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Recap: The Truth reminds the Knicks that he owns their ass

Chuck - Red's Army January 7, 2013 Avery Bradley, Gametime, Paul Pierce, Recaps 49 Comments

Some things never change. The sun rises in the East, I get the pretty girl, and Paul Pierce owns the Knicks.

In a game with playoff level intensity, the Celtics beat New York, 102-96. Paul Pierce (23 points, 6 rebounds) played the villain yet again, nailing the game-sealing dagger in Spike Lee’s grill with 45 seconds to go.

By my unofficial count, Carmelo Anthony committed 9 personal fouls and 4 technicals. There are reports that he tried to get into the Celtics locker room after the game, presumably to get the rest of that recipe KG whispered into his ear in the 4th quarter. Oh, did I mention he shot 6-26?

The Good: Avery Bradley’s ball pressure. Man, this kid’s defense is infectious. The Celtics held NY to 40% shooting and 6 points below their PPG average. Bradley chipped in 13 points and 5 assists.

Pierce had 13 of his 23 points in the 2nd quarter. Without the Truth’s mini-explosion, NY would have run away with the game.

Kevin Garnett (19 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals) battled Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony’s cheap-shots for 38 minutes. Jared Sullinger (10 points, 5 rebounds) deserves props for his gritty play, and Jeff Green (16 points, 6 rebounds) provided offense when Pierce was saddled with foul trouble.

The Gross: The Knicks 14 offensive rebounds. How many times did Tyson Chandler (17 boards) back-tap a rebound that ultimately led to a Knick three-pointer?

Jason Terry had 2 points on 1-7 shooting. If you told me the Celtics could beat NY with Terry scoring just 2 points and Rondo out, I would have laughed in your face.

Greenlights:

Avery Bradley’s runner beats the buzzer at the half

Pierce with the Rondo-esque lob to KG

The Grid:

  • NY shot 10-17 from 3 in 1st half, 4-15 from 3 in 2nd half
  • The Celtics nearly had as many steals (8) as turnovers (10)
  • Once. The number of times Tommy Heinsohn called official Violet Palmer a fraud.

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  • Romeo

    Now that’s a goddamn bar fight! Sequels to follow, Bradly is a beastttttt

  • UhOh!!

    Redsarmy I need you guys to keep predicting losses in your game previews until this streak ends.

    • I bleed green in L.A.

      That’s what I was thinking!

  • Eddie Allen Powe

    it’s like a deficit is now a challenge to this team. last month an early deficit meant game over

  • Chulinho

    I know they were out rebounded, but damnit they fought their asses off!

    That was the best game I’ve seen since the 2012 Playoffs.

    As I mentioned earlier if they get by Houston on Friday, this team is back on track.

  • http://driveittothemoon.com/ Lee in Oregon

    The Captain loves New York!

    The C’s got their swagger back now and they’re back on the right track. Good to see Bass hitting some shots, and Jeff Green played great against Melo. Sully is starting to establish himself as a brute! Huge W!

    Funny how Melo acts all bad-ass, like nobody remembers how fast he can run backwards….

  • Brick James

    Carmelo is such a clown. KG says “seeya” as the C’s close it out, and you can hear Melo yell “yeah I’ll see you outside after this”. Then he goes looking for KG in the locker room making a scene. Rasheed Wallace had to hold him back. RASHEED WALLACE. What a goon, this guy (Melo) has no spine or brain to match. Completely lacking a central nervous system. If Rondo can get suspended for his little hula-hop-bop with the ref, this wannabe thug needs a couple of days’ off too.

  • Justsomeffinguy

    Hey Marshmelo, the fight is in the Laker’s locker room!

  • RedsLoveChild

    Can anyone say with complete certainty that Bradley is NOT our “savior”?

    2011-12 : Celts get off to poor start…AB becomes a starter…Celts immediately take off…AB gets hurt…Celts get eliminated.

    2012-13 : Celts get off to poor start w/o AB…AB finally gets to play…Celts take off.

    • Chulinho

      It most certainly seems like it!

      I know many people didn’t care if Bradley was traded, but it just feels like he invigorates this team.

      Hopefully he can avoid another season-ending injury.

      • RedsLoveChild

        Unless Danny Ainge suddenly loses 80 I.Q. points…Bradley is totally off-limits in any trade talks.

        Sullinger falls in the same category. Rivers stated after the game that Sully is “going nowhere”.

        • eddysamson

          AWESOME! Glad to hear it!

