Celtics Game 2 keys against Atlanta Hawks

The Celtics will have to contain Atlanta’s Josh Smith tonight.

Three Celtics storylines to watch Tuesday night (7:30, CSNNE) in Game 2:

Filling Rondo’s void
Let’s get this out of the way right now: Nobody on the Celtics can do what Rajon Rondo does. His absence for tonight’s Game 2 will be apparent, and his selfishness could cost the team a series win over the Hawks. But not having Rondo isn’t the end of the world. It doesn’t mean the C’s will roll over and die. With Rondo in a suit, Avery Bradley will most likely move to the point guard position, while Mickael Pietrus slides into the shooting guard role. The bench becomes thinner, assuming Ray Allen is still out, but players like Keyon Dooling and rookie E’Twaun Moore will have to step up.

The real issue
The Rajon Rondo ejection overshadowed the Celtics’ real problem on Sunday: Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett did not show up to play. Pierce scored just 12 points on 5-19 shooting (0-6 from three-point range). Garnett’s stat line doesn’t look that bad, 20 points and 12 rebounds, but how about not starting the game 0-for-7 tonight? His poor play in the first quarter of Game 1 contributed greatly to the big hole the C’s found themselves in. Rondo or not, if these two can’t get it together, the season is over.
 
Take a step back
Yes, you, Celtics fan who’s ready to jump. A lot went right for the Hawks in Game 1. Do you think Atlanta will start the game shooting better than 70 percent for much of the first quarter? The C’s know now more than ever that they can’t allow the Hawks to get out on the break. They’ve got to slow the game down. And who knows? With Rondo out, Atlanta could develop a false sense of confidence.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for…

By David DeKokHARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach"…

Local

Future Boston Alliance invites you to #RidetheLine, support…

#RidetheLine aims to show the city, the nation, and the globe our creative impact as Boston citizens.

Local

(Update) Body of missing BU grad Eric Munsell…

The dead man pulled from the water at Boston's Long Wharf Wednesday afternoon was that of missing 24-year-old Boston University alumnus Eric Munsell, Boston Police said today.

National

On newly released tape, 'Squeaky' Fromme says was…

Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme told a mental health examiner in newly released interview the "X" she carved in her forehead was meant to separate her from "the system."

Movies

Tribeca: 'Goodbye to All That' star Paul Schneider…

Paul Schneider talks about his new film "Goodbye to All That," not acting too much and how he'd rather indulge in simple pleasures than play the scene.

The Word

Taylor Swift battles paparazzi daily at Tribeca penthouse

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.

Movies

Tribeca: Nikki Reed on going funny for a…

"Intramural" star Nikki Reed talks about being the straight person in a broad comedy, spending time in Austin and how "Thirteen" was a "miracle."

Arts

'Becoming Cuba' at Huntington is a bit short…

Playwright Melinda Lopez freely lampoons the English language for its lack of passion in her latest work, “Becoming Cuba.” Ironically, the Huntington Theatre Company’s playwright-in-residence…

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

MLB

5 infamous pitcher ejections for cheating

Never fear Yankees fans, Michael Pineda is far from the first MLB pitcher to be thrown out of a game for cheating.

NFL

Patriot’s schedule comes up fair

Those looking for built-in excuses for the Patriots 2014-2015 season will have to look elsewhere, because their schedule came up fair. For the fourth straight…

MLB

Nava demoted, Victorino return imminent

  Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava, who was batting a team-low .149/.240/.269, was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday. "His struggles at the plate, I…

Parenting

New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.

Tech

From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.

Style

Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.

Style

MAC & Proenza Schouler collection unveiled

MAC Cosmetics is releasing a new collection with Proenza Schouler.