Hawks Girl The Rivalry

December 17, 2008 - 12:10 pm

The Boston Celtics will put their 15 game win streak on the line tonight in Atlanta against the Hawks. The folks in Atlanta are obviously trying to play this game up to sell additional tickets. Have you seen how this game is positioned on the Atlanta Hawks web site? I mean, really, is the dramatic Braveheart-like music necessary in the video montage? The Hawks are pulling out all of the stops to try and jam the Philips Arena, including a half time performance by Ludacris (who is from Atlanta)! For those over 30 readers, this is Ludacris. It is too bad that this game isn't sold out, because the Hawks are young, athletic, and play an exciting brand of basketball. Atlanta has proven over the years that it just isn't a sports town with its terrible fan support for the local pro teams. This is just another example that this won't be a rivalry until the Hawks fans get behind their team and show them the respect. Meanwhile, back in title town, I think people are looking forward to this game as well. With that said, maybe for different reasons? Who remembers "Hot Hawks Girl" from last year's playoffs? I think it's fair to say that there will be some wandering eyeballs looking for her court side appearance once again tonight. Ok, after that brief respite, we are back on track with some pre-game nuggets from our friends at STATs:

  • Boston has won four games in a row against Atlanta, including a 103-102 victory in the first match-up between these clubs this season.
  • The Hawks will be looking to extend their current win streak to four games in a row. Atlanta is 9-1 at home this season and has won seven in a row there.
  • The Celtics have won 15 consecutive games and their 23-2 start this season matches the best 25-game start in NBA history.
  • Rajon Rondo scored a career-high 25 points against the Jazz on Monday in his second 20-point performance of the season. Boston is 15-0 when Rondo scored in double figures this season.
  • Joe Johnson has made the fourth-most three-pointers in the league this season (57). Johnson has scored over 20 points in each of his last two meetings with the Celtics and is averaging 17.4 points in 15 career games against them.
  • Paul Pierce has scored at least 30 points in two of his last three meetings with Atlanta.
So enjoy "The Rivalry" tonight, but lets face it, the real rivalry is a match-up on Christmas Day against a team from L.A.
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