The Atlanta Hawks hope that there is no place like home in their best-of-seven playoff series against the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics have a 2-0 series lead after dominating both games in Boston. The third game will begin tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Will Trae Young and Jayson Tatum continue to shine?
The Atlanta Hawks secured the seventh seed by defeating the Heat in the play-in tournament, which was fantastic, but it put them up against the East’s best team, the second-seeded Celtics.
They had been outclassed in the first two games of the series, although showing enough fight on Tuesday to keep it intriguing, but the Celtics kept them at bay and proved to be too much.
Dejounte Murray led the way with 39 points on 7 three-pointers. He kept the Hawks in the game in the second half. In addition, he had 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
Trae Young finished with 24 points and 6 assists while shooting only 9 of 22 from the field. De’Andre Hunter led the squad with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Bogdan Bogdanovich chipped in with 18 points and 12 rebounds. They hit 42% of their shots from the field. They are not hurt, which is wonderful news.
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The red-hot Boston Celtics made the first two games of this series seem easy, winning at home on Tuesday to establish a 2-0 lead.
The Celtics dominated the game from start to finish, building a big advantage in the second half. The Hawks, to their credit, didn’t give up and made it interesting in the fourth quarter, but the Celtics flipped the switch back on and easily won.
The Celtics seemed like they could score whenever they wanted, hitting 56% from the field and 45% from three points.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists.
In Game 2 on Tuesday, Tatum topped all Celtics players in scoring, three-pointers made, and rebounds, finishing with the team’s lone double-double.
The big man has at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in two consecutive postseason games.
Derrick White had 26 points and 7 rebounds. Meanwhile, despite an injured hand, Jaylen Brown scored 18 points and Marcus Smart added 14. Brown’s name does not appear on the injury report, therefore he’s fine.