ATLANTA - Wonder who the Boston Celtics will face in the second round of the NBA playoffs: Cleveland and LeBron James, or Washington and gimpy Gilbert Arenas?
BOSTON - Mike Bibby succeeded in firing up Boston's fans with his mouth.
BOSTON - Rajon Rondo outplayed Mike Bibby and helped the Boston Celtics silence Atlanta and its blustery point guard.
So this is what you've all been waiting for.
BOSTON - Ray Allen scored 18 points and Kevin Garnett had 16 as the two newcomers who led the Boston Celtics to the NBA's best record sparked them to a 104-81 win Sunday night in their playoff opener against the Atlanta Hawks.
BOSTON - The Atlanta Hawks are in the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Their stay may very well be short.
ATLANTA - Mike Woodson showed up at practice with a shaved head Friday.
MIAMI - As time dwindled down, Jason Williams implored Pat Riley to take one last time-out. He wasn't quite ready to see the season end.
ATLANTA - For the first time since 1999, the Atlanta Hawks are headed to the NBA playoffs.
NEW YORK - In control of their fate, the Hawks headed home for a game that could serve as both a potential postseason clincher and a possible playoff preview.
ATLANTA - Sam Cassell, the star of the postgame interviews, was the last player in the Celtics' locker room.
INDIANAPOLIS - Mike Dunleavy scored 28 points, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks 112-98 Tuesday night to avoid elimination from the Eastern Conference playoff race.
PHILADELPHIA - These are not the old Atlanta Hawks anymore.
ATLANTA - When the Philadelphia 76ers last appeared in the playoffs, Andre Iguodala was a wide-eyed rookie responsible for passing the ball to Allen Iverson.
ATLANTA - Mike Bibby hit a tying 3-pointer in regulation, Josh Smith made two in overtime, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors 127-120 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory.
ATLANTA - Kyle Korver was just ready to get out of the house and return to what he does best - shoot 3-pointers.
SAN ANTONIO - Tim Duncan made a jumper with 0.4 seconds left to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a 102-100 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.
WASHINGTON - John Wall had 26 points and 12 assists, Trevor Ariza scored 24 points and made five 3-pointers, and the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 108-101 on Saturday night.
ATLANTA - Arron Afflalo scored 26 points, Victor Oladipo and Andrew Nicholson added 18 apiece and the Orlando Magic snapped a 17-game road losing streak with a 109-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA- Brandon Bass was back in the starting lineup on Saturday night, leading the Celtics to a victory.
ATLANTA - Paul Millsap, signed in the offseason to replace Josh Smith, had 19 points to steal the spotlight in Smith's return to Atlanta, leading the Hawks to a 93-85 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
MIAMI - For the Miami Heat, the third quarter was pretty much the whole story. Chris Bosh tumbled over some courtside seats on one end, and LeBron James apologized to a few fans during one particularly frustrating moment on the other.
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