The Celtics got off to the strong start they had been lacking in recent games in Tuesday night’s Game 5 against the Atlanta Hawks.
But then it was pretty much all down hill from there.
After jumping out to a 10-point lead midway through the second quarter, the Celtics went ice cold while the Hawks caught their stride. Boston was outscored 74-42 in the second and third quarters, rendering the first and fourth pretty much irrelevant, as the Hawks claimed a 110-83 Game 5 win to take the edge in the series.
Celtics star Isaiah Thomas, who entered the game as the leading scorer in the playoffs, was shut down by a strong Atlanta defense that double-teamed the shifty guard on every possession. Thomas scored a season-low 7 points on 3-for-12 shooting before leaving early in the fourth quarter after rolling his ankle following a driving layup. The injury is being called a mild left ankle sprain, but Thomas said after the game that he expects to play in Thursday’s Game 6.
The Celtics will look to force a Game 7 when they return to Boston on Thursday night on the brink of elimination. Tickets to Game 6 between the Celtics and Hawks, with tip-off scheduled for 8 p.m., are available HERE.