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2012 NBA Playoffs Game Six Atlanta Hawks Vs. Boston Celtics Game Thread, Preview, TV & Radio Info, And More

Atlanta Hawks 11-12 First Round Playoffs Game 6



40-27 39-27
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
May 10, 2012, 8:00 PM
SportSouth, TNT, 99X and 98.9 FM, NBA Audio League Pass
Probable starters:
Jeff Teague PG Rajon Rondo
Joe Johnson SG Avery Bradley
Marvin Williams SF Paul Pierce
Josh Smith PF Brandon Bass
Al Horford C Kevin Garnett

Boston Celtics Lead Series 3-2

Hawks Injury/Inactive Report: Zaza Pachulia (foot) is out.

Celtics Injury/Inactive Report: None to report.

More SB Nation Coverage: SB Nation Atlanta, CelticsBlog

Game/Series Preview:

Zaza Pachulia tweeted that last night.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I haven't seen any "big-time" media member or analyst that thinks that Zaza Pachulia will tweet this tonight. Everyone expects the Celtics to win this game and close the series out tonight. Most pundits are saying that Celtics' overall experience, the Celtics' home court advantage, and the Hawks' mentally weak mind will just be too much to overcome for the Hawks tonight.

I personally believe both teams will play hard tonight, and that we'll see a close game. I don't expect the Hawks to crumble or get blown out like Stephen A. Smith thinks. This is a must win for both teams. The Hawks don't want to lose this game, because that will obviously end their season. The Celtics don't want to lose this game, because that extends the series to a Game 7 in Atlanta. I just think that both teams are pretty evenly talented and that both teams have the same "we have to win tonight" mindset.

Exit Question: Which Hawks player do you believe must not have a bad performance tonight, and do you believe Zaza Pachulia will tweet something positive tonight?

    Playoff Series Summary:

    Game 1 (April 29th): Celtics 74, Hawks 83 WIN

    Game 2 (May 1st): Celtics 87, Hawks 80 LOSE

    Game 3 (May 4): Hawks 84, Celtics 90 OT LOSE

    Game 4 (May 6): Hawks 79, Celtics 101 LOSE

    Game 5 (May 8): Celtics 86, Hawks 87 WIN

    Quick Hits:

    • Larry Drew's playoff record is now 8-9. He's 2-6 when it's on the road.
    • The Hawks all-time record vs. the Celtics in the playoffs is now 24-38.
    • The Hawks were 17-16 on the road in the regular season, while the Celtics were 24-9 at home.
    • The Hawks only had the chance to use the Teague-Johnson-Williams-Smith-Horford lineup 9 times in the regular season. That lineup went 6-3.
    • Zaza Pachulia won't play tonight, but if the Hawks win, TNT should interview Zaza and make him do the exact same thing here: