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Celtics (3-0) at Knicks (0-3) Game Four Open Thread

 

Boston @ New York
Madison Square Garden
3:30 PM EST
ABC

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 NYK 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

Thumbnail: After game three, where the Celtics brutalized the Knicks into quitting, it’ll be interesting to see if Mike D’Antoni’s team brings any energy to the (Madison Square) Garden this afternoon. If they do, it’ll be interesting to see if they’ll maintain their effort if the Celtics start knocking down shots and applying defensive pressure. If you were the Knicks, would you want to go back up to Boston where elimination almost surely awaits or would you rather just get it over with? They may not have any fire left now that Chauncey Billups is done and Amar’e Stoudemire is doubtful after laboring through 33 ineffective minutes on Friday night.

The Celtics’ staggering game 3 blitzkrieg (a 122.1 0ffensive rating) was a great sign for the offense but Boston won’t get those kinds of open shots in round two. Still, from a rhythm and confidence standpoint, game three was the perfect tonic for the two shaky efforts in Boston. And with the chance to close New York out this afternoon, Boston sets itself up to head down to South Beach with its talents rested and well-practiced.

Will the Celtics be able to bring out the brooms for the first time in The Big Three era? Today’s certainly the best opportunity they’ll have for it.

UPDATE: Stoudemire is expected to try and play today.

  • I_Love_Green

    Todays going to be tough for me. I'm usually going nuts during the game for the entire time, but we're having family over for Easter so i'll have to be calm. Doesn't help that my entire family hates the Celtics, so I really hope we win this game today.

    But anywho, this is a game where I would love for the bench to step up. If the bench plays well, and we win, that would make me so happy. We'd be on fire going into the series with Miami. Really hope the early season Big Baby comes back today, and we dominate, getting our first sweep.

    LETS GOOOO CELTICS!!!!

  • WTF

    How frustrating are Philly fans? Led by 16, then literally next minute, pufffff, the lead is gone. Cs will have their hands full in next round.

    • WTF

      frustrated

      • Robert

        I bet they're not frustrated now!

  • Conall

    It's going to be tough for me too. i have to go out drinking instead of watching the match. Luckily my brother will be sending me regular updates. Let's close this one out!!!

  • Japes

    My body is ready.

    GO CELTS

    EFF UP THE HEAT

  • someguyinsac

    It would be nice to see Gino working the floor of MSG with his broom today.

  • Zee

    Pray for our guys, not because I think we will lose, but I don't want the Knicks to play dirty and try to hurt anyone. See below:

    "If we got to foul somebody, if we got to knock somebody out," Carmelo Anthony said yesterday, "we got to do whatever we got to do to avoid a sweep."

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/don_pack_it

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

    Sounds like Stoudemire will be playing? Can't see him being very effective. But if he somehow forces the series back to New York, Stoudemire is going to own the city of New York for the summer.

    I definitely started knocking on wood as soon as I saw that picture of a broom. You are killing my superstitious side, Ryan.

  • Zee

    Delonte isn't handling the ball very well.

  • Zee

    Knicks fans claiming that inadvertent whistle of a 3 second defensive violation call is proof of refs cheating.

  • guest

    Welcome back to the playoffs, big baby.

    • zangarang

      he's shooting out of his mind right now…

  • Batman

    Bench is looking solid
    Good thing about this series: Knicks bench is just as bad as the Heat's bench so we can tell things from the results

  • kricky

    The bench is picking it up!

    Good job by Krstic and BBD…and (swallow) Green too.

  • Ryan DeGama

    Love Delonte glowering over Fields after the swat. He needs to play with a bit of an edge to be effective.

    • Batman

      Delonte is a scary man

      • Chris O

        Gimme some Desperado on a motorcycle

    • Janos

      What mean glower? Is like standing? Did fields fall?

      • Batman

        he fell after delonte said "Get that shit outta here" and swatted the ball

  • Batman

    Knicks fans r so obnoxious
    Of course I'm just as obnoxious at Yankee Games

  • Janos

    Is good post and funny broom for easter. Probably not make sweep of miami though.

  • Chris O

    Woohoo up 17 at the half….should be like 25, feels like 30+, but we'll take 17.

