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Game 22: Celtics (9-12) @ Knicks (5-13) Open Thread

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2013/0420/nba_u_green55_cr_576.jpgBoston at New York
12:00 P.M. ET
Madison Square Garden

CSNNE

Offensive Efficiency:
Boston: 97.6 points/100 possessions (25th)
New York:
102.1 points/100 possessions (12th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Boston: 101.0 points allowed/100 possessions (T-9th)
New York:
103.4 points allowed/100 possessions (22nd)

Probable Knicks Starters:
Raymond Felton (PG), Iman Shumpert (SG), Carmelo Anthony (SF), Kenyon Martin (PF) & Andrea Bargnani (C)

View From The Opposing Bench: KnickerBlogger

Thumbnail: The Celtics take the Madison Square Garden floor for the first time since winning Game 5 of the first-round series in the 2013 playoffs. This also happened…

I still have no idea how D.J. White did this with his face: it is like his mouth has a mind of its own. Nevertheless, it was Jordan Crawford who was remembered for this “incident” following the C’s victory. Even though Steez did not actually play at all in Game 5, he still made an impact on it. Then, unsurprisingly, no one took him seriously when he said he was hoping to become a leader this season.

Well, Crawford has at least become a leader on the floor, as his 2.55 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks in the top 20 in the NBA in 2013-14. It is no coincidence that the Celtics got their first win the night that he started his first game of the season. In moving Avery Bradley to the shooting guard position, the Celtics found their starting backcourt for the first couple of months of the season. Not only has Bradley scored at least 15 points in four of his last five games, Crawford has posted double figures in points in eight of the last nine contests.

Boston’s starting backcourt has been strong recently, but New York’s has been as well. In the last two games, Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert have put up a total of 54 points. Impressively, the Knicks won those games by a combined 68 points. I know that those games were against the six-win Magic and the six-win Nets, but the Knickerbockers became the first team to win consecutive games by 30 points this season. In addition, the last time that an NBA squad did that on back-to-back days was 2011 by the Bulls.

Prediction: The Celtics’ hot shooting stretch continues, and it stops the Knicks’ longest winning “streak” of the season. No Tyson Chandler allows the men in green to attack New York’s interior defense, and Boston tops 100 points. The Celtics move to 6-0 when hitting triple digits, and the Knicks move to 0-9 when allowing that many points.

Celtics 101, Knicks 97

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  • High Rollers

    C's came to play!

    Professionals!

    Don't let up!

  • YouSerious?

    The calls in this game are already ridiculous, yet the Knicks can't even take advantage. I love it. This is the "I'll score 30 points in the paint and you can't do jack about it" Jeff Green

  • The Cardinal

    One of the unremarked on things that Coach Brad does is manage the minutes of his players. Check the stat sheet of any regulation game and I can't recall anyone playing 40 minutes. It's usually around 30 – 34 minutes for the best players on any given night.

    Despite the fact the C's have one of the youngest teams in the league, this strategy is true genius. As the season wears on and as this team continues to gel, the C's will be able to sprint by 1) some of the higher expectation teams during fourth quarters of tight games, and 2) teams that tend to play their best players 37 – 42 minutes per game.

  • skeeds

    85-50 …. Man, how fun is this team to watch?!?

    Brad Stevens is doing some serious work with these guys. His playcalling is impecable and extremely balanced. Being able to consistently get 10 points out of 6 different players, not 35 out of your superstar, that is a sign of a great coach.
    Ainge already made the move that'll move this franchise forward.

  • The Cardinal

    Just an ol' fashion butt whuppin' by the future number 4 seed in the East!

  • hax

    WOW. Walked into MSG and embarass the Knicks. This is hilarious how we are just running away with the division this early in the season. I hope this chemistry keeps up when Rondo returns, just wow.