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05/01/2012 - 12:36pm
Smith: Hawks plan to pressure Bradley

ATLANTA -- There's no mystery what the Hawks will try to do to Avery Bradley in Game 2 with Rajon Rondo serving his one-game suspension.

"Do what he does to us," Hawks' forward Josh Smith said. "He’s one of the great defenders in this league at a young age. Just see if he likes it a little bit, picking him up fullcourt, turning him a little bit and making it hard for him to initiate their offense."

The Celtics have anticipated that and plan to use Paul Pierce to help relieve pressure in the backcourt. There's no doubt that not having Rondo alters the dynamic for the Celtics. 

"It changes a lot for them," Smith said. "He’s the distributor on their team. He gets them in a lot of their sets. Without him, he’s the head of the snake. We’re going to try and take advantage of that tonight. Knowing they’re still a capable team without him, but their chances of winning are at a...

05/01/2012 - 12:21pm
Bradley, Pietrus will start in backcourt

ATLANTA -- Without Rajon Rondo, who is serving a one-game suspension for bumping official Marc Davis in Game 1, the Celtics will start Avery Bradley and Mickael Pietrus at guard for Game 2 against the Hawks. Ray Allen remains a game-time decision, but coach Doc Rivers said that Allen didn't do much in Monday's practice due to his ankle injury. With Rondo out, the Celtics anticipate the Hawks will try to pressure Bradley.

"We’re going to have to help him," Rivers said. "He has improved, obviously at that position but he’s more comfortable at the other position. Paul [Pierce] will have to do some ballhandling duties to help out. We anticipate them pressuring him -- that’s what they do – to try and speed Avery up and we can’t allow that."

Rivers also said that Keyon Dooling could see some time with Bradley to help with ballhandling duties.

"Keyon and Avery will play at times if we feel...

05/01/2012 - 12:00pm
Harbaugh: Patriots' Super Bowls 'stained'
By: DJ Bean

Ravens coach John Harbaugh took a bit of a jab at the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick in an interview on 98 Rock Radio in Baltimore Tuesday. 

Harbaugh, whom Belichick recommended to the Ravens prior to his 2008 hiring, was asked about the urge to bend the rules. Here's what he had to say:

"In the end everything is brought before the light of day when it's all said and done. ... So what happens is, even the thing in New England and the thing ... No matter whether those things had any impact on whether they won their championships or not, they got asterisks now. It's been stained. So to me it's never worth it.

"You've got to figure out ways to use the rules to your advantage, you've got to figure out ways to make the most of everything, we've got new work rules here as far as what we can do and what we can't do with our players, we're going to make the most of it and what we're finding is, man, in a way we can do...

05/01/2012 - 9:42am
Foster, Malloy, Wall refs for Game 2

The NBA announced Tuesday morning that Scott Foster, Ed Malloy and Scott Wall will be the three officials for Game 2 of the Celtics-Hawks series on Tuesday night in Atlanta.

Malloy has recent postseason history with the Celtics, having ejected Paul Pierce from Game 1 of last year's Eastern Conference second-round series against the Heat for taunting Dwyane Wade. The decision to eject Pierce was a controversial one, with many in the national media believing that Malloy significantly overreacted in his actions.

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05/01/2012 - 8:02am
Mashup: Amar'e hurts hand punching glass

Following the Knicks' 104-94 loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their first-round series Monday night in Miami, Amar'e Stoudemire took out his frustration on a glass case housing a fire extinguisher. The result was a cut on Stoudemire's left hand that might prevent the forward from playing in Game 3.

Tweeted Stoudemire after he left the arena with his hand wrapped and his arm in a sling: I am so mad at myself right now, I want to apologize to the fans and my team, not proud of my actions, headed home for a new start.

Stoudemire was treated in the locker room by paramedics. While the Knicks did not immediately rule out the player for the next game, the general feeling was that the injury would make it difficult for him to return.

"You never want to hear anyone gets hurt," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "Hopefully he gets better. We want all their guns on the court."

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