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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Knicks

Chuck - Red's Army January 24, 2013 Gametime, Previews 20 Comments

Tip: 8PM     Court: TD Garden     Watch it: TNT    Hear it: WEEI

Referees: Joe Crawford, Dick Bavetta and Marat Kogut

Spread: NY – 1.5

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The Matchup

Record: 20-21 Record: 25-14
At home: 13-8 On road: 11-8
Streak: Lost 4 Streak: Lost 1

Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.9 ppg) Buckets: Carmelo Anthony (29.2 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.0 rpg) Boards: Tyson Chandler (11.0 rpg)
Dimes: Rondo (11.1 apg) Dimes: Raymond Felton (6.3 apg)

For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 102.1 (27th NBA) Offensive Rating: 111.1 (3rd NBA)
Defensive Rating: 103.3 (9th NBA) Defensive Rating: 105.8 (17th NBA)
Pace: 91.3 (20th NBA) Pace: 90.8 (23rd NBA)

Last time

Paul Pierce reminded the Knicks and their fans that he owns them in the Celtics 102-96 win two weeks ago. You may have forgotten a small sidebar to the game – KG and Melo nearly fought outside the team bus. The Knicks have dropped 13 straight in Boston.

This time

Get it to:  Rajon Rondo

I had Rajon Rondo as the “get it to” guy in the first game, but he was suspended for acting like a dick to the league. I’m sticking with Rondo. Here’s my original reasoning:

“With Raymond Felton out with a finger injury, the Knicks are riding Jason Kidd hard. So hard that he’s already sitting out practices. Kidd can still put up some decent offensive numbers, but chasing Rajon Rondo around the court will be a challenge. Pablo Prigioni, a 35-year-old Argentinian, is also logging minutes. If Rajon Rondo can penetrate (and there’s no reason he shouldn’t), force Tyson Chandler to rotate, he should be able to find open guys. The Knicks are not a defensive juggernaut. They rank 23 in opponents points per play.”

One new wrinkle – Iman Shumpert has returned from his ACL injury. He’s limited to about 20 minutes, but could see time guarding Rondo.

Gotta stop: Carmelo Anthony

There’s plenty of motivation for Melo – who embarrassed himself on the court (6-26 FG) and off the court in the last meeting. I anticipate the crowd will boo him every time he touches the ball. And if Melo needed additional fuel, there’s this bulletin board material from a very smart Celtics blogger.

The Wild Card:  Jeff Green

There are a bunch of other angles at play; the Celtics perimeter defense, Tyson Chandler’s offensive rebounding, JR Smith’s explosive scoring, but I’m going with Mr. Invisible. Green had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in the last game vs NY. Maybe the site of Steve Novak trying to move laterally will bring out the best in Green. He’s got to be better. When he’s not, there’s way too much pressure on the Celtics starting five.

How we see it goin’ down

If there’s such a thing as a must win game in January, this is it. The Celtics have stumbled and bumbled their way through four horrific losses. The buzzards are circling. If the troops are ever going to answer Doc’s call… it’s tonight.

The misery and suffering ends.

Celtics 100

Knicks 90

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  • eddysamson

    If the Cs win this game its going to be close…like 96-95. I think its going to come down to the wire and even if we lose it will have been a good game.

    • eddysamson

      also can we all take a moment to laugh at this little interaction with Bibby:

      http://imgur.com/gallery/nmR0k8j

      • Curt

        “Nobody puts Bibby in a corner.”

  • http://twitter.com/jdotd @JdotD

    We’re going to get crushed. This will be the new low point of the season. Melo won’t even go off.
    Nothing I’ve seen so far this season has convinced me we’ll give two shits about this game will mail it in like 90% of the games we’ve played this season.

  • Noori

    If we lose this one there would be no doubt in my mind trades will happen

  • CPUFC

    They better win otherwise Doc can pack his bags and get outta town.

    • http://twitter.com/jdotd @JdotD

      You should go take a walk buddy.

      • CPUFC

        Why…

  • KG_THE_GREAR

    where is that wastemon celtics-33. CELTICS WILL WIN BY 10 AS PREDICTED BY REDSARMY.

  • Stephanie

    With Joey Crawford and Dick Bavetta officiating it’s going to be interesting to see what’s going to happen.

    It’s not going to be as physical as the last game and the whistles will be going off.

  • Matt W

    We are losing this game. 98-79 Knicks.

    • Matt W

      I hate to be a downer, but it’s starting to look like I nailed this.

  • Stephanie

    They better not crap their pants tonight. This game is HIGHLY publicized especially with the Melo vs. KG storyline. Please don’t be embarrassing or I’ll go on a punching spree..lol.

  • crocelt

    As long as we’re going to win I don’t care wether it’s going to close or not…

  • screaming jay

    HONEY NUT CHEERIOS…make great noise makers wnen shaken vigorously

  • zippittyay

    Now way no how we lose this game.

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

    It is truly one of the hardest games of the year to call. Anybody, including the posters and post writer, have the potential to be completely right. With that said, I do think the C’s pull it off. They get up for teams like this one. They SHOULD have won the Chicago game. Detroit and New Orleans were crap games with no excuses and the Cavs with an unconscious Kyrie Irving could have beaten most teams that weren’t fully dialed in. I think tonight is where the Celtics get their swag back (at least a small version of it) and start building on a stronger second half of the season.

  • greenman

    Depends who the whistle’s are going to. Most the time its the other team.

  • Scott

    Steve Kerr and Marv Albert are so terrible and one sided tonight. First it starts with them saying they pump in crowd noise, for 10 minutes, and keep bringing it back up…then they are talking about how KG is such a bad person for talking to Melo, completely ignoring a terrible foul call against Sully. I know Marv is a Knick guy, but holy hell, this is so awful.

  • SamR

    I like Doc, but at some point he has to start taking an active role and respond to what’s happening on the court.

    In the first half, Green and Bass basically split minutes (12 apiece). Both defended Carmelo. Green defended him much better, staying in front of him. Carmelo blew by Bass repeatedly.

    On the offensive end, Green had 6 points on 3 of 5 shooting with 0 TOs. Bass was 0 for 2 for 0 points, with 1 TO.

    Green had 4 rebounds. Bass had zero.

    We’ll see what happens in the 2nd half, but if they again wind up with the same number of minutes its inexcusable. Guys who are having a better night HAVE to get more playing time.