|Atlanta Hawks 11-12 First Round Playoffs Game 2|
|Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia|
|May 1, 2012, 7:00 PM|
|FOX Sport South, NBATV, 99X and 98.9 FM, NBA Audio League Pass|
|Avery Bradley||PG||Jeff Teague|
|Mickael Pietrus||SG||Kirk Hinrich|
|Paul Pierce||SF||Joe Johnson|
|Brandon Bass||PF||Josh Smith|
|Kevin Garnett||C||Jason Collins|
- Paul Pierce. When Rondo doesn't play in a game, Doc Rivers, at times, likes to put Paul Pierce in a Point-Forward role. Doc puts the ball in Pierce's hands and lets him either create a shot for himself or create a shot for others. Pierce actually embraces that role and has excelled at it this season.
- Joe Johnson's offensive game. This is the one thing I worry about the most. Joe Johnson had an off-Game 1, to say the least. He missed open shots and struggled to take care of the ball and create shots in the half court set. Joe has been quoted that he has to make changes by going quicker and not hold on to the ball as much. Joe has to stay true to his words if he wants to help this team.
- Jason Collins defending Kevin Garnett. KG opted to post up more than go pick-and-pop and as a result, his first half was terrible. Collins defended him in the post very well, but when KG decided to go outside or take Collins off the dribble, he hurt the Hawks. If KG abuses Collins tonight, how early can LD decide to put Josh Smith or Ivan Johnson on him?
- Jeff Teague. One negative thing that happened for the Hawks with the Rondo suspension, is that the Celtics will have Bradley defending Teague instead of Rondo. Rondo is a good defender, but I think Bradley is a tougher match-up for Teague. He has the size, quickness, and hands to really bother him. Teague's aggressiveness is a question mark coming into every game, and for tonight, his aggressiveness has to be at a high if he wants to be effective.
- Which role player will step up and make shots? Kirk Hinrich and Jannero Pargo were relied on to making 6 three pointers in Game 1, and I'm sure that, that kind of play from the Hawks' role players has to be duplicated (if not, improved). Hinrich, Pargo, Green, McGrady, Williams, Johnson, and maybe Radmanovic are always the candidates. At least 2 of the 7 have to perform and contribute to take some off the pressure from Johnson, Smith, and Teague.