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Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks game thread

The Atlanta Hawks look for their third straight win overall and for a little revenge against the rival Boston Celtics.


2012/2013 NBA Regular Season Game #42
Friday, January 25, 2013
Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
7:30 p.m. ET
SportSouth HD, 680 AM/93.7 FM
Probable Starters
Rajon Rondo PG TBA
Avery Bradley SG TBA
Paul Pierce SF TBA
Brandon Bass PF TBA
Kevin Garnett C TBA

Hawks injury report:

Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia and Devin Harris are all game-time decisions for tonight's game against the Boston Celtics. Horford is battling a hamstring and calf issues while Pachulia has a sore Achilles. Devin Harris suffered an ankle injury last Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs. None of the three played in Wednesday's win over the Charlotte Bobcats and Harris also missed Monday's game against the Timberwolves. Anthony Morrow is out on Friday with a back injury.

Celtics injury report:

None to report

Hawks player to watch: Josh Smith

Smith is coming off a near triple-double on Wednesday against the Bobcats and learned on Thursday that he had been yet again passed over for the NBA's All-Star Game. In the past Smith has responded to the omissions with a string of solid performances. The Hawks will need an All-Star performance from Smith given the status of Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia.

Celtics player to watch: Rajon Rondo

Given the matchup problems that Paul Pierce brings to the table it would be easy to go with him as the player to watch. However, I will go with Rondo given that he is coming off of a triple-double last night against the Knicks and has had eventful recent trips to Atlanta. Rondo has had run ins with NBA officials twice at Philips Arena and has been suspended both times. He is the head of the Celtics' attack at both ends of the floor and should be the Hawks' top priority to slowdown tonight.