BOSTON Teams

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Hawks beat Celtics 104-92 to clinch series 4-2. The ViewFromVegas is they also covered as 3-point road favorites and the game stayed under 198.5 as both teams dribbled out last possessions. The Westgate SuperBook had the Hawks as -165 series favorites before the playoffs started.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Hawks 104, Celtics 92: A season in which Boston won 48 games and challenged for a top seed in the Eastern Conference ends with a Game 6 loss to the Hawks. A first-round playoff exit will sting, even if Boston was never long for the postseason. The future is bright, particularly if the pingpong balls bounce Boston's way on May 17. The team has its current core under control, but has the cap space for a bigger summer overhaul. It's now up to Danny Ainge and his staff to build a roster capable of competing for a bigger prize.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics won't go quietly. Despite trailing by as much as 28, Boston rallied within 12 with 3:16 to play. As was often the case in this series, the team might have simply dug itself too big of a hole to claw itself out.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Atlanta has been terrific and deserves to advance but I'm disappointed we didn't get to see the competitive series I think this would have been with a healthy Avery Bradley.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Just when Celtics look like they're making a dent into Hawks' lead, slicing a 22-point deficit to 14, Atlanta scores last seven points of third. Boston surrendered an alley-oop layup, Marcus Smart had a very bad turnover and Jared Sullinger was called for a bad offensive foul setting a screen in the backcourt on Dennis Schroder to help Atlanta take 80-59 lead into fourth.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Hawks 78, Celtics 59 (end 3rd): Twelve minutes to go in Boston's season. Celtics could never sustain a third-quarter charge. Boston shooting only 32.4 percent; Hawks at 52.5 percent.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics trim 20-point deficit to 16. Mike Budenholzer calls timeout to calm crowd down and settle Hawks. Atlanta better not fall in love taking three-pointers while trying to hold onto lead. Hawks, who have had trouble holding onto leads, have been good attacking this quarter.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas got hit by a Hawks' hand to head on drive with no call. Thomas immediately yelled at ref and drew a technical. Hawks up 59-41 with 7:17 left. Danger zone time for Boston.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

According to NBAwowy.com the current Boston front court of Jonas Jerebko, Kelly Olynyk and Amir Johnson played 19 minutes together this season and was outscored by 16.0 points per 100 possessions in that span. I'm mystified.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics down 17. Speaking of 17, the pingpong balls dance at the NBA Draft lottery on May 17.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Eduardo Rodriguez's line for Triple-A Pawtucket tonight in Syracuse: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 75 pitches/45 strikes. Red Sox were hoping for five innings. Next start: Tuesday. Sox will assess his status after that.

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Crowder is too much for Scott (0:19)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Hawks 41, Celtics 33 (halftime): Boston has to feel lucky to be within eight. The Celtics shot a mere 27.7 percent (13 of 47) and 17.6 percent beyond the 3-point arc (3 of 17). Isaiah Thomas posted a team-high 9 points on just 3-of-11 shooting (he added five assists). Hawks haven't shot the ball great, but 42.5 percent (17 of 40) looks pretty solid compared to Boston's struggles.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

This time it's the Celtics who are the home team shooting ice cold. Boston missed 28-of-its-first-37 shots and has made only 3-of-14 treys with six minutes left in second quarter.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Hawks 20, Celtic 17 (end 1st): Jonas Jerebko carrying Boston early on both ends of the floor. He's got eight points and had a loud late-first quarter swat of Dennis Schroder. Celtics shooting a mere 29 percent (7 of 24). Kent Bazemore and Tim Hardaway Jr. with five points apiece.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jonas Jerebko barking at Dennis Schorder with a "Get that s— out" after the late first-quarter block.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston fans were so appreciative of seeing Bill Russell in attendance on the JumboTron that the Celtics showed Russell twice during same timeout. And Russell cracked a smile and waved after the second wave of cheers.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Russell on JumboTron.

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Minutes after the NFL Draft began, the Patriots posted a picture of the back of Tom Brady's jersey on Instagram. The team's Twitter avatar is also the same picture of Brady's jersey. A coincidence or a subtle form of public protest on a night they don't have a first-round pick because of Deflategate penalties? The latter seems like a safe guess.

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