The Boston Celtics are hoping that the confines of home will help them get off to a better start tonight in game three of this First Round series against the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks have gotten off to quick starts as evidenced by the 55-26 disparity in the opening quarters of their first two games. Head Coach Brad Stevens is still pondering a lineup change for game three.
“We’ve got to be better at the start, but at the same time it’s not going to be just about the first six minutes,” said Stevens. “We’ve got to play well throughout the whole 48. [The Hawks are] playing at a really good level that we’re playing against. They’re a really good team. And so we have to play well.”
The Celtics center Kelly Olynyk as well as Avery Bradley are still listed as day to day and without them, the offense has had difficulty in stretching out the Hawks defense.