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Game 34: Celtics (16-17) @ Knicks (23-10) Open Thread

 

Boston at New York
7:30 P.M. ET
Madison Square Garden
CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.0 points/100 possessions (21st)
New York: 109.6 points/100 possessions (2nd)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.9 points allowed/100 possessions (11th)
New York: 102.9 points allowed/100 possessions (T-16th)

Probable Knicks Starters:
Jason Kidd (PG), Ronnie Brewer (SF), Carmelo Anthony (SF), Marcus Camby (C), and Tyson Chandler (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: Knickerblogger

THUMBNAIL

Woo hoo! What a matchup we have on our hands tonight!  First thing’s first: the Celtics are already fighting an uphill battle as the news came down earlier today that Rajon Rondo will be suspended for tonight’s game for “making contact with a game official and failure to cooperate with a league investigation.”  Whoa to that second part.  What intrigue!  And…espionage?  Allegedly, Hawks GM Danny Ferry played the role of Deep Throat in this situation by handing over the evidence of the “contact” to the game officials after the Hawks got trounced.  Talk about sour grapes.  As BRobb posted earlier, you can view that evidence here.

The Knicks, like the Celtics, are also without their starting point guard as Raymond Felton is sidelined with a broken finger.  This has resulted in a crazy-awesome (likely) starting lineup for the Knicks.  As you can see above, the Knicks are likley starting two centers in Tyson Chandler and Marcus Camby and two small forwards in Ronnie Brewer and Carmelo Anthony.  Sure Anthony can play anywhere but he’s really most-comfortable in the 3-4 range.  Camby and Chandler, on the other, are totally just centers.   This should be fun.

While the Knicks starting lineup makes for some interesting matchup possibilites, the matchup I’m dying to see is actually between Avery Bradley and a member of the Knicks’ bench.  Can Bradley slow down JR Smith?  Can he completely shut Smith down?  I want to know and I might find out in just a few minutes.

  • Phil

    I don't know about Bradley/JR Smith, Smith seems a lot like Jamal Crawford to me. You don't stop him as much as you let him take difficult shots and hope he misses them. I'd rather see Bradley versus whoever the primary ball handler is among that starting lineup. Is a 55 year old Jason Kidd gonna try and fight through ball pressure all night? Do they just pass until Anthony gets the ball and let him hold it for 20 twenty seconds?

    I'm feeling good about this one, Rondo or not. Felton being out hurts a lot of what the Knicks want to run. Assuming the Celtics keep Anthony under 40, I like the Cs.

  • Kafel

    I hope C's will show Stern that he is too small to mess with them by winning at msg!

  • Phil

    Oh boy, this is the Palmer/Bavetta crew, isn't it? We've got what everyone agrees is the worst official crew in the league in a game where every Celtics fan is going to be looking for conspiracy theory support?

  • IBleedGreen

    I don't know what's worse – Terry's defense or Bradley offense.

  • Phil

    Sigh, hello again defensive rebounding lapses, how I didn't miss you. It wouldn't be so bad if the last 4 hadn't led directly to 11 points. And there's no play I hate in all of basketball more than the two players on the same team going for the rebound and knocking it out of bounds*

    Great play from the bench so far at least. It all comes down to 3pt defense against the Knicks though.

    *-that's a lie, I actually hate the clear path foul more. The uncontested rebound out of bounds is second though.

  • The Cardinal

    When Barbosa is on the floor, we are a better team, so it's gotta be a pay/ego thing that's keeping him out of the rotation. All season he has played consistently better than Terry or Lee, but because of the pecking order, he gets no love from Doc.

  • Phil

    This is a fun game.

  • Melo sux

    Thanks to Danny Ferry, do we get to make a DVD of all the taunting and whinning that Carmelo is getting away with. It was a crime to give double T's when KG ignored a good 5 minutes of trash talking before responding.

  • janos

    nba celtics are back all fan who are cry last to week are welcomed back no judge

    • tbunny

      You're a humanitarian and a saint.

  • IBleedGreen

    Most entertaining game of the season.

  • tbunny

    I LOVE IT! I love beating the Knicks.

  • someguyinsac

    3 wins in a row since AB returned to play, coincidence or not?

  • Melo still sux

    Best win of the year. So great to see the team play with playoff intensity and step up without Rondo. Even Jeff Green brought something…though his shot selection was crap.

    Nice to see Melo shoot the knicks into this loss after all that trash talking. The refs just refused to give him the second T he so deserved.

  • Phil

    I'll hold a pew for anyone who wants in to the Church of Avery!

    • someguyinsac

      Hold one for me please, I was a doubter in the beginning and I'm not one anymore. =)

  • Kafel

    Great effort, great win!! And Pierce is still so clutch, man.

  • tbunny

    Melo is having a meltdown!!!

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