Postgame: KG on 'Swag'

BOSTON -- News and notes after the Boston Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks 90-84 in overtime in Game 3 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Friday evening at TD Garden:

* After the Celtics won Game 2 in Atlanta on Tuesday, Rajon Rondo -- suspended that night for bumping an official in Game 1 -- recalled how he raced down the tunnel to greet Kevin Garnett and thank him for his effort. Garnett was happy to see Boston's young point guard back on the floor Friday in Boston.

"I said Swag -- that's what we call him around here, Swag; the young boy's got a lot of swag -- it's good to see him in the building, good to see him in practice," said Garnett. "After the game, actually, in Atlanta, we'd seen him after the game and it's just good to see him. The kid's still learning, still getting better. He and Ray [Allen] tonight, [were] pure energy. It was good."

While Garnett struggled from the field, Rondo's assists helped facilitate much of his offense. Even still, he wasn't about to let Swag off the hook and played fashion police when informed of Rondo's postgame attire of a black blazer over an Angry Birds T-shirt that read, "I'm So Fly."

"Yeah, I saw that -- with red jeans," said Garnett. "But, like I said, that's Swag."

* With Atlanta playing without Josh Smith (and with Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia previously sidelined), Joe Johnson did his best to put the Hawks on his shoulders, pouring in a game-high 29 points on 11-of-28 shooting. The Hawks had a chance late in regulation on Sunday to pull ahead, but Johnson actually passed up a shot when Boston swarmed him and Willie Green couldn't make Boston pay by knocking down the jumper.

“It was isolation on the wing and they came up with a double team, so I just made the right play," Johnson said. "I thought Will had a great look at it when he pump faked and took one dribble. It’s a shot he normally makes -- it’s a shot we work on in practice. But unfortunately it didn’t go down.”

Despite rallying back from a late hole, the Hawks were left feeling like they let one get away.

“We definitely felt like we could have won," said Johnson. "We just didn’t come up with some of those big plays in overtime. I think we had a few possessions where we couldn’t score. I think we had a couple tough shots that we didn’t make, but we definitely feel like we let one get away, that this was our chance to get one.”

* Hawks guard Tracy McGrady played through a sprained right ankle suffered late in the first half. Early on, he might have been the best player on the floor and finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists over 40:46 in spite of the injury.

“It’s sore. I went up for a 3 and Rondo was closing out on me -- he just happened to come right up under me and I landed on his foot," said McGrady. "It was a little extended, but I’m going to get some treatment and I will be ready to go for Sunday."

* After the game, Rondo got asked to describe a fourth-quarter assist in which he spun into the paint, but passed up a potential layup to feed Paul Pierce for a 3-pointer from the corner.

“In that play in particular, the floor was spaced, we were in transition and I think I attacked Pargo [Jannero] and then I saw Paul out of the corner of my eye," said Rondo. "Usually, Paul and Ray, when I penetrate, usually sink to the corners. That’s just a matter of guys playing together for a long time. I know where they are going to be and they know where I’m going to be so when I came out of the spin move I saw T-Mac to contest the layup and Paul was in the spot where I wanted him to be, and he finished the play."

* The NBA announced that the Celtics-Hawks Game 5 Tuesday night in Atlanta will tip off at 8 p.m. on TNT.