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Game 5: Celtics (1-3) @ Knicks (3-1) Open Thread

 

Kenyon Martin will be wearing his home black uni's tonight.

Boston at New York
7:00 P.M. ET
Madison Square Garden
TNT

Postseason Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 89.0 points/100 possessions (16th)
New York: 96.4 points/100 possessions (13th)

Postseason Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 96.4 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)
New York: 89.0 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 “one-game-at-a-time” approach has extra special meaning tonight.  If they fail to earn their second win against the New York Knicks, there won’t be another game to approach.  They have a bunch of things working against them:  JR Smith is returning from his one game suspension; they are on the road at MSG; they’re facing elimination.

The biggest threat to the Celtics’ chances of winning is the fact that they’re facing off away from the friendly confines of TDGarden. The C’s have been positively awful on the road this season and, in most recent memory, have lost games 1 and 2 at MSG.  I know the postseason is different from the regular season, but the Celtics’ bench hasn’t fared any better despite the games becoming more meaningful.  One player in particular, Jason Terry, has to play well tonight if the C’s hope to escape from New York with a win.

The Celtics, despite the odds, have some things working in their favor.  To paraphrase Stephen A. Smith on this morning’s SportsCenter: Carmelo Anthony will want to make up for his 10-35 shooting performance in Game 4.  THIS is exactly what the Celtics want.

This series has allowed me an up close and personal view of Anthony on a good team.  I can’t, for the life of me, figure out how a team can be successful with a superstar like Anthony.  So many possessions play out just like this:  Anthony gets the ball in the midrange, turns and faces up on his defender, ball-fakes for 8 seconds, shoots a long two.  WHAT?!  How is that good/productive basketball?

When the Knicks have moved the ball, they have absolutely torched the Celtics by sinking wide-open shots.  Instead, Anthony and JR Smith have been mostly playing heroball.  There should be no wonder why a team with this amount of firepower is currently the fourth least efficient team from an offensive standpoint.

Doc Rivers has to balance the desire to play his starters the entire game with the need to integrate his bench to keep the starters fresh for the fourth quarter.  He did a miserable job of that in Games 1, 2, and 3.  In Game 4, we finally saw Terrence Williams; a player who is not shy about driving to the hole or about physically putting the “hurt” on the guy he’s defending.  As a side benefit, extending the bench allowed the C’s to get more rest than they had early on in this series.

It’s hard to see Rivers extending his bench even further in a must-win game on the road, but I really hope we see some Shavlik Randolph on Kenyon Martin tonight.  The Knicks were able to erase a 19 point second half lead largely on their ability to hit the offensive glass.  Not only is Randolph the C’s best reserve big in terms of rebounding, but he also presents a really nice matchup to New York’s bigs.  Both Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin have games built around toughness and emotion.  Randolph is exactly the type of annoying big man (in the vein of Anderson Varejao and Jaokim Noah) that could get into the head’s of New York’s front line.

Whatever happens tonight, you can rest easy that this likely isn’t the end of Piece and Garnett’s time in green (Thanks, BRobb!).

Prediction: The Celtics NEED this win.  So I will give it to them.

Celtics 90, Knicks 89

  • fabzzz

    Wait so martin is injured tonight?

  • celtics are done

    "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"

  • Kafel

    Good start… Great offense, really..

  • IBleedGreen

    Avery can’t-make-a-simple pass Bradley fucking blows

  • Kafel

    Take AB out! he can't play on the offensive end and his defense is bad lately so he gives nothing to this team

  • someguyinsac

    We got grit, balls, and heart. I'm looking at a win for us.

  • Kafel

    Maybe Pierce could pass damned ball?!

  • IBleedGreen

    Very sad and frustrated watching Pierce

  • fabzzz

    Bass is our second, third best player right now? Right after kg and pierce…?

    I don’t.t feel comfortable writing that

  • IBleedGreen

    KG is a beast. Let's go Celtics. Start Terry in the 2nd half, we got this.

  • hydrofluoric

    I LOVE that Pierce is shooting J's and missing them – beats the hell out of turning it over (0 TOs so far).

