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April 29, 2008

Doc, KG will be wearing goat horns if stunning slide continues

Bill Burt

We've seen this before. And quite frankly, many of us are not over it yet.

The Boston Celtics losing to the Atlanta Hawks is akin to the New England Patriots losing the Super Bowl to the New York Giants.

I'm not going to predict it will happen, in fact, I believe the Celtics will win this series. But I'd be more surprised if it didn't go seven games.

I'll be honest, I am intrigued by what lies ahead, specifically tomorrow night. The Celtics have not been in such dire straits since those darn ping-pong balls went wacky in Secaucus, N.J., last May 22.

They lost a few here and there, but not like this. Not against the Atlanta Hawks. Two straight after seemingly toying with coach Mike Woodson's crew in the first two games of their opening-round series.

Last night's 97-92 loss in Game 4 to even up the series was baffling. The Celtics were dreadful from the foul line, 10 for 18, with Paul Pierce just 4 for 8. And they missed about 10 shots from layup distance, including three easy misses by Rajon Rondo.

But what was even more baffling was the fact that the Celtics, after a quick 16-3 lead that had KO punch (for the game and the series) written all over it, looked like a team that hadn't been to the playoffs before. Come to think of it, that's just who they are.

For some reason, coach Doc Rivers has shortened the bench. Tony Allen and Glen "Big Baby" Davis, two sparkplugs throughout the season, have been no-shows. And poor Eddie House, the best shooter on the team, looked scared with stats to prove it (0 for 2).

Rivers didn't appear to make any adjustments in the second half to stop Joe Johnson (35 points) other than some weak double teams.

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