Boston Celtics vs Atlanta Hawks game thread

Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Hawks host the Boston Celtics for the first time since last season's playoff defeat.

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2012/2013 NBA Regular Season Game #32
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Saturday, January 5, 2012
Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
7:00 p.m. ET
SportSouth HD, 680 AM/93.7 FM
Probable Starters
Rajon Rondo PG Jeff Teague
Avery Bradley SG Lou Williams
Paul Pierce SF Kyle Korver
Brandon Bass PF Josh Smith
Kevin Garnett C Al Horford

Hawks injury report: Devin Harris (foot) and Anthony Morrow (hip) are both questionable and their status likely won't be determined until closer to tipoff. Both sat out last night's loss in Detroit. DeShawn Stevenson also sat out last night's game against the Pistons but is expected to play tonight. Johan Petro did not travel with the team to Detroit because of a stomach bug and is considered day-to-day.

Celtics injury report: Fab Melo is questionable with a concussion that he sustained by walking into a hotel door frame. (Seriously, I'm not making this up). Chris Wilcox is out with a thumb injury.

Hawks player to watch: Al Horford has been putting in quality work at both ends of the floor and the Hawks will need more of that tonight as he is likely to draw Kevin Garnett as a matchup.

Celtics player to watch: Paul Pierce has always been a difficult matchup and it will be interesting to see how the Hawks play it with Kyle Korver the likely starter at small forward. Despite not having a lot of players known for their defense, the Hawks have done a good job as a team. Kyle Korver is in fact a much better defender than his reputation suggests.

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