Another marvelous game against the Knicks tonight, with a whole bunch of interesting things to talk about, the least of which is probably the blood on the hardwood, spilled by, in order, Troy Murphy, Ray Allen and Carmelo Anthony.
On one hand, you’d hate to see the Knicks in the first round if you’re Boston. They consistently push the C’s to the limit, and seem to do so no matter what the makeup of either team. But if we get games like tonight and the December thriller out of a Boston-New York series, well, sign me up.
After trailing this one for 3.5 quarters, the Celtics closed in style behind a 13-point fourth quarter from a resurgent Paul Pierce and some inspired play by the defense, which picked up its intensity as the game went along, denying the Knicks offensive position, good shots, rebounds, and room to breathe.
Lots more later, but keep this in mind as you comment on the game:
The Celtics are now 3-1 in their last four games.
How’d that happen?