Boston Celtics: Takeaways From Win Over Knicks


The Boston Celtics continued their strong play with a 100-91 win over the New York Knicks.

With their win over the New York Knicks, the Boston Celtics accomplished something they haven’t done at all this season. The Celtics extended their winning streak a season-high four games after defeating the Knicks 100-91. Currently the team holds onto the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference after slipping out of the playoff picture during a three-game losing streak nearly two weeks ago.

Here are a few takeaways from Sunday night’s win:

Stifling Defense

The Celtics held the Knicks to 37.1% from the field and 21.1% (4-19) from three. Boston completely overwhelmed New York with their defense and finished the game with a 91.4 defensive rating. Boston established a strong defensive presence, holding the Knicks to 32.7% from the field in the first half.

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Two Way Jae

Jae Crowder did an excellent job on both ends of the court in Sunday night’s game. Crowder’s defense on New York’s star forward Carmelo Anthony was nothing but intense.

Though Anthony scored 29 points he did so on 26 shots, while posting a mediocre field goal percentage (42.3%). On offense Crowder scored 18 points and shot 3/5 from behind the arc, which marked the 15th time he has made two or more 3-pointers. Crowder made two or more 3-pointers in 12 games during the entire 2014-2015 season.

Tough Stretch Continues for Sullinger

Jared Sullinger’s poor shooting during December continued in Sunday’s game against the Knicks. Sullinger finished 1/9 from the field and saw his field goal percentage for the month dip to 35.1%. Sully can’t buy a bucket right now and he’s visibly frustrated with himself. He’s getting great looks and working his tail off on the offensive boards to tip the ball in. Sooner or later the shots will fall.

The Return of Smart

Marcus Smart returned to action for the first time since 11/20 and had a solid performance in his first game in over a month. Smart scored six points on 2/6 from the field and 1/2 from three in 13 minutes. He made his first shot (a floater), got fouled, and converted on the three-point play.

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Next Up

The Celtics have two days off before they face the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday in Kobe Bryant’s last game in Boston. After that the Celtics will take on the Brooklyn Nets on Friday in Boston and Monday in Brooklyn. The Lakers and Nets have a combined record of 13-48.