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Game 42: Knicks (25-14) @ Celtics (20-21) Open Thread

 

http://a.espncdn.com/media/motion/2013/0123/dm_130123_Carmelo_Garnett/dm_130123_Carmelo_Garnett.jpgNew York at Boston
8:00 P.M. ET
TD Garden

TNT

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.0 points/100 possessions (21st)
New York:
108.7 points/100 possessions (3rd)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 100.4 points allowed/100 possessions (8th)
New York:
 102.8 points allowed/100 possessions (16th)

Probable Knicks Starters:
Jason Kidd (PG), Iman Shumpert (SG), Carmelo Anthony (SF), Kurt Thomas (PF), and Tyson Chandler (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: KnickerBlogger

Thumbnail: I guess we can call this current four-game losing skid another rock-bottom moment for the 2012-13 version of the Celtics. It is possible to blame some of their recent defensive struggles on Avery Bradley’s rib injury, but Boston’s issues go further than just that. Statistically, the Celtics are staring at possibly their worst season in a while. After having just two losing streaks of at least four games in 2011-12, Boston has already suffered two losing streaks of that length this season. In the first four years of the Kevin Garnett era, the Celtics had just one losing streak of at least four games.

As of late, the Celtics have not be able to compete against bad NBA teams, so maybe they can play up to their opponents in this upcoming tough stretch. In addition, maybe some home cooking could help Boston. The Celtics play eight of their eleven games before the All-Star break at TD Garden. While most are against projected playoff teams, the Celtics have been good at home this season, sporting a 13-8 record.

The first opponent of this important stretch: the Knickerbockers. Get ready for all the Honey Nut Cheerios you can eat at the TD Garden on Thursday for the nationally televised game. History is on the Celtics’ side in this matchup. Including the playoffs, Boston has yet to lose a game in their 12 meetings against New York at TD Garden since 2007-08.

Raymond Felton’s absence from this game will also help the Celtics. The Knicks have posted a 20-8 record in his 28 games started this season, but a pinkie injury has forced him to miss the last 11 contests. The Knicks have lost six of those games, including January 7th at Madison Square Garden against the Celtics, and are shooting worse from the field and three-point without Felton playing. Let’s also remember that Rondo did not play in that game in New York a few weeks ago.

Prediction: The Celtics again take advantage of Felton not playing. They stop the losing streak and make it a perfect 13-for-13 against the Knicks at TD Garden since 2007-08.

Celtics 99, Knicks 96

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  • someguyinsac

    Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst.

    Man it sucked having to write that, but it's been one heck of a roller coaster season so far with this bunch.

    • janos

      hi sac
      dont give up us we are need you

      is sac team move back sonic?

      • someguyinsac

        Hi Janos,

        I'm not giving up and after 30 years of following them even though I moved cross country, why would I?
        This roller coaster season is tough to deal with, but I'll just have to make sure my barf bag supply stays well stocked. ;)

        Pretty much a done deal from my point of view, even though Sac city is pulling out all the stops in trying to stop it.

        • janos

          hi sac
          is going be hard you be city no team ; is my suspecnice go out for the night watch game on live

          • someguyinsac

            Hi Janos
            Until the economy crapped out for me because I was in the construction trade, went to games in Oakland and Sac when they played there. After that it became just the Sac games to save money and now I'll have to be going back to Oakland for the only game they will play "locally" to see. Sucks to have to do that, but I will.

  • tomrod

    This is when you usually expect them to be miserable, but they come out and get the win… Its been that way before, lets hope it stays that way. Can they turn it on this season? tonight is a test for that

  • yordgreat

    no expectations whatsoever…….

  • emg

    I expect KG and Carmelo to be super polite given the NYT article on KG and the All Star Game. But it would hilarious if KG just went out there and shouted at him starting immediately.

  • Kafel

    Great officials for this game… Really? I'm surprised that Crawford still have a job as one.

  • Phil

    I had to work late, so I missed the first quarter and can only follow this game on Gamecast now, is there any specific reason that my favorite six minutes (the start of the second quarter when Terry/Lee/Green/Sully/KG play) never happened? Knicks started the quarter on an 11-1 run. If 'threatening changes' meant inserting Barbosa into the lineup that had been carrying this team, I want no part of those changes.

  • someguyinsac

    Do the idiot TNT announcers talk about "real versus piped in" crowd noise on every broadcast they do or are we just getting special treatment tonight?

  • tbunny

    Unrelated, I had honey nut cheerios for dinner tonight.

  • janos

    Rondos do it again!!

  • tbunny

    Dick Bavetta AND Joey Crawford are on this game?!

  • Phil

    Still watching gamecast; were "Jason Terry bad pass turnover" and "Paul Pierce lost ball out of bounds turnover" as brutal as they sound?

    • tbunny

      Not really brutal so much as suitably anticlimactic.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Yes. The entire last 30 seconds was UGLY. Jason Terry tried to hand the ball off to Pierce at about 12 inches away and hit him in the chest with it out of bounds. Then Rondo passed to Pierce on the wing he tried to catch it one handed and bobbled it directly out of bounds to the NY bench. Then with 7 seconds to go they were "unable" to commit a foul…. The Knicks passed it around for 7 seconds while Celtic players ran around like headless chickens unable to foul anyone. For 7 seconds.

      • Phil

        Thanks for the clarification. This team's struggles in the clutch are baffling. I understand not being able to bring it 48 minutes/82 games, but a veteran team with championship aspirations should be playing its best in the clutch. These aren't rookies making these mistakes. They lost the Bulls game with similar breakdowns from their stars.

        Still better than a blowout loss to a non-playoff team I guess…

    • CelticsBIG3

      But on the bright side, they actually seemed interested in competing for the other 2,873 seconds in the game. Really was hoping for this win as I am going to Boston for the Heat game on Sunday.

  • Danny

    Bad things happen to bad teams. And you are a bad team when you can’t get a shot off in your final two possessions because you turned it over out of bounds. That was pathetic. I really don’t know what to say about this team anymore.

  • CelticsBIG3

    The mistakes that were made down the stretch you don't expect to see from a NBA team full of veterans.

  • High Rollers

    Janos, Rondo was absolutely clutch. We’ve got what we need, just some help would be nice.

  • 2013 Year

    Boston Celtics 2013 -no Playoff this year

  • chris m

    You know things are bad when your wife calls at your work to tell you she got hawks//celtics tix behind the bench (in Atlanta) and you don’t even raise an eyebrow or do your normal fist pump.

  • Phil

    I'm finding it really hard to shake the feeling that this team just isn't as good as we thought. Every player on the team is dangerously capable of no-showing. Rondo brought his national TV game (which just aggravates me even more when it happens now- bring it against ****ing Brandon Knight too!) and Pierce played for a half. No one else had an overly positive impact.

    At least a potential 2-7 matchup between the Knicks and Cs would be a lot of fun.

    • CelticsBIG3

      In defense of Pierce Phil, the Celtics completely went away from him after the break. He didn't get his first touch as I recall until about 5 minutes left in the third quarter. And Jeff "Mistake Machine" Green made his return tonight. I counted about 5 times in the second half when he got "stuck" on picks or simply allowed Melo to roast him forcing Sullinger to pick him up. That didn't work out well.

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