On Wednesday, the Celtics tried to get the Knicks back for a 114-88 punking back in January. Here’s what happened:
Pre-Game Quote Of The Night: “Last time we played them, they really spun us in circles.”
(CelticsHub’s take: Foreshadowing is a powerful literary device.)
First Quarter: New York, in picture form.
Second Quarter: New York, in picture form.
Third Quarter: Boston, rather desperately.
Fourth Quarter: The rest of the game:
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Meanwhile, Pressey did some nice things.
As did Kris Humphries.
MVP: Jeff Green tried to lead Boston back, scoring 27 points including 17 in the third quarter on 6-for-8 shooting. He was aggressive getting to the basket at times, but as Jeff Green’s jumper goes, so goes Jeff Green, and Wednesday was no exception. He knocked down three consecutive jumpshots and appeared sharp, but the Knicks just seemed to have no intention of missing, let alone allowing Boston back into the game.
LVP: Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, who told Abby Chin during a mid-game interview that he is actually a fan of the Miami Heat.
I refuse to deem anyone least valuable when a bad team like the Knicks is that hot from the field. New York was blistering. Boston was defending fine. The Knicks just literally could not miss the basket.
Takeaways: Another day, another loss.
Here’s how narrow Boston’s margin of error is in the win/loss column: By losing that game, the Celtics jumped from 7th-worst to 4th-worst. Fortunately, Boston’s next eight games are against Dallas, Miami, Brooklyn, Toronto (2x), Chicago (2x) and New Orleans. Aside from the Pelicans, every one of those teams is definitively better than Boston, and every one of them still wants to win.
Rest easy: The losses will continue to pile up.
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