  • Zee

    Help me out here… How do Knicks fans plan to win while chanting "these refs suck" again? They must've never heard that you never crack jokes on the barber while in his chair. LOL!

    • Janos

      Probably for wish make more score than boston to win but is ref going to like being yell at? In this case celtics is blade and knick is vulnerable throat for make cut!! Sweep!!!

  • Batman

    Whoa comeback

  • Moxie

    Can't believe they're down only 10 now.

  • Moxie

    Wow. Turnovers on 3 straight possessions.

    • Moxie

      Make that 4.

  • kricky

    Doc should be allowed to dispense corporal punishment here.

    • Chris O

      Agreed Krick lol

  • I_Love_Green

    This is not happening. Its like the sweep wasn't meant to be. Even last year.

  • Chris O

    Pierce HUGE CHARGE take. He comes back in and we are playing better

  • kricky

    The Cap stepping up (as usual). let's close this out boys!

  • Jay Cut

    Both offenses are abysmal (looking at shooting %s). What's going on?

    • Chris O

      The's C's just shot 49.4% for the game. Don't know if you know but that is actually good.

  • Moxie

    Not yet! Don't jinx it!!!

  • Batman

    SWEEP
    BROOOOM SWIISH

  • Chris O

    I love it Batman, you are the only one even more crazy optimistic than me…..lets GO CELTICS!!!

  • Chris O

    Rondo for the series 19.0 ppg 7.3rpg, 12.0 apg….boy is a FREAK

  • someguyinsac

    Time to be a temporary Sixers fan, Go Sixers!

    • Zee

      Ditto! :)

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

    Woo! Did anybody pick the Celtics to be the only team in the Eastern Conference to pull off a sweep in the first round? Good stuff.

    • Batman

      "Raises hand"

  • Chris O

    C's swept the Pacers in '92 btw lol

    • Batman

      That was a 5 game series

  • I_BLEED_GREEN

    KG is the fucking man

  • Zee

    HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WTF

    Doc should have called a time out after the first lay up by Melo. But he did not. He should called a time out after the second Green turn over, but he did not. An elite coach should be able to sense the team’s mental state right away and implement corrective actions. Doc? Always a step behind, that’s if he knows what to do. Other times, he’s lost as a innocent lamb.

    • someguyinsac

      Geez what a wet blankie, considering it was a win.

    • Batman

      Uh I don't know what ur thinking but Doc is an elite Coach, a top 5.

    • Zee

      Nah… sometimes you must allow a veteran team to gain composure on their own, else you undermine their intelligence. But when it simply gets out of hand, blow the whistle.

      • kricky

        Exactly. Doc is thinking long term.

    • Robert

      Seriously. What was Doc thinking guiding this team to 4 straight wins in the playoffs? They should fire him immediately.

      • WTF

        Big deal sweeping the Knicks. The Cs struggled in the first two games and one whistle away from 1 to 1, then to beat up a team with half the strength and lost a huge lead like that. You guys are easily satisfied and sing big praise for Doc, but don't you think timely correcting the team's tendency of losing big leads and dried up offense require Doc's immediate action during games? How many time did the Cs lost games they should not have if Doc interfered early and often? Don't get ahead of ourselves. If the Cs play like we did in game 1, 2 and 4 in the next two rounds against the Heat and Bulls, we can kiss our wet dream of banner 18 goodbye.

      • Chris O

        Yes Doc's play calling delivering game 1 on a platter….yea he's a terrible coach. SERIOUSLY DOC IS A TOP 3 COACH RIGHT NOW

        • Batman

          Whoa….Top 3 is a stretch

          • Batman

            Actually nvm he is top 3

    • dslack

      Have you ever noticed that Phil Jackson commonly draws praise for "allowing his team to play through it."? There are pluses and minuses both ways, but Doc did call timeout when it was down to a 14-point game. The players were just in a bit of a funk, combined with the Knicks shooting really well. That Knicks run wasn't Doc's fault.

  • Paul

    Great win for the Celtics today…I shouldn't even comment on that ignorant post about Doc. More times than i can count this year Doc has called great plays out of time outs and the team obviously respects him. On to round 2!!
    Go C's!

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