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Game 3: Knicks (2-0) @ Celtics (0-2) Open Thread

 

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2013/0420/nba_u_green55_cr_576.jpgNew York at Boston
8:00 P.M. ET
TD Garden

ESPN/CSNNE

Postseason Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 84.0 points/100 possessions (16th)
New York:
96.5 points/100 possessions (11th)

Postseason Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 96.5 points allowed/100 possessions (6th)
New York:
 84.0 points allowed/100 possessions (1st)

Probable Knicks Starters:
Raymond Felton (PG), Pablo Prigioni (SG), Iman Shumpert (SF), Carmelo Anthony (PF), and Tyson Chandler (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: KnickerBlogger

Thumbnail: The Celtics have been by far the worse offensive team in the 2013 NBA playoffs. Their offensive efficiency in the first two games of the series is more than 13 points worse per 100 possessions than the Washington Wizards’ 30th-ranked efficiency during the regular season. According to Elias, Boston is the first team in the shot-clock era to score 25 or fewer second-half points in consecutive regular season or postseason games. The Celtics have outscored the Knicks by a combined 10 points in the first half this series, but a few historically bad quarters doomed the men in green at Madison Square Garden.

The series now transitions to Boston, as the Celtics will have the TD Garden crowd behind them for the first time in more than two weeks. Dating back to the regular season, the Celtics have played five straight games away from home. Boston has to hope that home court allows Jeff Green to be effective for more than a half on Friday. Just as he did during the regular season, Green has been a stronger player in the first two quarters of the game than he has in the final two. He has continued this trend against the Knicks: in 40 second-half minutes played, Green has scored only eight points on 1-of-11 shooting with just one assist and four turnovers.

The odds are definitely against the Celtics with only six percent of NBA teams having been able to overcome a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-seven playoff series. No team in league history has ever come back from down 3-0, so Game 3 is extremely important for Boston. However, this has already been an odd series thus far, so the possibilities are endless. The Knicks are the first team to win consecutive games with fewer than 88 points scored in the last six postseasons. For the Celtics to have a chance at winning this series, they will need Green to provide a consistent offensive punch. He has been effective when driving to the hoop, but Boston needs more from him because of the team’s lack of offensive weapons.

Prediction: Green steps up and has his best overall game thus far this series to send the TD Garden crowd home happy.

Celtics 97, Knicks 92

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  • chris m

    Grit and Balls!

  • chris m

    Jason Terry is getting used

  • IBleedGreen

    Pierce is terrible so far…

  • GymRat

    Did they not let the C's go through layup drills before the game…wow!

  • WTF

    Lose this game then it's a sweep! Go KG!

  • IBleedGreen

    Avery Bradley blows

  • IBleedGreen

    Pierce please wake up

    • GymRat

      Yeah, he calls for the ball…then takes his eyes off it and turns it over. Definitely not dialed in yet.

      • IBleedGreen

        If he doesn't wake up in the 2nd half we have no chance…

  • GymRat

    Love the pace and the movement. It's spreading out the floor getting us lots of easy rebounds and second chance points. Now to start making shots.

  • someguyinsac

    I see now, they're playing their crappy half first and then they're going to storm back to win it in the second half. Right? o.O

    • GymRat

      Hoping the same thing!

  • IBleedGreen

    Can someone make a fucking layup???!!!

  • WTF

    Ohh boy, didn't realize how much the Cs' defense has regressed! Terrible!

  • GymRat

    KG has 10 rebounds already!!! Beast!

    Bet it's cause Janos called him a bum.

    Kidding Janos :)

    • janos

      i was frustrate as all

      • GymRat

        With very good reason.

  • Art

    No heart, no passion, no ball movement, and for the guys who wouldn't shut-up during the moment of silence at the beginning of the game NO CLASS

    I expect more from Boston. Prove me wrong…

    • GymRat

      Yeah, that moment of "silence" was sad. I'm hoping it was some rowdy Knicks fans. But still sad.

  • GymRat

    54 points total in the last 4 quarters…brutal.

  • GymRat

    Man after that sweet play to open the game got us a wide open layup I thought this game was really going to be different. But we missed 3 point blank shots and there's been a lid on the rim ever since.

    Celtic Pride!! C'mon guys lets turn it around in the second half.

