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Boston Celtics mount comeback but fall to New York Knicks 103-102

My objective for tonight’s game was to record the lineups and get a better idea of what Brad Stevens was seeing from various combinations on the floor. With about eight minutes remaining in the fourth, when Stevens inserted Chris Babb into the lineup, I gave up.

Clearly, this was a mistake. Babb immediately blocked a shot and hit a 3-pointer, his first of four which helped lead the Celtics back from a 92-70 deficit. Phil Pressey aided Babb by pestering the Knicks into bad turnovers which led to transition layups, including one that gave Boston a 102-101 lead with less than a minute remaining. Then Tim Hardaway Jr. knocked down a tough jumper, Babb lost the ball in traffic with one second remaining, and the Knicks pulled out a win.

There’s a lot to talk about, and we will get to it, but for now the biggest story seems to be Boston’s promise. We are two preseason games deep into the 2013-14 season, we’ve seen flashes from several young players and we have had two entertaining losses. Frankly, as far as I’m concerned, so far so good.

Full recap to follow…

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  • CelticsBIG3

    That was the best preseason game I think I've ever seen and the Providence crowd was way into it.

  • hax

    Just like our final playoff game last year, suck all game then roar back. It was weird seeing Bradley being the best offensive player most of the game.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Didn't really think about that, but that almost directly imitated that last game.