After a shortened, almost rushed season, the Celtics have survived to reach the postseason and find themselves facing a familiar playoff foe in the Atlanta Hawks.
Atlanta will have home-court advantage in the series, but the Celtics should have the veteran know-how to win on the road, led by Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo.
While Avery Bradley has come on strong for the Celts down the stretch, Ray Allen will certainly be a player to watch, considering Allen’s ankle injury continues to linger and the Celtics don’t know what exactly to expect from their future Hall of Famer rounding into the postseason.
NESN.com’s Celtics beat writer Ben Watanabe stopped by the podcast to chat with NESN Nation’s Dan Duquette to preview the team’s first round matchup, guess at who will be the X factor between the Celtics and Hawks, which team is prime to break out and surprise this year and much more.
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