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Game 6: Knicks (3-2) @ Celtics (2-3) Open Thread

http://espn.go.com/photo/2013/0501/bos_u_terrence-williams_mb_600.jpgNew York at Boston
7:00 P.M. ET
TD Garden


Postseason Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 91.7 points/100 possessions (14th)
New York:
96.3 points/100 possessions (13th)

Postseason Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 96.3 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)
New York:
 91.7 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)

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: After Doc Rivers cemented his 475th career victory as the Boston Celtics head coach on Wednesday, the only man who has won more games for the green is Red Auerbach. Rivers reached that achievement by tightening his rotation to just seven players. The only bench players who saw floor time in Game 5 were Jason Terry and Terrence Williams. Back in February of this season, the Celtics signed Williams to increase the team’s backcourt depth, but no one expected him to be a key cog for the Celtics in the playoffs. While Avery Bradley has not being able to manage the offense consistently, Williams has shown solid ball-handling skills at important times. In addition, the Celtics need him to keep up the strong defense.

There will be another interesting twist to Friday’s contest in Boston. Steve Novak, one of the league’s best 3-point shooters, is out for Game 6 because of back spasms. His 43-percent shooting from downtown during the regular season was 11th-best in the NBA. However, the Celtics have allowed the catch-and-shoot specialist to attempt only six 3-point attempts this series. It will be interesting to see whether Mike Woodson lets Chris Copeland out of the doghouse to play or if Woodson decides to shorten his rotation like Rivers has from the other bench. It remains to be seem how the Knicks will respond to this injury with them coming off their worst 3-point shooting performance in 44 combined regular season and postseason home games in 2012-13.

One of the reasons that the Celtics were so successful on Wednesday was Brandon Bass’s impressive defense on Carmelo Anthony. Anthony shot 31 percent from the field and 0-of-12 from 3-point in Games 4 and 5 after putting up 32 points per game on 46 percent shooting and 50 percent from 3-point in the first three contests. With Anthony’s recent shooting struggles, he must be seeing flashbacks of his days with the Denver Nuggets, where he only moved past the first round once in seven years. Coincidentally, since the Knicks acquired Anthony in 2011, both New York and Denver fell in the first round of the 2011 and 2012 playoffs. The Nuggets did their part again on Thursday by losing their series to the Warriors. The Celtics now have the opportunity to push this series to a Game 7 at Madison Square Garden and possibly continue the symmetry between Anthony’s two NBA teams.

Prediction: Get ready for Game 7 on Sunday.

Celtics 94, Knicks 89

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  • Kafel

    Great energy right from the gates… 4 points in six minutes?! Hope PP will wake up like in last game.
    C's can't take this game easy, They barely won after OT…

  • Kafel

    Just couldn't start worse and Pierce is shooting C's out of this game. I hate how this team makes a run, makes You believe They can pull it out just to lay a stinky egg.

  • Art

    Where's the urgency? Too many jumpshots and gave up too many offensive rebounds. Come on fellas let's go!

  • someguyinsac

    Anyone besides KG going to show up tonight? Hope so.

  • fabzzz

    I still have hope! We just need one little run and we're back in this game!

  • Anthony

    Everyone besides KG is playing like shit…. Wake up guys!!

  • chris m

    is this pre season?

  • james patrick

    AUGHHH…. pierce noooooo…… :(

  • someguyinsac

    Back to back 3's, Yeah baby!

  • fabzzz

    don't have tv unfortunately now….is this game as sloppy as my play by play tells me it is?

    If so, its gonna come down to who make the hard shots….



  • Art

    Alright the C's are switching it up this time; they got the crappy half out of the way; now it's time to rock!

  • High Rollers

    That was… wow. Second half should be interesting.

  • fabzzz

    at l;east we didnt set three records in six games for lowest points scored in a half

  • someguyinsac

    Can we get a dose of defensive NoDoz?

  • Art

    just got to get the lead under 10 by the end of the quarter, and watch the knicks choke.

    I'm not ready for the C's season to be over. I want a game seven!!

    • Art

      So much for that idea… ughhh….

  • tbunny

    A point guard would have been helpful for the Celtics in this series.

    • Art

      Good thing the C's got one of the best in the league; Rondo will be back stronger than ever.

      It's going to be an interesting off-season though.

      only 47 points on the board to start the fourth quarter… double ughhh…

  • frenchlick

    Over, Bring out the tackle box.

  • someguyinsac

    Time to toss fresher bodies into the fire to see what happens, can't hurt at this point and actually might help.

    (I know it's Doc and it's a reach that he'd do that, but I can always hope can't I?)

  • chris m

    this team never could reach it potential this season. could you imagine sully and rondo and i’ll give the knicks amari too!

  • chris m

    and let’s also say that doc and ainge really laid an egg this year too

    • Art

      IMO too many injuries to blame it on doc and ainge. even with the guys they had left a lot of guys still underperformed.

      but wait… it's not over yet…

  • Anthony

    Losing 2 home games in a playoff series is unacceptable any way you look at it. They didn't deserve to advance the way they played this series. Very disappointed. Sigh…. SMH.

  • Had22B

    Love that little kid trying to fire up the crowd

  • someguyinsac

    We got heart!

  • guest

    alligator blood…fuck yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • someguyinsac

    I'm glad I didn't give up on watching this game, they didn't give up on it either.

  • IBleedGreen

    If Pierce is half decent in this series we would have won easily

  • elroz

    Pierce and Green are rather horrid tonight…just a big let down…but Pierce sucked most of the series. NYK can get by when Melo stinks it up – he has been shooting like crap the whole series. But Boston is showing to be more of a one-man team – when Pierce sucks – they die. NO RR to bail them out.

  • Art

    Mad props to KG; best player of the series.

  • someguyinsac

    I still love our team, hope PP and KG come back next year for a last hurrah when they can play games with our true point guard again.

  • elroz

    Well, I know Carmelo had a bad shooting series – thanks to Celtics D – but Paul Pierce has just finished a HORRID playoff series. Maybe his worst? Just an utter mess – BAAAD shooting; bunch of turnovers.

    This was just bad by Pierce…OMG he stunk!

    I am now going to cheer for NYK and Brooklyn against Miami…will try not to throw up when cheering for trash like KMart and J.R. Smith.

  • elroz

    So the Celtics get outplayed by Shumpert and Prigioni? But hold Carmelo and J.R. to poor shooting throughout the series – inc. tonight.