          • KGino

            LoveChild is a fraud just like Violet!!

            After weeks of hearing his pessimism and calls for Ainge to blow it up, he unmelts his way back onto the bandwagon. You said it yourself a week or two ago, the celts are DONE. They have two options, die or blow it up.

            Admit you were wrong and I was right, i told you don’t count this team out til Avery comes back. And don’t make me copy and paste some of our comment history.

          • RedsLoveChild

            KGino,

            What I`ve said all along is this :

            1} AB-JS-RR stays
            2} Everyone else goes, to be used as trade bait

            Those I still my views…this 3 game winning streak does NOT have me thinking the Celts are championship contenders.

            Right now, I`m just thrilled to hear Rivers say that AB, JS are not on the trading block.

        • SamR

          Sean Grande pointed out that during the last 11 games, with the C’s as a whole at -21, the C’s with Sully on the floor are +50. Better than KG’s +- during that span.

          • KGino

            So you still want to trade pierce and kg, effectively closing our championship window for the next 2-3 years at least?

            You said the celts were done PlasticLoveChild, questioning if they’d even make the playoffs. It kills me that you won’t admit it.. Don’t come around trying to bask in the glory of our wins now.. You are such a bandwagon fan I can’t stand it.

            PlasticLoveChild from here on out, you don’t deserve to use Reds name… You are not fan enough.

          • KGino

            Lol you are such a fraud dude. I just saw you talking about trading Rondo on a different comment thread. And anyone who wants to trade KG or Pierce is a complete fuckin moron, I’m sure other celts fans will back me on that.

          • RedsLoveChild

            KGino,

            I get it…you only read the portions that you want to read, while conveniently ignoring the rest!

            That`s an old tactic, created long before you were born.

          • KGino

            PlasticLoveChild,

            I get it, you’re only a Celtics fan when they’re winning!

            And when they lose, you’re leading the charge to trade our HEART (KG) and SOUL (Pierce)!! And telling our fans we are NON CONTENDERS… yeah, THIS TEAM, a NON CONTENDER. You’ve already said this year THEY WON’T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS.. LOL.

            You really are the definition of plastic, melting and unmelting whenever you damn well please!

          • RedsLoveChild

            KGino,

            You`re trying hard to make it appear that I flip my views on the Celtics…I don`t.

            –The Celtics will not win the title this year {would love to be wrong}
            –I would not trade AB or JS
            –I would only trade RR for a young talented big
            –At 35 & 36, I would definitely use KG and PP for trade bait

          • KGino

            Quote from PlasticLoveChild..

            “the 2012-13 Boston Celtics are a weak, vulnerable, deeply flawed team that is every bit as crappy as they (the bucks) are!”

            Now he’s UNNNMMMMELTIIIIINGGGGG!!!!

  • Romeo

    Seriously though, whats up w the JET, he been missing everything, I thought he could replace Ray Allen, wth?

  • Quest

    Celtics vs Knicks rivalry is Back! Best thing we beat them at the Garden.

  • Jaybahs

    What an unbelievable game … I had to change my underwear twice! All around team effort … OUTSTANDING defense … Shots falling … Jeff going HARD … What an amazing game, I’m not going to be able to sleep tonight!

  • Celticsfanatic

    Carmelo sucks a bag of dicks KG ate him up for breakfast lunch and dinner then washed him down with an ice cold beer. 6-26 gimme a break, he hasn’t figured it out yet and my best advice for him would be to take a nap before he gets too cranky.

  • Timothy

    Sullinger continuing to do the dirty work and hustle underneath the rim! PP and KG are always nasty but looking forward to what this rookie is going to become

  • DK33

    NYK–Aint so bad! I was hoping you guys would play this one again…

  • Pv

    down goes the knicks!!! the boston swagger is coming back! booyah!

  • eddysamson

    holy fuck that was entertaining! hope Melo gets a fine or something for whatever supposedly happened after the game

  • http://redsarmy.com/2012/10/20/how-delusional-is-ray-allen-he-thinks-he-can-play-in-the-post/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RedsArmy+%28Red%27s+Army%3A+The+Voic Rondo’s #1 Fan

    By my unofficial count, Carmelo Anthony committed 9 personal fouls and 4 technicals. There are reports that he tried to get into the Celtics locker room after the game, presumably to get the rest of that recipe KG whispered into his ear in the 4th quarter. Oh, did I mention he shot 6-26?…..definitely made me LOL…tommy also said Violet “was NO flower” (she obv stunk)

  • Brian

    Listen to the part on when Red talks about Larry, sure sounds like he could have been talking about Bradley as well… ;) ” I hope you realize everything is starting to call together… ” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_nFEs_kqUU

  • Noori

    Will never be our rivals…just let it go ESPN

  • terlo

    this is your theme of the night here

  • screaming jay

    I just spent 10 minutes reading the knicks fans reactions on their posting and toasting blog.

