Wallace likely out a week
Wallace, who injured the front part of his foot during Sunday's win over Toronto, underwent X-rays after telling Rivers he couldn't play Monday and, while the tests were negative, the training staff suggested some time off.
“Looks like a week, maybe," said Rivers. "It’s day-to-day, but I would say maybe a week. Maybe less. It’s going to be day-to-day. I think it’s [his] toe... I’m not sure what it is. I don’t know exactly. I know it started hurting him [Sunday] night after the game. In the locker room he was saying his foot was bothering him and then this morning it got bigger I guess. But when he came to the game, he thought he was going to play. He actually went out and and tried to warm up, and he came in and said, 'Hey Coach, I can’t go.' And we did X-rays and all that, and they were negative, but they also showed that he probably needs a break."
Wallace, already filling in for Kevin Garnett, who has missed six straight games and is expected to be sidelined for at least 10 more days with a hyperextended right knee, is the latest addition to the Celtics' injury report.
Starters to finish
After Rivers was ejected in the third quarter, the Celtics didn't utilize a single sub over the final 19 minutes of the game, even as the Hawks rallied ahead.
"I think with me getting thrown out, it kind of left our staff -- it happened so quick," said Rivers. "It's almost like Rasheed. So leaving the guys in that were playing well was probably the safe bet. I don't know."
Even with the Celtics playing the second night of a back-to-back after Sunday's win in Toronto, and doing so shorthanded due to the last-minute scratch of Wallace, Pierce refused to blame the loss on being tired.
But the stats speak for themselves. Every starter except Brian Scalabrine, Wallace's replacement, played 42 minutes or more, including the final 19 with Glen Davis, who is also working himself back into game shape.
"I think it just comes to wanting to be out there and having the will to win," said Pierce. "I know both teams were tired."
No answer for Johnson, Crawford
Former Celtics first-round draft pick Joe Johnson produced his finest game against his former team, dropping a game-high 36 points on 14-of-25 shooting. Jamal Crawford, who scored 18 points in each of the Hawks' first two victories over Boston this season, scored Atlanta's final six points while finishing with 17 on the night.
"They have pretty good scorers in [Jamal Crawford and Joe Johnson] and we have to do a better job of putting pressure on them in terms of trapping them and getting the ball out of their hands," said Paul Pierce. "You allow a guy to go 1-on-1 with no help and it’s tough to guard pretty much any good scorer in the league as you see when Joe Johnson’s probing with the ball -- going left, going right and there’s no help defense. The same with Jamal Crawford, it’s tough for anybody. So we need to do a better job of putting pressure on them, getting the ball out of their hands, and we didn’t do that late.”
Said Hawks coach Mike Woodson: "We called [Crawford's] number. If he didn’t have it, he would kick it out to Joe and let Joe play. He made the driving lay-up and the leaner in the lane, which were huge buckets.”