Mar 19, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) celebrates with small forward Mickael Pietrus (28) against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half at Philips Arena. Boston won 79-76. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
The Celtics look to take a 2-1 series lead over the Hawks on the Friday night.
The Boston Celtics return home on Friday night, as they look to take a 2-1 series lead over the Atlanta Hawks in their first round match-up in the 2012 NBA Playoffs.
Tied at 72 more than halfway through the fourth quarter, the Celtics went on a 15-8 run to end the game, taking home court advantage from from the Hawks, as they head back to Boston.
Rajon Rondo will return to the lineup for game three, after being suspended for game two for making contact with an official. Josh Smith – who sprained his knee at the end of game two – is uncertain for game three. Meanwhile, Ray Allen – who's nursing an ankle injury – will likely suit up for this first time this series.
Game Time: 7:30 EST PM
Betting Line: The Celtics are eight point favorites