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Atlanta's "Birds of Prey" vs. Celtics tonight. Boston needs to be the predator!

 Hawks are "birds of prey", and Atlanta's crew looked like just that when they overtook the Celtics after being down 30 points to The Green. Will the Celtics be predator or prey in tonight's contest?


In the previous game, the Hawks decided they were not going to succumb to the dominance of Boston and they were going to fight back. They morphed from prey-to-predator and won the game.

Being a nature freak, I have often witnessed a hawk take out a chipmunk or squirrel on the ground. They sink their talons into the unfortunate animal and block any possible escape by forming a barrier with their wings.

That is what the Atlanta team did. Their defense was stifling. They allowed Boston nothing. Plus, the Hawks kept hitting shot-after-shot. They sunk their talons in and stifled most efforts the Celtics made to resist.

Expect a different scenario tonight. Joe Mazzulla understandably experimented in the loss to Atlanta by putting in some end-of-bench subs with the game on the line - but tonight's contest needs to have a bit of "must-win"  attitude to it. 

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