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Zaza Pachulia Injury: Hawks Center Not Available For Game 1 Against Celtics

Confirming what was already thought, the Atlanta Hawks will be without center Zaza Pachulia for Game 1 of their first-round series with the Boston Celtics. Pachulia was still in a walking boot on Sunday and Hawks coach Larry Drew said that the center would not be available for tonight's game.

Drew also told the AJC's Michael Cunningham that he had not settled on a starting lineup for tonight's game. The Celtics are likely to start Kevin Garnett at center and Drew has the option of going with Jason Collins in the pivot or going small by inserting either Marvin Williams or Ivan Johnson into the starting lineup.

For more on the Hawks-Celtics playoff series check out Peachtree Hoops and CelticsBlog. For more news and notes regarding the NBA Playoffs head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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