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Knicks continue to dominate Celtics, take a 3-0 series lead

Apr 26, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

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The Celtics are doing everything they can to compete in these playoffs, but the results haven’t been there, for a variety of reasons. Playing in Boston for the first time since the tragic Marathon bombings, there wasn’t a lack of inspiration or emotion for the Celtics heading into Game 3.

As has been the case the entire series, it’s simply about a lack of talent.

Boston continued to struggle offensively, and behind a game high 26 points from Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks got the 90-76 victory to give them a 3-0 lead in the best of seven series.

New York can (and likely will) sweep Boston out of the playoffs in Game 4 on Sunday.

The Celtics haven’t been able to get anything going offensively in this series, and nothing changed once the series shifted to Boston. The Celtics averaged a dismal 24 points in the second halves of Games 1 and 2, and didn’t do much better by putting up just 31 points in the first half of this one.

The Knicks have been known for their three-point shooting all year long, and led the league in three-pointers made per game for the season. They were able to get plenty of clean looks in this one, and knocked down 11-27 from three-point distance, good for 40.7 percent.

It isn’t as if the Celtics weren’t contesting those shots; on many possessions, they were. But often times Boston tried to double Anthony when he got the ball in midrange distance, and the Knicks time and again made the smart basketball play by moving the ball to the open shooters.

Even when the Celtics ran out to contest shots from beyond the arc, the Knicks either waited for the defender to fly by before calmly taking the open shot, or put the ball on the floor to get easier, uncontested looks inside.

New York is tough to beat by anyone when they’re patient offensively, but facing a Celtics team that struggles to score much at all, it simply isn’t much of a challenge.

Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith finished with 15 points apiece, and Pablo Prigioni knocked down three three-pointers and was extremely active defensively in coming up with five steals.

The Celtics were led by Jeff Green and Paul Pierce, who finished with 21 and 17 points respectively, and Kevin Garnett did the work on the boards, finishing with 17 rebounds.

The lack of point guards who can distribute the ball for Boston to get the team easy baskets has been a glaring weakness in this series, and while the Celtics’ defense has been good enough to slow the Knicks at times, these anemic offensive efforts wouldn’t be good enough to beat anyone, least of all the team that has been the second best in the East all season long.

  1. highpowered350 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Ball Don’t Lie !!!

    Not just soft #BostonSoft

    • andrewproughcfe - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Bit early to be mocking their response to terrorism, don’t you think? Thumbs down.

      Besides, if you were watching the games at all, you would know it’s not lack of effort – or “softness” – that is hurting the Celtics. Like Brett said, it’s just a lack of talent. Just not getting the biscuit in the basket on the offensive end.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:37 AM

        Nope. And with that hack Simmons still making backhand comments, and this being sports, definitely not “too soon”.

    • drewzducks - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      For fans of a team who has been a perennial embarrassment for nearly 40 years you Nics fans sure talk a lot of trash. Though I guess a playoff series win is cause for celebration these days that doesn’t know anything about winning NBA titles. 90% of you clowns probably weren’t even alive when they won in ’73. At least these soft old geezers took the Heat to 7 games in the conference Finals. Nics will throw a parade if they manage to win 2. Talk about amateur hour.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:15 AM

      how the heck is Melo and the Knickerbockers doing this without
      Jeremy Lin, this is awesome.

      a lot of experts said the Knickerbockers will win in 7 games.

    • spthegr8 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      @High
      LMAO!!!!

      • gopherz - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        woweeeeeeeeee;

  2. eboneseagles - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    The celtics are a joke, I wish they’d take them out and put the Wizards in for game 4. Maybe it’d be somewhat competitive. How could anyone expect them to have any chance against the well oiled machine that is the knicks. They have no point guard, no bench and no big men aside from KG. Pathetic team with a pathetic effort.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Like I said.

    “No.”

  4. saint1997 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    I’m surprise Iman Shumpert isn’t getting praised and placed under the title of “upcoming star” more. We hear about guys like Bledsoe and Favors that are going to have ‘breakout’ campaigns next year; look for Shump to solidify his place as an up and coming All Star

    • badintent - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      smart hoop fans know that Shum brings big time D every night. His O game is a work in progress but he getting minutes in playoff. He’s learning from a HOF, KIdd. .And the Coach of the Year in Woodsen.

