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Pain: Boston 71, New York 87 (Full Grades)

 
Boston Celtics 71 Final
Recap | Box Score
87 New York Knicks
Jeff Green, PF 35 MIN | 3-11 FG | 4-6 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -22In the first quarter ,Green guarded everyone from J.R. Smith to Carmelo Anthony, and he did a solid job.

Green was also the only Celtic attacking the basket early on, but for whatever reason (possible reason #1: it’s Jeff Green), he disappeared for most of the game. It’s who he is, an inconsistent, uber-talented player. Gotta take the good with the bad, and tonight wasn’t much fun.

Brandon Bass, PF 34 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -7Bass looked like a poor man’s Karl Malone in the game’s opening five minutes, hitting a turnaround jumper with Tyson Chandler in his face, then knocking down his signature spot up a few plays later.

Really, he picked up where he left off in Game 1, playing outstanding defense on Carmelo Anthony and grabbing eight first half rebounds.

Then the second half happened and just like everyone else on this team, Bass never left Boston’s locker room.

Paul Pierce, SF 38 MIN | 8-19 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 18 PTS | -28In what might go down as the most cataclysmic sentence I’ve ever had to write: the Celtics used Paul Pierce to target Pablo Prigioni on switches throughout the first quarter…and it didn’t work.

The Celtics were patient with it though. They kept going back to switches throughout the second quarter that placed Pierce at the foul line with Ray Felton on his hip, and the result was a team-high 10 points on 50 percent shooting.

But Boston never went away from this as the hub of their offense. Maybe it was due to Garnett’s foul trouble? I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. Pierce isn’t good enough at this stage in his career to carry a basketball team for 48 minutes, by himself, against a solid defensive squad like New York.

Kevin Garnett, C 24 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -5Heading into tonight’s game it was repeatedly said that Kevin Garnett would be a focal point of Boston’s offense. This was a cool strategy until Garnett picked up two fouls in the game’s opening three minutes. (The second one: utterly ridiculous.)

He played 24 minutes and attempted nine shots, even though it felt like he missed at least 25. There was no rhythm or flow for a player who thrives on energy. A sad outing for sure.

Avery Bradley, PG 34 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -7In the second quarter Avery Bradley did what he does, hopping inside J.R. Smith’s molten hot jersey and completely shutting him down (save for one corner three).

On the other end, Bradley’s offense was non-existent. He scored six points and drove to the basket precisely two times, drawing one foul and missing a layup. The defense was extraordinary, though. That needs to be repeated.

Unfortunately, only one Avery Bradley exists in this dimension. Two were needed to cover both Ray Felton and Smith tonight.

Shavlik Randolph, PF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2He played?
Chris Wilcox, PF 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -8Literally did nothing except enter the game before Shavlik Randolph.
Jordan Crawford, SG 25 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | 0Jordan Crawford made his first career playoff shot (just like he wanted). Then he didn’t do anything but get abused by Raymond Felton for awhile.

In the fourth quarter Crawford began do score off the dribble, attempting a few “NO NO NO PLEASE GOD NO…I guuuuuuess that was OK” shots that make him who he is.

Courtney Lee, SG 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0It only took 83 games for Courtney Lee to play himself out of Boston’s rotation.
Jason Terry, SG 34 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +1Terry missed his first wide open three-pointer, turning my knuckles a deep shade of magenta. Then he made his second wide open three-pointer, and my eyes began to water. Then he made another, and another. It was glorious!

Also, a mirage. Terry wouldn’t score another point the rest of the game. It was fun while it lasted.

Doc RiversFor the second straight game, Boston’s second half offense looked like a bucket of vomit sliding down a wall. Part of this is on Doc Rivers, who stubbornly kept feeding Paul Pierce with mismatches instead of working the ball around or even running something creative, like a Jeff Green/Pierce pick-and-roll. Hopefully they switch it up a bit in Game 3.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Boston scored 23 points in the second half. This was a thing I saw.
  2. The Knicks and Celtics actually attempted the same amount of three-pointers, which is extremely difficult to believe. New York made 7-of-19. Boston made 5-of-19.
  • CelticsBIG3

    Green deserves way less than a C. Bass defends Melo 30X better than Green, so just like game one, Doc switches Green onto Melo in the second half and Melo abuses him. Intelligent F#CKING strategy there. Once JG picks up a couple of fouls, he turns into a pumpkin; his maturity level with dealing with the ups and downs of a basketball game is laughable. MAN UP.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Also, I busted out my JET jersey from the depths of my closet, only to toss it right back; this time into a garbage can.

