It was a close game. Up until the 4th quarter, the largest lead for both teams was 6. But, the New York Knicks pulled away for the game one win. The Celtics scored only 8 points in the 4th…and also had 8 turnovers in the 4th too. So, you could say the Celtics gave this game away.
You could say Carmelo Anthony did it again (36 points, but he wasn’t all that efficient shooting the basketball (13 for 29). Both teams shot poorly from the floor as the Knicks shot 40.5% and the Celtics 41.5%.
But what’s this? Celtics shot better but lost?
Sure, it’s only one percent, but this can be explained. It was the Knicks and the three-ball that helped them out. Knicks made nine vs the Celtic’s five. That’s a 12-point advantage for the Knicks. Celtics made up for it at the FT line as they had 19 made (and attempted) vs the Knicks’ 12.
So in the end, the Knicks had a five-point advantage there (won by seven). Not to mention that the Knicks made five more field goals than the Celtics.
Can Boston come back and take game 2? I do expect the Celtics to take one on the road so if it’s not game two, it’ll be later on because no I don’t think the Celtics get swept.
Hey, last time the Knicks led a playoff series 1-0 was vs the Toronto Raptors back in 2000. They lost the series though, 3-2. And yes, back then, the first round was a best of five, not the seven of today. You have to imagine that the Knicks will keep shooting the three-ball. If the Celtics can limit the amount made, they will easily have a chance.
They could use more help from Kevin Garnett, as well. He scored just eight points on 4 for 12 shooting.
The play of the game went to J.R. Smith and his big slam in the first quarter. The play before, he tried to get a jam in but it didn’t work out for him and he became frustrated, I noticed. So, the next time down the court, with the help of a couple of screens, he soared to the rim and jammed it home.
I want to be an NBA rim for one game, just to see what it’s like being smacked around like that.
You can re-live it here.
I feel like the Celtics will come back and tie this thing up. Turnovers were the key issue and you know they won’t make the same mistakes again. We’ll see.