Apr 11, 2012; Boston, MA USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) drives the ball against Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Joe Johnson (2) in overtime at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks 88-86 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Celtics Vs. Hawks: Atlanta Downs Boston On Friday Night

The Boston Celtics fell to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday evening.

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Kevin Garnett And Paul Pierce Out For Friday's Game Vs. Hawks

According to Kurt Helin of Pro Baksetball Talk, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will sit out the Celtics game versus the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.

But both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are going to sit out Friday night's game for rest, tweets A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Coach Doc Rivers left himself some wiggle room by saying he would "probably" rest the All-Star duo, but unless you plan to rest them you don't put it out there.

Ray Allen and Mikel Pietrus will also sit with injuries, so the Celtics will be a pretty depleted bunch on the road. With home court advantage in the first round on the line, Doc Rivers seems to be placing more emphasis on rest than home court. If the Celtics lose on Friday, they'll likely play the Hawks in the first round, with games one and two (and potentially seven) in Atlanta.

For more Celtics and Hawks coverage, visit CelticsBlog and Peachtree Hoops.

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