  • elroz

    Year after year Doc cannot coach an offense…he is just one of the worst coaches in NBA when it comes to offense. Of course, this season it is in big part to Rondo not being here: but wait – they stunk on offense when Rondo was here too. They also scored below 70 points in 2010 NBA Finals game 6. Doc has assistants on his team, but I have no idea if any of them know anything about offense and if he listens to any of them that might know something. This is NOT an old team: Green, Bass, Bradley, Lee, Crawford.

    This is a horrid display and I hope Danny Ainge makes some decisions for next year. This is how they went out in 2010, 2011, and 2012 playoffs: offensive droughts for long stretches… nothing has changed.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Totally agree. His rotations are total horsecrap. I'm pretty sick of it. Why not give TWill a chance when they are actually still in the game? Obviously this "BIG lineup" that features Green as a starter isn't working. The guys are gassed by the time the 3rd quarter comes around and Doc is unwilling to run Crawford despite the fact he was making shots and getting us "back into" the game at least somewhat. Despicable.

    • GymRat

      I am inclined to agree with you. The team is clearly plagued by injuries so he isn't working with the team as it was designed…but that said a coach like Popovich can seem to score and win with anyone you throw on the court while nearly all the off season aquisitions made for the Celtics were to improve our offense and it's worst than ever. Everybody is bashing Terry but he's had a long consistent career before ever struggling like this. Hell, even Jordan Crawford can struggle to score in our offense. It's not pretty for sure.

  • janos

    all player coach owner F and apology to fan in newspaper i am not accept any thing less bullshit.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Welcome to the end of the line Janos.

      • janos

        i am try do a positive think but am not the happy guy right now if tv was not so flat and color am through my bowl soup through to next wall am not happy

        • Tony Knicks

          Shut up you retard.

          • janos

            what purpise this comment make feel me bad ok i am already say garnet is not bum not always on top of things what is knick done titles no?

          • CelticsBIG3

            Don't respond to a piece of SH!T Janos. He's some delinquent 15 year old f#cking moron

          • Tony Knicks

            A 15 yr old could score more points than old crappy Boston did tonight.

            KNICKS BABY KNICKS!

          • CelticsBIG3

            And even if yall get by us, YOUR STILL GOING TO GET F#CKED UP BY MIAMI, so it won't matter either way. Moron.

          • CelticsBIG3

            Go to another board you piece of sh!t. Like you have any chance getting to the NBA Finals if you even get by us anyway. What a freaking douche bag asshole.

    • someguyinsac

      Hi Janos, how you been otherwise? 100% behind you on what you say too, always!

      • janos

        hi sac
        was go good on today first half, have nice meal, candy but last part game was very bad ofwatch. am enjoy come here talk nba with friends but you know this guy is call me retard; am not, am smart guy real lifes, smarter then him i garantees youbut is not easy talk computer always at level of otheryou know? big 3 is good friend 'me and tell that guy is jerk, i was very nice see him do that on me.

        my grandson is be birth in about the 6 weeks time am very excite this, will get him rondos babiessshirt as soon as i can that is the sure one!!

        how is your familes and grandchilds all good am hoping?
        is any news on cusins come join nba celtics next seasons, we are use his reband quit a bit for help..

        have a good night i am go to the bed now.

  • High Rollers

    Playoffs or no playoffs, transition is hard.

    • janos

      i put all in garnet and he play like bum? where i can turn when not him. '?

      • GymRat

        Well the guy did draw an endless string of bullshit fouls. It's hard to get a rhythm when you're back on the bench every two minutes while the other team can mug you and shove you around.

        I get you're upset, but I wouldn't ever question KG's heart to the degree of calling him a bum.

        • janos

          am just a mad guy tonight did not mean a bad respect you ;him. am just frustrate becase was such good time of candy first half then garbage and he s hero me but cannot bale out of troubles us is hard see him this way so did a lash out but was not heart comment was frustrate comment .

          • Tony Knicks

            What the fuck is wrong with this guy? Are all Celtics fans this dumb?

          • CelticsBIG3

            He's obviously not from this country you sack of shit. Go back to your Knicks board to talk with your fairweather fans loser

          • check12check

            can we block this shit comment? Janos > shitbag troll. And janos btw, your English is not perfect, but I always know what you mean. Also, I love that i know i will encounter one of your comments on almost any post on this site

          • fabzzz

            I love janos's comments. We got your back Janos.

