One first-round playoff series that many believed would be over at this point in time is the Boston Celtics taking on the Atlanta Hawks.
Many believe that the Celtics are the team to beat in the NBA playoffs right now, with Jayson Tatum and company being arguably the best all-around team and destined to reach the NBA Finals for a second straight year.
Unfortunately for Boston, the Hawks have proven more resilient than expected, with new head coach Quin Snyder calling the shots, as Atlanta has won one of the three games played thus far.
Although it is still a stretch that Trae Young can lead the Hawks to the second round, Atlanta has played better than expected and might be able to steal another game in this series.
However, things turned for the worse for the Hawks on Monday when the league announced that Dejounte Murray was suspended by the league for making contact with a referee in Game 4.
The following was released by the NBA. pic.twitter.com/6IEAnN4Mzj
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) April 24, 2023
Here are some of the fan reactions to Murray being suspended for Game 5 on Tuesday against the Celtics:
— ScottL.FantasyFootball-Celtics 🍀 (@scolegit13) April 24, 2023
Celtics in 5
— B1RDY (@chebird101) April 24, 2023
Brooks would never!
— 💜BROOKS POKED THE BEEHIVE💙 (@LeShoTime) April 24, 2023
so what about Tatum for pushing the ref?
— LBJ ʰᶦᵐ (@KiLBJJ) April 24, 2023
Without Murray in the fold for Game 5 in Atlanta at State Farm Arena on Wednesday, the Hawks will find it difficult to compete with this Celtics team.
The Celtics are as tough to beat as any team in the league and will undoubtedly challenge this shorthanded Hawks team.
Although Murray hasn’t met expectations thus far, as he’s averaging 16.5 points per game while shooting 16.7% from beyond the arc, he can still make things difficult for the opposing defense.NEXT: Video Shows Hawks Star Bumping Referee After Playoff Loss