TheAtlanta Hawksare on the brink of elimination after a loss in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics. It was a night of questionable officiating and players losing their cool, especiallyDejounte Murray. After the game Murray s actions were note-worthy of the NBA. However, things are seemingly coming to an end for the Hawks who now travel to T.D. Garden for Game 5.
The Boston Celtics were favorites in the first-round matchup against the Hawks. Though the matchup between them isn t as exciting as others, it is having a huge impact on the players. The Celtics are just 1 win away from progressing to the second round. As for the Hawks, things are seemingly bleak at the moment, as only a handful of teams have come from behind with such a deficit.
Dejounte Murray is suspended for the Atlanta Hawks vs Boston Celtics game
It is a mutual feeling that bad officiating has plagued results this season. However, such officiating in a crucial game such as this, often gets the players to lose their cool. Dejounte Murray didn t hold back to make his feeling known after the game.Murray ended up imitating a referee, which resulted in his suspension for Game 5.Now the Hawks are without Murray for their trip to Boston.
Breaking: Hawks guard Dejounte Murray has been suspended for Game 5 for making inappropriate contact with and verbally abusing a game official, the NBA announced. pic.twitter.com/f7I8RCj8Hb
ESPN (@espn) April 24, 2023
TheCelticswill be happy to see Murray miss out on Game 5 as they will have an easier route to clinch the series. With a 3-1 lead and playing the next game at home, all things point toward the Celtics progressing. Without any notable injuries, the Celtics look destined to go deep in the playoffs. Let s take a look at the complete injury report and expected roster of both teams.
Atlanta Hawks injury report
- Dejounte Murray (Out)
Atlanta Hawks expected roster
- De Andre Hunter
- John Collins
- Clint Capela
- Trae Young
- Saddiq Bey
Boston Celtics injury report
- Danilo Gallinari (Out)
Boston Celtics expected roster
- Jaylen Brown
- Jayson Tatum
- Al Horford
- Derrick White
- Marcus Smart
The Boston Celtics are favored to win the series against the Atlanta Hawks
There is no way the Atlanta Hawks can make a last-ditch effort of saving their season. The Hawks will play away from home and without Murray.Jayson Tatumhas been incredible in the series and averaging 28.5 points against the Hawks in 4 games. The Hawks will be heavily reliant on Trae Young who is their best scorer in the series with 26.8 points. However, in the last game, the Celtics trumped the Hawks, 129-121.
The loss for the Haws in Game 4 is a crushing blow as the game was a quite close and competitive one. With bad officiating affecting the game, it won t both the Celtics as they walked away with a win. Nonetheless, tonight the Celtics will be favored to put the series to bed with a win over the Hawks. Let us know who you think will win tonight s game.