Another bad loss for the Boston Celtics last night, losing to the New York Knicks 116-92. The Knicks got off to a hot start, with excellent shooting from Carmelo Anthony, Tim Hardaway Jr. and JR Smith. A good third quarter by the C’s cut into the Knicks lead, but the fourth quarter was all New York, earning them a crucial win in their late-season, playoff run. Rajon Rondo sat out for the Celtics, while Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler were sidelined for the Knicks. Here are some more observations from the Knicks’ blowout victory over the Celtics:
- One night after perhaps his worst performance of the season, Jeff Green bounced back with a decent performance. He scored 27 points on 21 shots, which doesn’t sound like good news, but it is encouraging to see him hog the ball. That is not a trait that is used to describe Green, even in past games without Rondo. However, if there is one player the Celtics need to shoot 21 times with Rondo out, it’s Green.
- I know the Celtics big men struggle, but 12 points and 10 boards for Cole Aldrich is a low point. What makes it so low isn’t just that a career 11th man recorded the double-double, but rather that he did it in just 25 minutes. Aldrich moved a lot for a man his size last night, and that seemed to catch Brandon Bass and Kris Humphries a bit off guard.
- The Celtics had a total of 15 assists last night. Rondo could have gotten that on his own against the Knicks, and I am pretty sure his assists per game average against NY in the last two years is probably close to 15. I am a big Phil Pressey fan, but he needs to work on reading passing lanes and being more productive with his dribble.
- This was a great loss for the Celtics. They have the potential to lose the next five games in a row after this one, which would have made a win against the Knicks a costly one for their tanking efforts. I am also looking forward to watching Gerald Green come back to Boston as a productive NBA player this Friday. What are the odds he gets a video tribute?