  • fabzzz

    Were up six and Jeff green hasn’t even tried to score yet. We need distribution, it makes us unpredictable…and I think that’s they key to us winning

  • hydrofluoric

    What we need to continue in the second half:

    - Protect the ball; not sure how much we can keep this up but it's been great for us so far
    - Shut down Smith (Bradley can't seem to defend Felton but he's done GREAT on JR. Let JET guard Felton for all we care)
    - Keep guarding Melo 1-on-1 and rotating and generally playing good defense
    - Keep KG in aggressive mode

  • someguyinsac

    Just don't burn out the old guys by overplaying them Doc, please give them rest whether they like it or not.

    • hydrofluoric

      Lose and go home. I say we ride em like Secretariat.

      • someguyinsac

        When we win this game, we get another one on Friday and that isn't a whole lot of turnaround time for recharge themselves. Could be wrong, but I'm hoping Doc doesn't make choices where that issue comes into question.

  • hydrofluoric

    WHY CAN WE NOT STOP RAYMOND FELTON

    • IBleedGreen

      because not like our point guard, he can actually dribble, pass, shoot, and make layups.

      • hydrofluoric

        Rondo can do all of those things…

        • IBleedGreen

          don't make me laugh

  • fabzzz

    I like Williams a lot this game. Now if terry could defend felt on and Jeff green could start scoring…we’d be in business

    • IBleedGreen

      as long as we don't see Bradley again we're in business

  • fabzzz

    Jason terry – I have forgiven you. You are awesome.

  • GymRat

    Best 3rd quarter of the series.

    12 minutes. A 9 point lead – I like our chances.

    Just wish Pierce would stop holding the ball then kicking to guys late in the clock forcing them to take bad shots like the 3 times to end the quarter.

    Attack. Attack. Attack.

  • GymRat

    The Knicks trolls are awful quiet.

  • someguyinsac

    J.R. who? =)

  • IBleedGreen

    Jeff Green!!!!!

  • IBleedGreen

    Jason Terry is +22 so far in this game…

  • GymRat

    9 minutes… 15 pt lead. Even better.

    Keep this season alive! Go Celts!!

  • hydrofluoric

    Clamp down,draw fouls, ice this. I want to freak the F out but know how fast a lead can be blown especially by this team.

  • GymRat

    I could swear I see Jeff Green in the game…but you sure can't tell from the way he's playing.

  • fabzzz

    Okay let’s get a bucket…any old bucket, any way, any how

  • IBleedGreen

    Our older guys are tired…keep grinding Celtics.

  • GymRat

    Put T-WIll back in please.

  • GymRat

    I'm REALLY hoping we win. But if we lose…they deserve to go fishing. You can't let a team like NY beat you down 15 with only 9 minutes left.

  • GymRat

    THERE'S Jeff Green. Welcome back to the game.

  • GymRat

    I LOVE seeing Spike Lee squrim.

  • IBleedGreen

    For all the fans who kept hating on Green and Terry the whole season, TAKE THAT!!!!

  • GymRat

    T-Will really made a difference this game. Solid ball handling against pressure and good D with no turnovers or forced shots.

  • GymRat

    No scoring draught quarters. Best overall game of the series. Now lets finish these punks and bring it back home.

  • GymRat

    This team KILLS me this season. They just won't let it be easy. 12 pt lead with under 3 minutes and they find a way to let NYK right back in.

    • IBleedGreen

      KG's here to rescue

      • GymRat

        Thank you KG!!!

  • GymRat

    KG!!!!!

  • fabzzz

    Thank you KG. Look forward to seeing the Knicks on Friday

  • GymRat

    Knicks fans are packing it in. Talk about fair-weather fans.

  • GymRat

    Game 6 baby!!!

  • someguyinsac

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

  • GymRat

    Madison Square Garden is scary quiet.

    And I love Crawford even more now for telling off the Pillsbury dough boy.

    • Switcharoo

      Maybe if he played even 1 minute of ball but since he didn’t even get out of his P.Js it kind makes him look like a douche really.

  • tbunny

    UH OH

    UH FUCKING OH

  • Rav

    Haha look at Doc scold Fab Melo!

  • frenchlick

    twill gets an A+ from me, wish he could have got a few more minutes

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