April 2, 2013
The New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics at the MSG
The Celtics have to improve their game if they hope to make it into the playoffs.
By Stephen Lars
There was no doubt about it, for the second time this week, the Boston Celtics lost to the New York Knicks. The Knicks dominated from the start on Tuesday as the Knicks took a 100-85 win over the Celtics on the Boston Garden. Then, on Sunday night, they hosted the Celtics at the Madison Square Garden and not much else was going to change. Paul Pierce guided the Celtics efforts with 24 points and 15 rebounds, but that was not going to be enough to slow down the streaking Knicks who took a 108-89 win at home. It was that sort of brilliant game by New York that might give them the motivational boost they need to face the Miami Heat at South Beach on Tuesday.
There was no doubt about it, for the second time this week, the Boston Celtics lost to the New York Knicks.
They Knicks have certainly ended the long-standing dominance the Celtics have had over the Atlantic Division and they have swept their arch-rival for the season. It’s a big deal for New York as this is the first time since 2003-04 season that the Knicks win the series against Boston. Carmelo Anthony guided the home team’s efforts with 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Knicks extended their winning streak to eight games. At 46-26 for the season, the New York now looking forward to reaching another milestone: finish the regular season winning at least 50 games. "It's very doable for us and we have something to look forward to," Anthony said in the postgame press conference. "Fifty wins is always a great thing in this league to accomplish, winning a division is always a great thing to accomplish, a great accomplishment in this league. So them two things are definitely doable, we've just got to keep it moving, keep it going."
But it was not all about Carmelo Anthony for the Knicks. Although he wasn’t as effective as in his two previous matchups, New York’s best sixth man, J.R. Smith finished the night 15 points and 12 rebounds. A nice double-double but certainly far away from his with 30 points off the bench performance he had in his previous three games. For the Celtics, however, it was going to be up to Pierce and Jeff Green to try to get this game around. Green ended up the night with 27 points, but they certainly missed Kevin Garnett down the stretch. "We just didn't close out to their shooters," Pierce said to the press as he walked out of the locker room after their loss at the Garden. "We pretty much gave them everything they wanted. We opened up their shooters, we opened up their drives (and) we fouled them too much. I don't even know how to explain it. They just beat us to the punch."
The Celtics are now in the edge of elimination. They could loss this one. Not only is the division out of reach for the Boston Celtics, who had managed to win each Division title since Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined Paul Pierce in the Celtics in the summer of 2007. Neither Tyson Chandler of the Knicks nor Kevin Garnett of the Celtics went to the trouble of getting into uniform as both are resting their individual injuries.
Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.