    They’re so mad……….

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaa!

  • The savior

    In the words of the great Stephen Jackson: “Melo ain’t ’bout dis life”

  • http://www.greenheadzblog.blogspot.com ChiefGreenHeadz

    Another great NYC classic showdown with The Truth adding to the legend. Jeff Green was really phenomenal tonight and Jared Sullenger is truly playing a man’s game out there. I talk a little bit about it in my blog, which you can visit by clicking my name, but these three wins are about as solid as they’ve had. Going to the MSG and cutting down the nets against a surging team is no small thing. Congrats and let’s keep growing!

    • Reggie35RIP

      Dude, it’s disrespectful to peddle your shit on someone else’s blog. smh.

  • swissflix

    the kids wanted to play and the grown ups won! God i LOOOOVE KG!!!!

  • Pogmohone

    Great win. Tough atmosphere, hostile crowd, trash talk and it made our guys so much better. Knicks wilted under the pressure and we thrived on it. Grit and balls, backbone, guts, courage are what win playoff games and we have it. Sully has big game temperament and proved he can handle the roughy stuff.
    Huge question marks about the Knicks heads especially melo. They will remember this game when we meet in the playoffs.

    • andy

      Ya. Avery Bradley isnt the savior. Right.

  • Reggie35RIP

    Best game of the season.

    To be fair I didn’t hold much hope of getting a win at MSG with the way the Knick’s have been playing and with Rondo out. But I was pleasantly surprised to see everyone show up and play with the kind of intensity and energy that makes the C’s enjoyable to watch.

    Bradley was a beast on defense. Man I forgot how much he gets up under opposing players grills. Was great to see the Knick’s struggle to get it over halfcourt a number of times thanks to Bradley. Took a lot of pressure off the rest of the defense. Defense overall looked a hell of a lot better compared to a week ago.

    Was great to see some nice ball movement too. Which only seems to happen when Rondo doesn’t play. Would be great if they could maintain that even when Rondo does play.

    And I love Sully’s chubby ass more and more everyday. He just attacks the glass all the time and did a damn good job guarding Chandler for his size. I’m kind of surprised how lightly we got off with Sully and Bass guarding Chandler and Amare for long stretches.

    Green also had a great game when PP went out early with foul trouble. He was aggressive, but his drives to the basket are still pretty wild.

    And PP what can you say. The Truth got it done.

    KG also had a beast of a game. It was great to see him play angry, haven’t seen that in a while.

    Man I already knew Melo was a fool, but doesn’t he know the stupidest thing you can do is get KG fired up.

    Great win, looking forward to seeing them carry this momentum into the next game against Phoenix.

  • Reggie35RIP

    Hah Melo what a little bitch. Waiting by the Celts team bus after the game like a little punk ass kid. Grow up you fool, you just look like a chump. You mad? Bwahahaha.

  • Chief

    Good win…sully is becoming a valuable piece and the return of Bradley has helped and to those “fans” who wanted pierce to be traded, I hope your ashamed of yourselves. Yeah he may be a step (or two) slower and have some bad days but you can question his passion and his commitment to the celtics.

  • TommyPoints

    This is the beginning of the turn…thank you Avery

  • Bop

    Jet needs to sit during crunch time when RR gets back, heck, I hope doc realizes this because I noticed he goes for RR, Jet, PP, Bass and KG in the final 8 min of the game when it should be RR, AB, PP, Sully and KG.

  • KGino

    PlasticLoveChild quote from LAST week —

    The Celtics are 3 games out of the 4th seed…”
    True, but here`s another reality : The Celtics are 1/2 game ahead of Philadelphia for the 8th and final playoff seed…where, in the unlikely event they are “lucky” enough to hold off the Bynum-less 76`ers, the Miami Heat are waiting for them in the first round with their brooms!”

    Doubting that we’ll even make the playoffs this year!!! HAHAHA what a fraud!! And he thinks the Heat will sweep us!! Plastic plastic plastic doll child!!

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