The Atlanta Hawks lost to the Boston Celtics 87-69 today at COX Pavilion at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in a matinee matchup.  This was the third of five NBA Summer League games for the Hawks this summer.  This was also the second game of a back-to-back for the Hawks.  With the loss today, the Hawks dropped to 1-2 in the Summer League.  The starters for the Hawks today were Brad Wanamaker and John Jenkins in the backcourt, John Shurna and Mike Scott at the two forward positions, and Keith Benson at center.  The Hawks were lead by Mike Scott and John Jenkins, who scored 12 points apiece.  Scott also grabbed six boards.  Keith Benson added a double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds.  The Celtics were lead by Kris Joseph and Jared Sullinger, who each scored 14 points.  In the first quarter, the Hawks went up by as many as six, but the Celtics came back to take a 23-16 lead over the Hawks at the end of one.  In the second quarter, the Hawks were outscored 26-15, and they trailed the Celtics by 18 at the half.  In the third quarter, the Hawks outscored the Celtics 21-18 to cut the Celtics' lead to 67-52 heading into the final frame.  In the fourth quarter, the momentum started shifting in the Hawks way.  With Jordan Taylor running the point, the Hawks cut the Celtics' lead to just eight with seven minutes to play.  Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo were struggling inside due to great defense in the paint by Keith Benson.  However, Coach Lester Connor pulled Taylor from the game after he took an ill-advised three-pointer on a 4-2 fastbreak.  Benson missed a couple of shots, and Coach Connor subbed him out of the game in favor of Mike Scott.  This was not a good decision.  Taylor might have taken a bad shot, but he was carrying the Hawks with his ball distribution.  Benson might not have had his shot falling, but he was dominating on defense.  When Taylor went out, the momentum shifted.  All the momentum the Hawks had gained with Taylor at the point was lost.  To make matters worse, Mike Scott (who is three inches shorter than Benson) allowed the Celtics to get some easy inside buckets.  The Celtics quickly pushed the lead back up to 18, and the Hawks were unable to finish the rally effort.  I think another key reason (besides untimely substitutions) that the Hawks lost was three-point shooting.  The Hawks shot a mere 16.7% from beyond the arc.  Tough loss for the Hawks against the rival Boston Celtics.
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