Game 2 is upon us between the Celtics and Knicks in MSG. I’ll be live on the scene at the Garden, helping give you full comprehensive coverage of tonight’s tilt with the rest of the CH crew. For now though, let’s keep things simple. Here’s what I want to see tonight in Game 2 from the Celtics
-Shavlik Randolph. He can rebound, probably defend Kenyon Martin competently, and will keep Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green and Brandon Bass from playing too many minutes. Part of me wants to see Chris Wilcox get his first dose of the postseason after a long career, but the other part of me wants to see the Celtics win.
-Brandon Bass involvement in the offense. I covered this in yesterday’s post. Two shots is about eight too few for him.
-Terrence Williams? The coaches still don’t trust his defense yet, (which I get) but I feel like he’s more reliable at hitting open jumpers than Courtney Lee. Boston’s need for offense will dictate this one though.
-Ball movement and cutting. The Knicks are going to double team? Great! Let’s not dribble into traffic and find an open man instead.Do it quickly too.
-Hitting open jump shots. I don’t care who does it. Someone needs to though. If they aren’t falling, don’t be afraid to go to the rim either.
-Controlled minutes for Pierce/KG. 36 for PP, 32 for KG. They aren’t effective late, if they don’t have legs.
-Box out the guards. Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd snuck in a number of times for offensive rebounds in Game 1. C’s need to be aware of this and put a body on both guys.
-The redemption of Jason Terry. Doc isn’t going to bench him, so he needs to remain aggressive and be smart with his shot selection, while also looking to setup teammates.