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.