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Knicks (0-1) @ Celtics (1-0) Game 2 Open Thread

 

New York at Boston
TD Garden
7:00 PM EST
TNT

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 104.0 points/100 possessions (t-17th)
New York: 108.3 points/100 possessions (5th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 97.8 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)
New York: 106.9 points allowed/100 possessions (21st)

Probable NY starters: Toney Douglas (PG), Landry Fields (SG), Carmelo Anthony (SF), Amare Stoudamire (PF), Ronny Turiaf (C)

Probable BOS starters: Rajon Rondo (PG), Ray Allen (SG), Paul Pierce (SF), Kevin Garnett (PF), Jermaine O’Neal (C)

View from the opposing bench: Knickerblogger

The Celtics have a great chance to take a 2-0 lead in the series tonight by taking care of business on their home floor.  Some things to wonder:

  • Will the Celtics be able to defend Amar’e Stoudemire better?
  • Will Rajon Rondo take advantage of not having Chauncey Billups guarding him?
  • Will Toney Douglas’ presence in the starting lineup have a negative trickle down effect on the Knicks’ bench?
  • Will Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis, and Carmelo Anthony all continue to shoot poorly?  If they all shoot well, do the Celtics still win?
  • Will/should guys like Von Wafer and Sasha Pavlovic get any burn tonight if the Celtics have some sort of lead in the second/third quarters?
  • What is the over/under on Nenad Krstic playing more than 5 minutes tonight.

Get ready, tip off in ten!

  • I_Love_Green

    Oh man I'm pumped for this game. We gotta protect home court!!

    I want the guys to play BOTH halves of the game this time. I don't want to go into half down 12 again!

    I would love to see Rondo abuse Toney Douglas, KG find his stroke again, Ray keep his stroke, and Paul lockdown Melo again.

    LETS GOOOO CELTICS BABY!!

  • Batman
  • Guest

    No Chauncey, Toney Douglas in foul trouble already. Playoff Rondo has been let off the leash.

    • Batman

      Rondooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Batman

    Jermaine's wrist :(

  • Mike

    JO is coming back right?

  • I_Bleed_Green

    Rondo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Batman

    Jesus our bench gave back everything

  • Moxie

    Aw cmon bench!

  • Mike

    Zebras at their best in that final minute…

  • WTF

    Cs Achilles heels are exposed again…

  • WTF

    Why cannot they defend and rebound like they did in Q1?

  • WTF

    Cs need to get Ray and PP going

  • Moxie

    Third time now KG's played peacemaker in this game. How unusual.

  • X-RIP-x

    Who is the fastest point guard in the NBA
    (If he wants to be)?

    Rondooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    • WTF

      Rose? Parker? Wade?

      • Batman

        It goes Parker then Rose and Rondo are tied. Wade isn't a PG

  • Mike

    Big baby = big dummy

  • Moxie

    Effin Big Baby.

  • I_Bleed_Green

    Why is big baby so stupid???

  • WTF

    How stupid is the fat boy? that's just plain dumb!!!

  • kricky

    All right. Let's pick it up in the 2nd half. We can play better. We should have at last a 10 point lead if you take out the bonehead plays.

    Calling Jeff Green. PLEASE give us something! You are better than this dude.

  • rondeezy

    12 offensive rebounds. why is kg baby and JO just standing around?

  • lakershater13

    we have a size advantage with krstic yet we dont play him. i dont get it. lets just let jeffries dominate big baby all night.

  • Mike

    Well how do we explain being up by ten, blowing the lead without billups or amar'e and now down by one point?

    • WTF

      The terrible bench and the bonehead plays by BBD (why was he guarding Melo? and that play at the end of the half?)

  • I_Love_Green

    Our starters should play the rest of the game. Rondo is playing great and Ray seems to still have his stroke. However, Pierce is struggling, and KG can't get anything to go on offense.

    The bench. My goodness the bench. Those guys are playing sooooo bad right now. I'm officially on the "I hate Fat Baby" bandwagon. I just cannot stand him when he's on the court. He pisses me off like no other. Jeff Green made about 1 good play, Delonte wasn't very good, and Glen is still trash.

    We need to play each bench player one at a time. Everytime they come in, they'll be there with 4 other starters. Their horrible play won't be too noticable then.

    Our BIGGEST problem by far is rebounding. We got up 10 points, and we were killing them on the boards. Then the Knicks started killing us on the boards, and they took the lead. We need to gang rebound again like in game 1.

  • Mike

    Hey look its our pal salvatore…

  • stephen

    Does Rondo EVER JUST MAKE THE FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND PLAY?

    • Mike

      As long as he keeps scoring like he is and limiting is TOs and play actually great defense I'm ok with him, very ok with him.

