Grades and highlights will be up later but for now, here are five things we saw.
Five Things We Saw
The Knicks are a different team on defense and the biggest difference has nothing to do with Tyson Chandler. They pressure the wings and trap the ball handler from time to time. They also do a fair share of reaching and poking at the ball. Tonight it worked in their advantage but its effectiveness is completely dependent on the officiating crew.
The Celtics have their equivalent of Anderson Varejao in Chris Wilcox. “Equivalent” is an obvious overstatement, but Celtics fans got to see what it would be like if Varejao wore green for a brief time in the second half. Wilcox was all over the place, getting his hands on rebounds, attacking the offensive glass, and diving on the floor for loose balls. The effort was very much appreciated by the team and the Garden Faithful.
The “No Basket” basket by Pierce was almost the craziest thing I had ever seen. I guess he didn’t beat the shot clock and he definitely traveled (although I don’t think there’s a chance they could have overturned that on a travel call) but for a few glorious moments, the Garden was BANANAS! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!
Tonight was the perfect example of why you wouldn’t want Carmelo Anthony as your best player. He shot the Knicks out of this game in the fourth quarter and when he was forced to give the ball up, the rest of the Knicks seemed too uncomfortable to take a shot.
The Celtics out-rebounded the Knicks 40 to 37 and won. Mark it 8, dude.