its first-round series against the Boston Celtics with home-court advantage. After a win to open the series, the Hawks have dropped three straight, including Sunday night’s humiliation, 101-79, in Boston.
And so, the Celtics lead the series 3-1 when just last week they were in not in a good position. To wit: They had lost Game 1 and their floor general, Rajon Rondo, was suspended for Game 2 for bumping into a referee. But the Hawks failed to take advantage of their advantages. They lost Game 2 at home against the Rondo-less Celtics, fell in Game 3 without injured Josh Smith (knee) and basically did not show up Sunday night — even though Smith returned as well as Al Horford, who missed much of the season with a pectoral injury.
The Celtics raced out to a 37-point lead in the third quarter behind forward Paul Pierce, who had 24 in 18 minutes. He did tweat a knee, but it is not thought to be serious enough to keep him out of Thursday’s Game 5. Rondo was typically awesome: 20 points and 16 assists in leading the Boston assault.