The Boston Celtics face the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference playoff series on Tuesday. This game begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT at the TD Garden.
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The Atlanta Hawks have an uphill battle in their bid to unseat the Celtics, the conference’s No. 2 seed.
They won Game 4 in Atlanta on Friday, but the Celtics came back and finished the job on Sunday night.
In Game 4, Trae Young had 35 points and 15 assists to lead the squad.
For the third time in four games, Young had the most points and assists, as well as numerous thefts.
In the last two games in Atlanta, the All-Star point guard averaged 33.5 points, 12.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.0 blocks.
He only had 20.0 points and 7.0 assists in the first two games in Boston, so he’ll have to step up in Game 5 on the road on Tuesday if the Hawks are to avoid elimination.
Nobody was hurt, but Murray had an altercation with an official after the game. The league is investigating potential disciplinary action.
The Boston Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks 129-121 on Sunday to grab a 3-1 series lead. They will now return to Boston to try to finish the game and get some rest before facing the Sixers, who are also recuperating after sweeping the Nets.
The Celtics dominated in all phases, paced by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who both scored 31 points.
Tatum surpassed 30 points for the first time in the first round, despite struggling from three early on. He blocked at least three shots for the third time this season.
In four postseason games against Atlanta, Tatum averaged 28.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.0 block, and 0.8 steals while shooting 44/40/87.
Meanwhile, Brown is tied for the team lead with Jayson Tatum. The wing had a strong rebound shooting effort after missing all four of his three-point attempts in Game 3.
Brown has averaging 23.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.8 steals in 37.0 minutes per game in the first four playoff games against Atlanta.
According to Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks’ official website, Danilo Gallinari (knee) has been ruled out of Game 5 against the Hawks on Tuesday.
Gallinari has yet to play this season after undergoing offseason ACL surgery. There’s still a chance he’ll play in the postseason, but the Celtics haven’t given any indication that he’s close to returning.