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The Boston Celtics failed to close out their first-round series against the Hawks on Tuesday night in Atlanta.
The Green were only down by one when Rajon Rondo stole Josh Smith’s inbounds pass with 10 seconds remaining, but Al Horford stuck Rondo to the edge. The point guard lost control and just tried to make a pass as the last few seconds ticked away, but Smith knocked the pass away keeping the Hawks’ season alive.
Comcast SportsNet’s Gary Tanguay joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to discuss how banged up this Celtics team really is, Al Horford and Rajon Rondo.
Paul Pierce left Game Four after about 16 minutes with a sore left knee and Ray Allen has been battling a right ankle injury. How beat up is this team?
“They’re not banged up like Chicago, but let me put it this way all of a sudden the Hawks have become more healthy than the Celtics, which is a factor.”
With the chance to close things out Tuesday night in Game 5 and get some much-needed rest before the next round the Celtics came up short. Was Tanguay surprised or is it just par for the course with this team in these types of situations?
“I’m just not surprised with what happened last night, they just don’t close things out this team never has even when they were champions.”
In his first start since January, Hawks center Al Horford put up 19 points and had a hand in a defensive play at the end to keep his team alive. Did Boston just not expect Horford to be as healthy as he was coming back from injury?
“Horford is coming off a pec injury somebody has got to put a body on him and I’m not saying you got to take him out, but you have to be more physical.”
“Horford had to easy a night getting to the basket.”
The guys also discussed the last few seconds of the game and why the Celtics didn’t foul with 17 seconds left.