The face of Kevin Garnett calling that timeout will live in Celtics’ playoff lore forever. It was just another moment in a string of potential mind-etchers that will soon be forgotten. Jared Jeffries (of all people) making the go-ahead bucket with 20 seconds to play? Already forgotten. Carmelo Anthony actually making the right plays down the stretch and hitting the open man after absorbing the double team? Can’t remember. The Knicks getting offensive rebound after offensive rebound to give themselves extra chances? Meaningless. Garnett’s backdown of Jeffries to hit the game winner? Ancillary. Defense wins championships and Garnett’s deflection and subsequent gobble-up of that loose ball brought the Celtics one rung closer.
Hayes will be here shortly for more analysis but there are just a few bullets points I need to get off my chest:
- Say what you want about Carmelo Anthony but his performance tonight was stuff of legend. With New York down two of its best players, Anthony almost single-handedly won the game.
- Rajon Rondo can’t shoot, but that doesn’t mean he can’t score or be elite.
- Jeff Green: 12 minutes, 5 fouls, and one big three point shot. Might be enough.
- The Knicks shot 35.6% from the field and lost by three. That cannot happen again.
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