Celtics Vs. Hawks: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce 'Probably' Out Tonight

PHOENIX AZ - JANUARY 28: Assistant coach Lawrence Frank of the Boston Celtics walks Paul Pierce #34 Ray Allen #20 and Kevin Garnett #5 back to the bench after an altercation against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on January 28 2011 in Phoenix Arizona. The Suns defeated the Celtics 88-71. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Hawks may have a golden opportunity to get a leg up on the race for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Rivers left himself the room to change his mind in regards to both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce but it looks like the Hawks won't be having to worry about a large chunk of Boston's regulars. Blakely also indicates that Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus are all officially out.

Atlanta is expected to be without starting center Zaza Pachulia who has missed the last three games with a foot injury. Forgive Hawks fans if this news isn't particularly comforting. Atlanta lost a triple-overtime game to the Miami Heat earlier this season with both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade sitting out due to injury. However, if Garnett and Pierce both don't play then Boston will be down a significant part of its regular rotation.

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