  • stephen

    That was not a fundamentally sound play with the Knicks defense back. Rondo can make a difficult shot here and there–but dammit Rondo–make the fundamentally sound passes as well—OK!!!!!!

  • TedL

    All we've got to do is rebound. Knicks aren't going to score unless they keep killing us on the boards.

  • TedL

    The captain feels like it's winning time!

  • stephen

    Agreed—-Pierce big in the 4th quarter. By the way, Nice move closing out the quarter Green !!! Fouls Carmelo 35 feet away from the basket.

  • WTF

    Melo is going to beat the Cs by himself, by scoring and rebounding.

  • stephen

    @ WTF—Your absolutely right—Take the ball out of Carmelo's hands—–Now!!!!!!!!!!

  • kricky

    The Bench has to give us something. At least rebound the damn ball BBD!

  • TedL

    I am so, so sick of watching the Knicks killing the Cs on the board.

  • Guest

    What's Rondo's career high? He might break it by the end of this game.

    • rondeezy

      29. he just did

      • Batman

        actually his career high is 32 against phoenix in 2009

  • WTF

    Who called the time-out? I bet it's not our sit-his-ass-tight-and-don't-know-what-to-do-in-this-situation Doc Rivers. Deny Melo the damn ball!

  • stephen

    We don't hit the boards we lose this one. This is fucking unreal. Can we get rid of BBD—–please. He is worthless.

  • TedL

    Some of the problem is that we're committing guys to help Carmelo's defender, and he's doing a good job taking advantage. Damn it.

  • Mike

    I put up with what happened in 2006, I will draw the line tonight if they manage to throw this one away…

    • Batman

      put up? Sorry bud but ur sounding like a bandwagon
      no franchise can always be a contender

  • stephen

    Start going to Ray —-Now !!!!!!!!—- I'll take my chances with Ray !!!!!!!

  • TedL

    Well. Also, PP missing a rhythm 3 followed by Carmelo knocking down a ridiculous fall away 3.

  • Moxie

    And once again, we find ourselves down in the final minutes of the game.

  • TedL

    Ugh. Another offensive rebound for the Knicks. A mind-boggling 19 for the game.

  • stephen

    If the Knicks miss tis one and we don't grab the rebound—We lose !!!!

  • WTF

    D-up!

  • TedL

    20! Twenty offensive boards.

  • Moxie

    Argh Glenn Davis.

  • Mike

    Jeffries beats us! DAVIS thank you so much….

  • stephen

    What did I just say about the rebound. What did I just say,

  • WTF

    it's the fatty again, I want to kill him.

  • WTF

    Get JO on the court!

    • Mike

      He has to be the crunch time man. If you're going small not davis but green should be there.

  • kricky

    I;m happy KG made that. But why didn't they take more time off the clock???

  • WTF

    KG DA MAN!

    • TedL

      WOOOOOWWWWWW!

  • stephen

    Get the ball to Ray now—Get the ball to Ray!!!!!—Trust no one else with the freethrows

  • TedL

    Whew. But man, if we don't tighten things up we ain't getting out of the second round.

  • Mike

    Thank you for not making me stop watching bball!

  • someguyinsac

    What a heartburn producing game.

  • talesofJP

    good win, makes me a little nervous about the next round

  • kricky

    Jesus. We escaped that one. RR bailed us out tonight. How about that bucket in the post!!!

    Any playoff win is a good win. But man, we can't be happy with the effort tonight (except for the last 19 seconds). 20 OREB allowed! 2 On the last possession where the Knicks scored.

  • WTF

    It's so frustrating that Cs make it so hard on themselves. Melo almost beat us by himself if it's not for RR and KG. It's disturbing, very disturbing!

  • Morpheus

    What an unnecessary close win that was. Struggling to close them out with no Amare/Billups,

  • Mike

    2 ten point leads blown, no amar'e and billups they should look hard at this game and correct themselves. After this game if doc doesn't take a lot of minutes from davis, I'm starting to think that he might be the illegitimate son or something. Its game after game its enough….

  • Bill

    Damn heart attack kids …

    too many wasted possessions in the 4th quarter, Celts. When the score was somewhere around 84-84, 84-82, we got multiple stops and bricked a bunch of two foot jumpshots.

    I love watching Boston play, but if there's one thing that drives me NUTS about them sometimes, it's their absolute inability to score right under the rim when it matters most. KG had a great dunk a bit later on, but still …

  • stephen

    We don't play better in MSG —we come back 2 games a piece— MUST–MUST—- pick up the intensity—– And start rebounding—–

  • kricky

    Why didn't JO play in the 4th Q? We were getting killed on the boards. Was it because Doc wanted to use BBD to double on Melo?

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