    • High Rollers

      And that resulted because the guy working so hard for it is in real pain… hip, foot, and god knows what else.

      Just gotta pull whatever confidence and assertiveness is left out of the hat now. All that's left is heart.

  • chris m

    My Dish went down to start the 2nd 23/18 and it popped back on with us down 16.

  • yordgreat

    31 1st half points? really? that is beyond pathetic

  • High Rollers

    Down eighteen in your own building in game three, it's playing for pride time.

  • WTF

    Shit, the series is over! Feel sorry for KG, the man has so much passion for the game and for the winning. This is even worse than his days in Sota!

  • yordgreat

    i already called it in after gm 2.it's over

  • bantonj

    If this is really a sweep. What should the Celtics do in the off season?

  • yordgreat

    rebuild in the next 10 years

  • tbunny

    This is the worst game I've ever seen Pierce play. Really brutal.

  • Jim

    How much worse can this get?

  • tbunny

    I guess Terry is playing 40 minutes?

  • fabzzz

    Jeff green snarling, gotta love it

  • The Cardinal

    When Mark Jackson was an announcer, he used to say that there comes time during a series when both teams know who is the better team. It looks like game 2 was that game. The Knicks' confidence is through the frickin' roof.

  • GymRat

    21 points in the 3rd quarter. Well at least this will be the highest scoring half so far and we won't break the record yet-again. At this point I'm taking the little victories.

  • celtics are done

    fishing supplies going on sale tomorrow
    lmfao

  • GymRat

    All you who think Jeff Green is the future of this franchise…remember the play of him throwing the ball into the backcourt past KG after holding the ball and ignoring two wide-open cutters. He really needs to up his BBIQ.

    • GymRat

      Or you can remember him throwing it into a double team for an uncontested layup after waiting too long to hit Pierce at the top of the key.

  • someguyinsac

    Flagrant 2?

    • janos

      sac what are your think this game result i am not now how to take it i am mad

      • someguyinsac

        I'm pissed off, just like you are.

  • GymRat

    Who else is hoping that flagrant 2 ignites Terry and fuels the kind of comeback he lead when Dallas shocked the Heat overcoming a 26 pt lead.

    Go Jett!!!!!

  • tbunny

    KG has played hard this whole game. I love you KG.

  • janos

    am fel sick my stomachs

  • WTF

    Man, at least we still can enjoy Melo's shooting. What a talent but may just go wasted!

  • hax

    Rondo Crawford Green Randolph looks so good right now.
    trade everyone else for howard?

    • someguyinsac

      Why trade for him, isn't he a free agent this year and they could just sign him without giving anyone up? Not that I expect it to happen, just saying.

    • Switcharoo

      For Howard? Are you freaking serious? With all the baggage he brings plus his injuries, I don’t think so.

  • hydrofluoric

    It's disgusting that JR Smith's flagrant foul is only costing him 7 minutes.of mainly garbage time.

    Had to stop watching because of all the miserable defense. I could suffer the offense but the inability to string together stops was just as much a killer as the multitude of turnovers and blown good looks tonight.

    Remember 2004…

  • frenchlick

    unload jet and green to new york for amare

    • someguyinsac

      No thanks.

  • GymRat

    This was a tough game. As much as I wanted to see Doc be more flexible, tonights approach seemed unusually desperate. What can you really expect from T-Will and Crawford playing together for the first time and in their first playoff series? The result of all the unusual lineups was not just poor offense…but inconsistent defense and lots of turnovers. And still no Shavlik?

    This game really wasn't about Doc. He took risks and tried new things which we all hoped he would. It was clear from the oppening tip that this team just didn't have confidence and lacked focus while the Knicks were supremely confident and it showed in their shotmaking and our inability to finish open looks and layups. You can't coach confidence, players have to find it on the court.

    Sad that this is how KG and PP's time together will end. Would still love to see them win a final game together. Ending in a sweep in the Garden just seems cruel.

    • WTF

      Wow, great moves by Doc, NOT! The changes should have been implemented and tested during regular season. The playoff is to set your rotation solid by including tested pieces in there. Doc did none of these. He's not confident in his rotation, in his players, in his game plan (if there is one). These times reveal your true color, well, we saw Doc's now. And we saw KG's! Just feel sorry for the man, his career should have not ended like this. He should have been up there with Duncan or better had he had a coach and GM like Pop.

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