Regardless of where the Hawks-Celtics first-round playoff series will begin, it will start on Sunday, April 29.
If the Celtics beat the Bucks tonight and the Hawks fall to the Mavericks, Boston will gain home court advantage in the first round — which they clearly don’t prioritize, judging by how many players have rested with minor injuries/no injuries during the past week.
Filed under the category of “True Statements That Almost Sound Like A Mean, Sarcastic Joke,” the Celtics will have Sasha Pavlovic to thank if they ultimately host the Hawks. Pavlovic, shaking off a rough five-year stretch to provide Boston with solid bench play ever since the All-Star break, exploded for 16 second-half points to lead a 78-66 victory against the Heat. The Celtics entered the fourth quarter tied at 50-all, but Pavlovic decided to pull a Greg Jennings and put the team on his back.