The visiting Atlanta Hawks will open their first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics on Saturday, featuring two of the NBA’s finest offenses.
The most recent injury report for Hawks – Celtics
FOR THE HAWKS
The Atlanta Hawks have had a difficult season, which has included a new backcourt, the termination of their head coach, and the now-uncertain future of their star player.
All of that, though, was overshadowed by the Hawks’ play-in game against Miami on Tuesday night.
Trae Young scored 25 points and Dejounte Murray added 18 for the Hawks, who won to secure the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Clint Capela scored 21 points to help the Hawks dominate the inside after missing much of the season due to injuries.
In the first round of the playoffs, the Hawks will now meet the Boston Bruins.
Despite the fact that the final game of the regular season was mostly played with replacements on both sides, Atlanta finished 0-3 against the Celtics this season.
The Hawks averaged 113.3 points per game in three games versus Boston this season.
The Hawks shot 45.6% from the field as a team and only 26.7% from three-point range, averaging slightly over nine per game.
This season, the Hawks have only turned the ball over nine times per game against Boston.
Young led Hawks scorers with 31 points a game, while Murray averaged slightly more than 16 points.
The Hawks have no players out due to injury heading into today’s game versus the Celtics.
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FOR THE CELTICS
The Boston Celtics have opened their second season, and they are primed to challenge for the Eastern Conference crown and beyond.
In season, the Celtics won 57 regular-season games, six more than the previous year.
Boston has made several important signings this year, most notably Sixth Man of the Year candidate Malcolm Brogdon.
Brogdon has contributed to the Celtics’ second unit by averaging over 15 points, nearly four rebounds, and nearly four assists per game.
The Celtics will also benefit from Robert Williams III’s return to health, who missed 47 games during the regular season and limped through the majority of the playoffs last year.
Keep an eye on All-Star Jaylen Brown, who is healing from five stitches in his hand and will miss the final four regular-season games.
Jayson Tatum, the Celtics’ leading scorer and rebounder, recognizes the value of experience this season.
This season, the Celtics outscored the Hawks by more than 13 points per game. The team averaged about 127 points per game and shot over 52% from the field.
The Celtics were strong from three-point range, making approximately 47% of their attempts and averaging 22 per game.
The Celtics turned the ball over approximately 12 times per game in three games versus the Hawks.
Tatum averaged 26 points per game against the Hawks, while Brown chipped in with 23.
The Celtics’ Derrick White averaged 17 points per game, and Brogdon scored 18 points in the one game he played against the Hawks this season.
Because of the game, only one player, Danilo Gallinari, who injured his knee, is unable to participate.