The Celtics had another entertaining postseason tuneup on Sunday afternoon, but the reserves couldn't hold on down the stretch as the Hawks pulled out a 112-106 win behind a career-high 33 points from Taurean Prince.
The Celtics regulars looked sharp over the first three quarters with Jayson Tatum (19 points) leading six different players in double figures before watching from the sidelines in the fourth quarter. Semi Ojeleye had a career-high 13 points off the bench and was 3-of-3 from 3-point range, solidifying himself as a likely rotation option for Brad Stevens this postseason. Meanwhile, Jabari Bird saw some regular minutes in the rotation over Abdel Nader in place of a resting Marcus Morris. With a potential postseason roster spot on the line, Bird strengthened his case to be signed with nine points and five rebounds in 21 minutes, outplaying Nader (zero points in 10 minutes).