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Game 3: Celtics (2-0) @ Knicks (0-2) Open Thread

 

Boston @ New York
Madison Square Garden
7:00 PM
ESPN, CSN

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 Stoudemire/Shawne Williams (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 benchKnickerblogger

***UPDATE: Chauncey Billups will NOT play tonight

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The Celtics look to go up 3-0 and take commanding control of this series. If you haven’t heard, this will be the first playoff basketball game played at Madison Square Garden since 2004. Apparently a lot of important people are supposed to be in attendance.

The update on Stoudemire and Billups: the Knicks are hopeful for Amare’s return, but they remain pessimistic that Billups can be ready by tip-off. Both will be game-time decisions. I’d be shocked if Amare doesn’t at least try to play, though. He’s been working toward this moment all season, and even if his back isn’t fully cooperating, I can’t see him sitting this one out completely. As for Billups, we saw the effect that his absence had on Game 2, as Rajon Rondo got to the rim whenever he wanted. If Billups isn’t able to play, Rondo’s scoring instantly becomes an important factor in this game.

And finally, the rebounding numbers from Tuesday’s game again: Knicks out-board the C’s 53-37, including 20 on the offensive glass. And that was without Amare for most of the game. Surely, the Celtics know they have rebounding concerns, but that hasn’t yet led to any dramatic improvements. So we’ll see if anything changes tonight. I wonder if Doc will call for double-teams against Carmelo down the stretch, because the Celtics showed they had a lot of trouble boxing-out when they abandoned their traditional defense.

  • someguyinsac

    Rebound, rebound, rebound.

    win, win, win.

  • Guest

    No Chauncey. It looks like Toney Douglas will be escorting Rondo to his table all night again.

  • Batman

    Sweet famous people

  • I_Love_Green

    Get out to a hot start, play BOTH halves of the game, REBOUND, REBOUND, REBOUND, REBOUND, get Ray/Paul/KG going in the 1st half, and somebody on the bench needs to have a good game!!

    LETS GOOOO CELTICS!

  • Urbeltic

    I want Shaq to run after a loose ball and flop his sweaty large body on that punk Spike Lee.

  • diehardceltic

    Does someone know where I can watch the game online?

  • Guest

    I don't think the crowd gets that when they heckle Paul Pierce he tends to have a monster game in NYC.

  • Mike

    If Paul Pierce's name was rose he would get those calls on the way to the basket…

  • diehardceltic

    OMG BBD is making me mad nervous! He looks so winded and is insisting on holding the ball and trying to shoot! WTF???

  • TedL

    Mark Jackson. Not quite as annoying as Joe Morgan. But close.

    • Mike

      Yep those 3 may be (i.e. are) the worst announcers ever.

      • I_Love_Green

        Jon Barry is by the far the worst announcer in any sport.

  • Guest

    I for one think, the Mike Breen/Mark Jackson combo is awesome. Jeff Van Gundy is another story.

    • I_BLEED_GREEN

      JFV is hilarious

  • pam

    part blame for the 2nd units terrible play must go to doc. notice the static offense and lack of ball movement. bbd starts going iso which is never a good think. i dont like him backing people up because hes not that great of a passer. everyone just needs to move more- it could be an issue with green not knowing the playbook but hes been in boston for enough time…

  • Ryan DeGama

    Gotta close this quarter….

  • Ryan DeGama

    C's getting a lot of separation on their shots. Much more Knicks-ian defense from New York.

  • Guest

    Ray is doing his best Reggie Miller impersonation tonight.

    • pam

      the days of comparing ray and reggie equally are gone. 3pt made ray>reggie. championships ray>reggie. clutch ray=reggie.

  • WTF

    Let's see if Cs manage to make this rout another come back story for the Knicks.

  • WTF

    The Cs defend much better with JO on the court.

  • http://gymratrants.blogspot.com Tom W

    This is fun. I've been missing this team. Please, guys, take off your jackets and stay for a while.

  • cleyV

    yes. Rondo has 3ple doble.

  • I_BLEED_GREEN

    Looks like Chicago, Miami and Boston will all sweep…

  • Ryan DeGama

    Knicks. Back. Broken.

    Shaq, take the rest of the first round off.

    Murphy, get ready to lose your playoff virginity.

  • Robert

    THIS is more like it.

  • rondeezy

    wish ray and paul can do this every night!

    • rondeezy

      and almost forgot rondo too!

  • Guest

    If they keep playing on the road like this they might not even need to worry about no home court advantage after this series.

  • TedL

    Knicks' effort on defense was zero. Happy to be the beneficiary, but also baffled. What happened to their heart?

    • I_Love_Green

      We ripped their heart out.

      • http://gymratrants.blogspot.com Tom W

        Seriously. Pierce and Allen had to be the most demoralizing combo tonight…just awesome.

  • talesofJP

    winning this one, get the starters out now with 3:30 left, don't need any injuries

  • Ryan DeGama

    Love the Pierce grin after that three.

    • TedL

      Yesss.

  • TedL

    Dang. Look at the plus-minus for the subs. Grim. Every year we think we're going to have a great bench. Not so much, not yet.

  • kricky

    WE"RE BAAAACK!

    Miami, Chicago, LA, consider yourselves WARNED.

    • talesofJP

      lets win a game against one of those teams first, the Knicks are not those teams

      • Batman

        never forget they have a top 10 and a top 15 player but you r right

      • kricky

        To do it in NY after the struggles in Boston is huge.

        I think that this series is starting to rejuvenate the team, especially Rondo, and get that swagger back.

        • http://gymratrants.blogspot.com Tom W

          I agree. I'm certainly not ready to proclaim myself completely confident, but I feel a HELL of a lot better after that game. Welcome back to the playoffs, boys!

          • Batman

            LETS KILL DERRICK ROSEEEEE

          • kricky

            To do it in NY after the struggles in Boston is huge.You must be on cloud 9. Your man RR was just freeking awesome tonight. No trace of Rando to be found – good riddance.

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