Apr 29, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Joe Johnson shoots a jump shot over Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce during the first half of Game 1 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the Celtics 83-74. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE
If the Boston Celtics are going to avoid going down 2-0 in their series against the Atlanta Hawks, they're going to have to do it without Rajon Rondo, and probably without Ray Allen.
The Boston Celtics are in a hole. They're down 1-0 in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Atlanta Hawks, and they'll have to brave Game 2 of the series on Tuesday without point guard Rajon Rondo. He was suspended for one game for making contact with an official in Game 1, from which he was ejected. The Celtics are a respectable 8-5 this season when Rondo doesn't play, but they're still a considerably worse team without him on the floor.
Before he was ejected, Rondo was having a great game with 20 points and 11 assists. With him out on Tuesday, the Celtics will rely on Avery Bradley to handle the ball more often, while Keyon Dooling will probably see more minutes in Game 2 than he did in Game 1. Mickael Pietrus is expected to enter the starting lineup in place of Rondo, with Bradley shifting to the point.
Both teams are also dealing with serious injury issues. Al Horford is not available for Game 2 and isn't expected to play in the first round of the playoffs. Zaza Pachulia, who sat out Game 1, will be a game-time decision before Game 2. Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen is also doubtful for Game 2, but could return at some point during the series.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Ga.
TV: NBA TV