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Celtics (9-12) at Knicks (5-13) Game #22 12/8
« on: December 07, 2013, 10:15:08 PM »

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Boston Celtics (9-12) at New York Knicks (5-13)
Sunday, December 8, 2013
12:00 PM ET
Regular Season Game #22 – Road Game #12
TV: CSNNE MSG, NBA-LP 751(DTV),751/752(xfinity)
Radio: WZLX 110.7, ESPN NY 98.7
Madison Square Garden




Probable Starters

PG:Jordan Crawford..................................... SG:Avery Bradley

C:Jared Sullinger

SF:Jeff Green ........................................... PF:Brandon Bass
Celtics Reserves
MarShon Brooks
Kris Humphries
Vitor Faverani
Phil Pressey
Gerald Wallace
Keith Bogans
Courtney Lee

Injuries
Rajon Rondo (ACL)out
Kelly Olynyk (ankle) out




Probable Starters

PG:Iman Shumpert.......................................... SG:Raymond Felton

C:Andrea Bargnani

SF:Carmelo Anthony ..................................PF:Kenyon Martin

Knicks Reserves

Chris Smith
Amar'e Stoudemire
Tim Hardaway,Jr
JR Smith
Pablo Prigioni
Beno Udrih
Toure' Murry
Cole Aldrich
Metta World Peace

Injuries

Tyson Chandler (fibula) out

Game Notes
The Celtics travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the Knicks for the first of four meetings this season.  The Knicks took the Atlantic Division crown last season but are currently in 4th in the division just half a game ahead of the last place Nets.  It was also the Knicks who eliminated the Celtics from the first round of the playoffs last season.

Both teams come into this game on a two game win streak.  The Celtics are 5-5 in their last 10 games while the Knicks are 2-8 in their last 10.  The Celtics are 4-7 on the road and the Knicks are 2-7 at home.  The Knicks consecutive wins came after nine straight losses.  The Celtics have won 5 of their last 7 games after a 6 game losing streak. 

While the rivalry will have lost a bit without KG and Paul Pierce, they are still the Celtics rivals for the division.  The Celtics also need to take the Knicks seriously in spite of their 5-13 record as they still have stars on the team and are coming off their two best games of the season. 

Key Matchups

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Jeff Green vs Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo is averaging 25.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game and is a tough cover for any player.  Jeff Green needs to make Carmelo work on the defensive end and he needs to stay with Melo on defense and make him work for every shot.  Granted he won't be able to get under Melo's skin like KG used to, but he can defend and make him work.

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Jared Sullinger vs Andrea Bargnani
Bargnani is averaging 15.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game and needs to be defended all the way out to the 3 point line.   Bargnani has a height advantage over Sully, but Sully has a strength advantage.  This one will be interesting to watch. 

Keys to the Game
Defense - The Celtics need to especially defend the 3 point line as the Knicks have shot 33-61 in their last 2 games.  They have several very good shooters from beyond the arc and the Celtics need to make sure they don't give up open looks from the outside. 

Rebound - The Celtics need to rebound as a team in order to keep the Knicks from getting second chance points.  Much of rebounding is effort and desire and when the Celtics show both on the boards, it usually transfers the rest of their game.

Run!
- The Celtics need to run at every opportunity.  They have young legs and energy on their side and they need to use it to their advantage.   If they can beat the defense down the court, they will get some easy shots.

Take the Ball Inside
- The Celtics need to try to get the ball inside and not settle for outside shots all game, especially if their shots aren't falling.  Taking the ball into the paint will usually either give them an easy shot or draw a foul. 

Don't Over Dribble
- The Celtics are at their best when they are moving the ball and not just dribbling out the clock.  They need to share the ball and move it without a lot of dribbling. 

X-Factors

On the Road and 3-Pointers
The Celtics are on the road and even though it's not a long trip, there will be a hostile crowd.  The Celtics can't let the crowd bother them.   The Knicks can kill you with 3 pointers if they are allowed to get going and gain confidence in them.  The Celtics must stop they beyond the arc. 



Re: Celtics (9-12) at Knicks (5-13) Game #22 12/8
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2013, 10:32:07 PM »

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go Celtics ;D

Re: Celtics (9-12) at Knicks (5-13) Game #22 12/8
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2013, 10:42:35 PM »

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Bass on Melo. He pushed him around in the playoffs last season.

Re: Celtics (9-12) at Knicks (5-13) Game #22 12/8
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2013, 11:03:38 PM »

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BOLD PREDICTIONS

Jeff Green 32 points 3 blocks
Brandon Bass 13 points 8 rebounds
Jared Sullinger 21 points 17 rebounds 4 assists
Jordan Crawford 17 points 9 assists
Avery Bradley 20 points 3 steals

Final Score Celtics 120 Knicks 98

I predict a blowout.

Re: Celtics (9-12) at Knicks (5-13) Game #22 12/8
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2013, 12:38:07 AM »

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BOLD PREDICTIONS

Jeff Green 32 points 3 blocks
Brandon Bass 13 points 8 rebounds
Jared Sullinger 21 points 17 rebounds 4 assists
Jordan Crawford 17 points 9 assists
Avery Bradley 20 points 3 steals

Final Score Celtics 120 Knicks 98

I predict a blowout.

Now this is a prediction I can get behind.  ;D tp

Re: Celtics (9-12) at Knicks (5-13) Game #22 12/8
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2013, 03:34:05 AM »

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The C's must play all 12 quarters of these next three games against the Knicks, Nets and Clippers and if they do I'm pretty sure you will find the "tanker boys" in the rafters looking for a window to jump out of!!!

Re: Celtics (9-12) at Knicks (5-13) Game #22 12/8
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2013, 08:04:26 AM »

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Won't be able to watch this, it will be 1am here :(
hope when I can see a good win tom, Sully dominating their bigs and as usual our Crawfish dishing out double digit assists will be an icing to the cake ;)
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Re: Celtics (9-12) at Knicks (5-13) Game #22 12/8
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2013, 08:21:04 AM »

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Won't be able to watch this, it will be 1am here :(
hope when I can see a good win tom, Sully dominating their bigs and as usual our Crawfish dishing out double digit assists will be an icing to the cake ;)
I'll be pulling an all-nighter for this game :)

Re: Celtics (9-12) at Knicks (5-13) Game #22 12/8
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2013, 09:55:27 AM »

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Re: Celtics (9-12) at Knicks (5-13) Game #22 12/8
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2013, 10:06:30 AM »

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This should be a good game for Sullinger- at list on offense.
i am not sure how he will defend bargnani.

Re: Celtics (9-12) at Knicks (5-13) Game #22 12/8
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2013, 10:18:13 AM »

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Ah yes Bold Predictions time: Sully for 10 OREBs,  Wallace to put Melo on a poster, and Pressey for a double double.
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Re: Celtics (9-12) at Knicks (5-13) Game #22 12/8
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2013, 12:18:00 PM »

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Knicks with really poor ball movement.  Melo stopping the ball as usual.

Re: Celtics (9-12) at Knicks (5-13) Game #22 12/8
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2013, 12:19:24 PM »

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Omg Knicks are hard to watch  ;D ;D ;D

Re: Celtics (9-12) at Knicks (5-13) Game #22 12/8
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2013, 12:20:28 PM »

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Man, Bass sure knows how to guard Carmelo!

Re: Celtics (9-12) at Knicks (5-13) Game #22 12/8
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2013, 12:22:05 PM »

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Wow, the Knicks honestly expect us to trade Rondo to them for scrubs because they think they are a contender?

 

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