DeMarcus Cousins to Boston Celtics?

It's a tall order, but one the Hawks are embracing and were even quietly hoping for.

"I'm not that old, but the greatest players, the best players always took care of their bodies the best", Thomas said Friday after an exit interview at the Celtics practice facility. "I think our identity is more on the defensive end than the offensive end this year".

- Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk was among the walking wounded for Boston's first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, missing Games 2 and 3 after aggravating a right shoulder injury.

Cleveland swept a young Detroit team in the first round and will have had eight days of rest by the time it opens the second round on Monday. "I just tweaked it. I tweaked it in Game 4 as well in the fourth quarter". Horford came in cold, but had an outstanding game last night.

The good news for the Hawks is they have found their touch from the outside over the last two games, connecting on 22 3-pointers. Another big factor for Atlanta in this game was their ability to protect the paint.

This time, however, the team learnt its lessons from past collapses and came out strong in the third quarter outscoring the Celtics 39-26 in the period. But they just proved it over six games. Shaun Livingston says that he's going to be more aggressive offensively for however long Curry is sidelined. Just getting back to my game, not worrying about my shot, just doing the little things and having fun.”.

It's kind of the way my world works. It was made obvious throughout this series, but it was a good learning experience, nonetheless, for a team who will be back.

Thomas expressed confidence that his teammates will be able to step up with the series on the line, and guard Marcus Smart will get one more chance in front of the home crowd after posting 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists in Game 4.

Already with the win in the bag, the Hawks coasted to a 110-83 win.

Though both teams finished with identical 48-34 regular season records, Atlanta held the head-to-head tiebreaker and thus earned home court advantage in this No. 4/No. 5 first round series.

"It's an opportunity league, and there's a lot of guys that get an opportunity and they shine", he said. They didn't have the easiest road to the playoffs yet they are here.

It was there in 2012 when James' Miami Heat were facing elimination in Game 6 of the 2012 conference finals when James erupted for 45 points and 15 rebounds to force a seventh game. It was at the worst possible time and it only helped spark the Hawks run even more, which is something Boston was unable to do. For the Celtics to beat them everything had to go right and after evening the series at 2-2, everything went wrong. The other team was the Rockets, who achieved the feat in the 2013 playoffs. "When he has it going I look at him as a great shooter". Boston can retain the pick and get a high valued rookie prospect but if they want to be a serious title contender they can explore in trading this pick and target other superstars that may be available in the trade market.

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