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Recap: Smith, Melo, bury Celtics

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) March 26, 2013 Recaps 16 Comments

J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony did almost all of the scoring for the New York Knicks tonight, combining for 61 of the Knicks 100 points.   They destroyed the Celtics not just by scoring, but by scoring off their own misses.  I believe Carmelo Anthony tipped in 2 more of his misses just as I typed this last sentence.

The Celtics were only down 4 after the first quarter, thanks mostly to Jordan Crawford, of all people.  But the Knicks turned the C’s sloppy, disjointed play into a 14 point halftime lead.  The Celtics recovered in the third by actually hustling and out-working the Knicks to cut that 7, but the Knicks whipped off a 9-0 run that basically left the Celtics in the dust.

The Green

Jordan Crawford:  I’m not saying it was great for the entire game.  But for a guy who Doc accurately summed up as a guy who scares both coaches at the same time, Crawford was the only reason why the C’s were close for a chunk of the first half.  He had 9 points on 4-5 shooting and 2 assists in the first quarter.  He did have 6 turnovers, and he forced a bunch of shots… But I’m trying to find some positives here…

Jeff Green’s 3rd quarter:  9 points on 3-4 shooting, 2 assists and 3 rebounds.  He was the aggressive Jeff Green that we saw in the Miami game.

Terrence Williams:  He missed a couple of shots, but he was aggressive.  He had 7 points and 5 rebounds, but he was 3-4 from the line.  I saw some good things in him tonight.

The Gross

Avery Bradley:  The kid struggled mightily in this game.  One of his layup attempts went off the side of the backboard.  Yeah, it was that bad.

This quote:

DJ White didn’t play.  Randolph didn’t get in until after the 6:00 mark and the game was out of hand.

The Greenlights

The Grid

  • Paul Pierce: 16 pts (5-10 fg, 1-4 3pt, 5-7 ft), 6 rebounds, 6 assists
  • Jeff Green:  19 pts (6-14 fg, 1-4 3pt, 6-6 ft), 10 rebounds, 6 assists
  • Brandon Bass:  11 pts (5-6 fg), 7 rebounds, 3 blocks
  • Second chance points:  New York-29, Boston-6
  • Celtics turnovers: 20, leading to 17 points.

I should mention Brandon Bass’ stat line, which looked good, but I just saw so many balls bounce off his hands that I couldn’t bring myself to put him in the “green” or “gross” categories.  He was neither.

The last two stats really tell the story.  When you get smoked for 29 second chance points and 17 off of turnovers, you’re going to lose.  A few points off turnovers will happen.  And sometimes guys will just tip in their own misses.  But the Knicks took 21 more shots than the C’s did, and that’s all because they got a ton of offensive boards and they turned C’s turnovers into baskets.

I get that KG and Courtney Lee were out, and the C’s are as shorthanded as it gets.  But effort means something.  And there wasn’t a lot of that out there tonight.

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  • Bleedgreen

    I honestly think we’re tanking games to stay in the 7th seed. There is no other possible assumption to explain the complete lack of effort over the last 4 games

    • LA Flake

      guys in funk at the wrong time. ab pressing on o. jcraw playing too many minutes. why is bass playing? shav should get his minutes. ALL of his minutes. pp trying to do too much. terry frontrunning. why is bass playing? why is bass playing?????

  • JB

    This was an ugly game from beginning to end. 19 TOs doesn’t win anything. We are now one game above Milwaukee for 8th seed I do believe. Struggling to find faith this team can put it all together in the next 11 games. So where does Doc go from here?!

  • dk

    ugh–now is NOT the time for another 6+ game losing streak here guys!!

  • Roy Boy

    The past 5 games have showed how badly this team misses Garnett, Lee, Rondo, Sully and Barbosa. Is it me or has the Miami loss mentally destroyed the Celtics? And if so that tells me this is mentally weak. That is a problem! Tonight they showed no effort or heart. Celtics fans as well as myself have to put this game past them.

    • LA Flake

      They are very immature. P & KG are great vets but they have to rely on young guys like AB, Lee, JG, now JCraw, Bass… Outside of Terry who is Mr. Inconsistent himself, it’s just very hard not to be an up and down team. Very frustrating but I still have hope!

  • celtics33

    What happened to Avery Bradley? His offense keeps getting worse with each game. He is shooting under 30% for the past 8 games yet just keeps on putting up double digit shot attempts. He can’t even make layups anymore. Even worse is he is a terrible facilitator and mostly just looks for his own shot.

    ZERO assists tonight in 34 minutes is inexcusable.

  • kobe

    the Celtics are undermanned and Yet Doc didn’t play “DJ White”, didn’t Doc have the worst losing record in the League when he don’t have KG and Ray Allen. There’s your answer, Doc is not a good coach

    • Chief_00

      Yeah right didn’t he win coach of the year in Orlando with a bunch of no names?? Maybe you should be worried about your team before you open your mouth.

  • eddysamson

    Wasn’t it Courtney Lee that shut down Smith last game? KG’s presence usually stops Melo from doing anything he wants to. I mean sure the C’s looked bad and missed a LOT of shots they should have made, but the loss of those 2 was apparent to me.

  • RedsLoveChild

    The Celtics were playing the #3 seeded team in the EC…without KG, Sully, Rondo, Lee.

    Let`s not hold them to unrealistic/unreasonable standards.

  • http://twitter.com/NBArefssuck NBArefssuck

    rebounding… doc needs to send mre numbers to the offensive glass and needs to start playing the centers more… he thinks this tem can win getting outrebounded night in and night out

  • P Funk

    rest and health are more important to our playoff chances than seeding. in fact, they would have an easier path to the ecf as a 6 or 7 seed, compared to a 4 or 5 seed. relax everyone. they can beat the knicks in a 7 game series, even on the road…and what a series that will be. i can’t wait! go c’s

  • http://twitter.com/Wilanthropist Wil Reyes

    Our defense is suffering, that much is obvious. We are the team that strives on making the other team turn it over, these last games, we were turning it over more than the enemy, its tiring to watch the celtics play. i want rondo and sully back so bad

  • Nate Bishop

    Need tonight’s game in Cleveland; high uncertainty as to how the Cs will play.

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