It’s almost time to get the brooms out.
In the first game for the Celtics in Boston since the Marathon bombings, there was bound to be a lot of emotion from the crowd. However, a packed house and emotional fanbase wasn’t enough for the Boston Celtics, as they fell to the New York Knicks 90-76.
The Celtics shot poorly for the game but surprisingly was in the game. And to explain, they trailed by a range of 18-nine points. They were not quite blown out but they were never close enough to make any excitement from it all.
Knicks led for most of the game, as I said, and they didn’t really get a strong hold of the game until a brief burst in the last two minutes of the second quarter, where they turned an eight point game into an 18 point game and went into the half up 16. Celtics managed to bring it to single digits a few times but just couldn’t get over the hump. Carmelo Anthony was hitting tough shots all night. He does a lot of back down, then quick fade-a-way shots.
While ESPN did show a fan, who appeared to be an young adult, sleeping during the 4th quarter, the game was not without a little drama. J.R. Smith was called for a flagrant foul two, which is an automatic ejection. It happened while he had Jason Terry guarding him. Smith swung his elbow in Terry’s face and made contact. Now, Terry was indeed hit but he did a slight flop to try and sell it too. Now I don’t think he’ll get fined for it, but you can only imagine what would happen if there was no foul called and he did the flop. Would we ignore it altogether? Probably.
The question becomes: Is this a sweep? Now, for me, I thought the Celtics would win tonight. I really did. I can’t imagine them being swept but consider this: They are shooting less than 40% in the first three games. They have not scored more than 78 points all series. This, right now, is a team that can’t score and I don’t see that changing in the fourth game. Now, the possible wild card here is that Smith gets suspended for at least game four. In that case, more of the offensive load would fall on Carmelo. Can he handle that? If the Celtics’ defense can keep him at bay, they might have a chance.
In the NBA, teams that fall 0-3 in a best of seven game series have never won the series. The record is 0-103. And that will continue here. It’s just a matter of either game four, five, six, or, in a few cases, seven.
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