The Celtics clawed their way back from a 10-point deficit in the 4th quarter only to fumble the ball out of bounds on two critical possessions late in the game. It was those mental mistakes, courtesy Jason Terry and Paul Pierce, that cost them a chance at victory over the Knicks. The final score: NY 89 Bos 86.
The reason behind tonight’s loss was the shooting. The Celtics missed a TON of open jumpers. I won’t fault them for taking too many jumpers, because they were getting wide open looks from reasonable distances. They just couldn’t make shots. Cue Doc Rivers and the “it’s a make or miss league” quote.
I’m at a loss for words. When the Celtics need to score, they can’t. And when they need to buckle down on defense, they don’t.
The Green: Rajon Rondo was a spark plug all night long. He finished with his 27th career triple double: 23 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Pierce had 22 points on 6-15 shooting, but most of his damage came in the first half.
Props to Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony for playing a clean game. The two players greeted each other before the tip, and kept it civil.
The Celtics shooting: 31-76, 40% FG and 3-18, 17% 3 FG
Jason Terry had 2 points on 1-6 shooting. He’s invisible and on track to be the biggest bust in Boston since Ochocinco, Carl Crawford and [insert name here].
Amar’e Stoudemire (15 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks) worked over Jared Sullinger (7 points, 3 rebounds). Stoudemire is too athletic for Sullinger.
The Garden management deserves criticism and ridicule for its decision to remove all signs and t-shirts referencing Honey Nut Cheerios. What a silly overreaction.
KG stuffs Melo
Garnett feeds Pierce for dunk
- Carmelo Anthony shot 11-28
- Courtney Lee was a game high -17