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Apr 20, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers questions an official during the first half against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 20, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers questions an official during the first half against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

The Celtics almost pulled it off. They walked into this game unafraid and said to the Atlanta Hawks, we'll beat you with 4 All Stars tied behind our backs. And they almost did it. Time and time again they pulled within one point, but to the Hawks credit (I guess) they held us off each time. They did what they were supposed to do, win the game, so they get one step closer to home court advantage.

Still, they can't feel great about this barely-a-win (at home no-less) against the Celtics bench mob. On the flipside, how about that bench? Avery Bradley is a man-grown all of a sudden, dropping 28 points and looking good doing it. Keyon Dooling had his best game in forever (but still managed a negative 15 in +/-). Daniels and Bass chipped in with double figures as well. Even the rookies (JJJ and Moore) got some burn.

We even got our first Sean Williams sighting (1 rebound in 3 min.) and some quality minutes out of Ryan Hollins.

But at the end of the day, Joe Johnson ruled the day and the Hawks got their win. See you in the playoffs guys.