Is there anything better than watching somber Knicks fans walk out of Madison Square Garden on a night they hoped to win their 1st playoff series in 13 years?
The Celtics scratched and clawed their way to a 92-86 win over New York in a game deemed the Celtics’ funeral by Kenyon Martin. Mr. Big Mouth played awfully small – 2 points, 2 rebounds and 5 fouls. The Knicks other yapper, J.R. Smith, was nearly as bad (3-14 FG, -8).
But enough about those clowns. Let’s hail the Celtics for displaying some championship mettle. Okay, that may be a stretch, but at least we know they are still capable of winning some bar fights.
Jeff Green’s phenomenal 4th quarter; ten of his team high 18 points came in the final 12 minutes. His back-to-back triples inside three minutes kept the Knicks from creeping too close.
How about old man Garnett? 16 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists. His 20-footer with 48 seconds remaining was the dagger.
Paul Pierce’s vintage 3rd quarter. The Truth didn’t shoot well tonight (6-19) and he struggled against Iman Shumpert, but his ten point 3rd quarter allowed the Celtics to stretch their 6 point halftime lead to 9.
Jason Terry (17 points, 5-9 3FG) and Brandon Bass (17 points, 5 rebounds) deserve props for solid games.
The Celtics still cannot defend Raymond Felton (21 points, 10-19 FG). He continues to slice apart the Celtics defense on pick-and-rolls. Maybe Avery Bradley has a severe groin injury that’s preventing him from staying in front of Felton.
Jeff Green swooping dunk in the 4th quarter
Terry to Garnett to Bass for some rare ball movement
And KG’s post game comments with Greg Dickerson
- Carmelo Anthony shot 8-24 in one of the biggest games on his life
- Doc Rivers went with a 7 man rotation (Terry and T-Will off the bench)
- Boston outrebounded NY 41-39
“We dressed like we were going to a funeral. We ended up getting buried.” – JR Smith
We have a subtle message for the Knicks: