While Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo have been superb throughout the five game series, some of the Hawks' big name stars have given the Celtics fits in trying to close out the best-of-seven.
Joe Johnson has posed plenty of problems for Boston, as the Celtics' first-round pick in 2001 has developed into an elite scorer and stingy defender. Jeff Teague has also been a pest for the Celtics through the first five games. Teague is averaging 15.8 points and 3.8 assists per game in the series, and he continues to develop into an all-around threat at the point guard position.
Josh Smith, who was mentioned in some Celtics midseason trade talk, has also been solid this series, locking down a double-double in each of the four games he's played. Smith's a big body and a defensive presence that only continues to mature both on and off the court.
Then of course, there's Al Horford. The Hawks center only played in 11 games during the regular season and appeared in his first postseason action in Game 4. But the 25-year-old has hit the ground running upon his return. Horford scored 12 points and pulled down five rebounds in his return in Game 4, before contributing 19 points and grabbing 11 boards as he played a big role in Atlanta's 87-86 win in Game 5.
While the Celtics prepare to close out the series in Game 6 on Thursday,the Hawks should present a considerable challenge given their talented roster.
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