I want the Celtics to do anything and their power to improve their draft position. I really do. But there is something about beating the Knicks that will provide some much needed warmth on my walk home from the T.
Maybe it’s because the Knicks beat a really old and really hobbled Celtics team in last season’s playoffs and acted like they “made it.” The Knicks are a very flawed team with a very flawed superstar. There will be no, “making it.”
As for the Celtics, I finally know how teams out of contention feel about dashing the dreams of playoff hopefuls. I used to think that was a bad way to be, but the fan buried deep inside of me is really starting to dig it. It’s still early for dream-dashing but the Knicks are in a bad way in terms of the standings. Things need to turn around soon for them if they hope to climb back into being a serious contender.
Meanwhile, the Celtics are on this amazing ride. Jeff Green, who struggled the entire game finally took the ball from Jordan Crawford and made a game ending And-1. It wasn’t a run-off-the-court-buzzer-beater but it was HUGE and effectively ended the game. That shot prompted Courtney Lee to say of Green, “that’s what stars do in this league. Jeff is an upcoming star. He was struggling all night and came in and hit a huge shot.”
I wouldn’t go so far as to use the words, “upcoming star,” but was definitely a strong, smart move after two jacked threes from Jordan Crawford.
I’ll have full grades later on but you should enjoy this one.