Hawks can’t climb out of huge deficit in loss to Celtics

The Hawks dug themselves into a 27-point hole and couldn’t climb all the way out in their 121-109 loss to the Celtics Friday in Boston. Next up, the Hawks (12-17) will return home and host the Nuggets Sunday. ——— Below are some takeaways from the loss: 1. For the second straight game, assistant coach Nate McMillan acted as Hawks head coach, with Lloyd Pierce back in Atlanta after the birth of his second child Wednesday. Pierce is expected back for the home game vs. Denver Sunday. In McMillan’s first game, the Hawks beat the short-handed Celtics, 122-114, Wednesday in Boston. 2. Getting off to …

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