      I get that the Cs had major injuries late in the season but for all the folks that said the Knicks were too old, too slow, too soft,”……………………………………………………………….

      B-A-L-L don’t L-I-E

  5. bux1022 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Like taking candy from a baby! Broomsticks!

  6. nashernation - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Ray and Melo were locked in last night. Felton is going to be the xfactor in this playoff push.

  7. kjereld615 - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Its a damn shame how injuries can just ruin playoff games. Had the Celtics not lost all the players they lost this would have been a much more exciting and competitive game, much like the Spurs and Lakers series. If the Lakers were healthy then that would be an amazing series as well. It’s sad that inures has just destroyed two of arguably the greatest franchises in basketball this season. If you were to tell me five years ago that both the Lakers and Celtics would be down 3-0 and were in jeopardy of being swept in the first round, I’d slap you silly. Just crazy how much can change from 2008 to now.

  8. mungman69 - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Both the Celtics and Lakers are old. Old players get hurt more and are out longer. That’s just the way it is. Unless Dwayne Wade can’t play it’s Miami all the way.

    • badintent - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      Knicks are the oldest team in the NBA.Guess that fact kills your theory.Knicks toook 3 of 4 this season from Heat. what else ya got ? an old Hardaway jersey with mildew. ? He couldn’t beat Knicks in playoffs either. Next.

  9. yousuxxors - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    I haven’t seen the Knicks play like in a long time. have fun doubling melo the entire playoffs.

  10. yousuxxors - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    chandler is shaking off the rust and playing nasty. martin is playing great. shump is back in his groove. felton is tearing defenses up. when they play like that they are unbeatable.

  11. doublezero74 - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Yes the knock are better this year. There can be no doubt. But before you get all chesty on how bad the celtics are consider who they typically have on the floor that isn’t there. All star point guard, back up point guard and our starting PF. that’s a lot for any team to absorb. So yes, enjoy your first playoff series win in over a decade but a full strength celtics team would beat your ass

  12. mgp1219 - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    now i’m just waiting for celtics fans to start blaming the refs

    • andyhr17 - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      That’s because you;re an idiot.

  13. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Yis gadsl, v’ yis kaddash, sh’mei rabbah

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Getting nervous 72?

  14. psung26 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    NY fans must’ve been really starved and warped for them to be THIS happy over a 1st round matchup win over an old, injury plagued Celtics team.

    It’s a 2 seed against a 7 seed.

    Lets act like you’ve been there before. O wait, I guess for a lot of NY fans, they haven’t…….

    • hercstar - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Its this thing that franchises older than 6 months old have. Its called a “rivalry.” It happens when the fans and players of one city and its team really dislike the fans and players of their opponent. Apparently you live in one of those other, lesser sports town. That is ok! Nobody’s perfect. :p

      • psung26 - May 19, 2013 at 8:48 PM

        Hm… a “rivalry” with the Celtics you say? I’m not sure what one of those are… I’ve only been a lifelong fan of the Lakers but one of these “rivalries” with the Celtics sound intriguing. I’m not “perfect” but I live in LA which is one the greater sports towns and the best bball town. That is ok? :p

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      We’re not as “happy” as you are ardent in going to bed praying that they get eliminated before the ECF.

      • psung26 - May 19, 2013 at 8:50 PM

        You must be from NY because you seem to think everyone even outside of NY thinks about NY and obsesses over NY sports. Never went to bed praying NY gets eliminated before the ECF, but looks like it happened anyways :)

  15. dysraw1 - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    the C’s kinda mailed it in early last nite, its almost like they quit on Doc.

  16. scalfor3 - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Remember when people said the Celtics would be better off without Rondo? Looks even more stupid now than it did then.

  17. jbeagles23 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Keep beating your chest knick fans. It’s round one. You’ll e lucky to get out of round 2 and if you make it to round 3 you might as well not show up

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