          • GymRat

            I feel you Janos. And I take no disrespect. This has definitely been a season of frustration and who doesn't miss the days when KG and PP were unstoppable.

      • High Rollers

        I think he's hurting a little. Hasn't been in rhythm for a while either. He'll give everything and more in Boston Friday and Game 4, win or lose.

  • IBleedGreen

    I’m sticking with my prediction – Celtics in 6!

    • janos

      is reat predict you are the tru fan cheers to you

  • High Rollers

    IBleed, nothing surprises me at this point. But maybe 7.

  • hax

    double double in 24 minutes and garnett gets no love because refs made some bad calls on him.
    3 rebounds in 3 minutes. Anybody else want to see randolph START over garnett?!

    • GymRat

      Well said. 11 rebounds in 24 minutes is pretty great. His play certainly wasn't why this team lost.

  • hax

    if this keeps up and the team gets swept, bledsoe and jordan for garnett and bradley please. Thibodeau shows you can coach good defense with bad defensive players.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Ya when you HAVE Thibodeau to do so. Doc is really going down hill as a coach.

  • High Rollers

    Like all season, home will be a different story. Then, anything’s possible.

  • Tony Knicks

    Hey I'm sorry Celtics fans. You can all come down to New York and watch the Knicks play in the second round. Drinks are on me.

    HAHAHAHHAHA

    • tbunny

      Tony, we get it, you're trolling and life is good. But at least be funny or something. Crack a joke. You're just being a dick.

      • check12check

        I don't know dude. He said drinks were on him. that's pretty cool at least

        • tbunny

          Well, 2 games is not a series. Now the Knicks look good, and the Celtics look like dog poo, but we're talking about a Carmelo led team. I mean, mabe we should just be patient and see if Carmelo can put it together in a meaningful way. KF+PIERCE=what like 12 playoff series wins? And Carmelo in NY has what, 0? So the bandwagon shouters seem pretty lame. The bar is consequently higher for trolling. You need to come here and at least be funny.

  • lol

    i am sticking with my prediction
    it is a sweep ,bring the fucking brooms

  • check12check

    Sorry guys. I’m a celtics fan, but I’m also a realist. Winning 1 or 2 games is all we can hope for. For next season, kg and pp need to retire or take a bench role. I’d love to see them off the bench. Also, janos if i may ask, what is your first language? I’ve been curious for a while now

    • emg

      janos first language speak language of love

  • Kafel

    Wow.. 71 points, really? This is disaster… What is wrong with this team that They won't show up for second half? I still believe C's can pull this off but only if They change something in their game, on the offensive end it's a CRAP! and if it won't change we are done.

  • old knees54

    I see celtics out there who do not know they can win. When they get pressured they do not have the moxie or skill to handle it. Bass, Green, Bradley, Lee should be better by now. Terry is a front runner with Dirk in his prime and little else. Are these guys the future or bad basketball decisions? Doc had Garnett shooting over Chandler to start the 2nd. half. What was the point of that? Are the C's going home to a miraculous turn around of basketball savvy and jump shooting accuracy? Hope is not a basketball skill.

  • swissflix

    wow. looking back at all the expectations we had at this team last october and what has happened since the. from the first game in miami to all the injuries and now to this. this being reality: a team that signs two players from china with 15 games left into the season only to bench them now after good performances. Question 1: Why sign them after all??
    Question 2 is Kenyon Martin, logically. Y'all know it by now. Danny should really be frank about this, just so we know the facts at least. Did Martin refuse to sign a contract in October? Was he disliked by someone on the team? coaching staff? Because funny enough, in NY players get to play quality minutes (this being a question Doc should have to answer). Maybe they did not want him to see Sully develop. That would be an acceptable answer for example.

    and sadly…KG looked bad last night. what a downfall from last year's playoffs performance. some say he's injured, but maybe it is what it is.

    we don't have enough firepower. that's why we lose. we're fine on D but overwhelmed on O.

    And yet…..Celtic pride. Let Spike Lee have all the cameras of the world to show what a cool fan he is, i bleed green. Celtics in seven!

  • DEXRAEY

    DOC RIVERS AND HIS STUPID PLAY CALLING COST US ANOTHER GAME. GARNET IS OLD AND SO IS PAUL, WHAY ARE ALL THE PLAYS CALLED FOR THEM!!!!!

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