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Celtics take care of business against unprofessional Knicks, force a Game 6 back in Boston

May 1, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

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The Knicks looked every bit like the second best team in the East that they were all season in getting out to a three games to none series lead against the Celtics, winning those games by 14, 16, and 17 points.

Maybe the success came too soon, and too easily.

After dropping Game 4 in Boston without a suspended J.R. Smith, the Knicks figured to close out the series at home on Wednesday. But their approach was less than professional in the days and hours leading up to Game 5, and that likely played a part in the Celtics getting the 92-86 victory to unexpectedly send the series back to Boston for a sixth game.

At Tuesday’s practice, J.R. Smith said that the series would have been over had he been available to play in Game 4. Kenyon Martin was equally cavalier heading into this one, and said that his guys should “wear black” because those are “funeral colors.”

Some Knicks players, including Smith and Iman Shumpert, did indeed dress in all black attire for their game night arrival to the arena.

There’s nothing wrong with trash talk or confidence, obviously, and it adds some additional entertainment value, especially in the playoffs. But the Knicks are not exactly a franchise steeped in recent tradition of playoff success. They won their first playoff game in 11 years last season in a five game first round loss to the Heat, and haven’t won a postseason series since 2000.

Smith started off 0-10 from the field, and the Knicks as a team finished 5-of-22 from three-point distance, an area where they were among the best in the league during the regular season. By contrast, the Celtics hit 11 of their 22 attempts from beyond the arc, with Jason Terry and Paul Pierce combining for nine of those, and Jeff Green hitting two huge ones down the stretch as the Knicks were battling back into it.

The Celtics wanted this game more than the Knicks, and it showed on the court. They played Pierce and Kevin Garnett heavier minutes than usual, and Boston was aggressive early in getting both Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin into first half foul trouble.

Offensively, the Celtics did much better, getting five of the players in their short seven man rotation to score at least 16 points each. But as is always the case with this team, the key run that won the game came on the strength of its defense.

With Boston clinging to a six point lead with just over three minutes remaining in the third, the Knicks were unable to find the basket. New York didn’t score for the next 6:17 of game time, and by then the Celtics had built their lead to 15 points.

The Knicks extended their defense and finally started hitting some shots, but it was too late. They got as close as five points  with 1:05 remaining, but a ridiculously tough jumper from Garnett with Chandler all over him defensively found the bottom of the net, and effectively sealed the win for the Celtics.

New York won’t have many games where Carmelo Anthony and Smith combine to shoot 11-of-38 from the field, and are still the favorites to win the series over this depleted Celtics team. But they’ll need to have the right mindset the rest of the way in order to get that accomplished.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 2, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    Yo CB13 & Wright. I’m with you. It’s sooooooo pathetic how fans of a team other than the two involved involved in the game this article is about would stay up late and wake up early just so they can make comments about a team they”re not even a fan of.

    • cantonbound13 - May 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM

      I don’t mind the trash talking, I’m not sensitive like most of you bandwagoners. But make it entertaining or worth reading. This comment by you was good, for once.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 2, 2013 at 7:21 AM

        Thanks bro. At least you’re here win or lose. I guess the refs stole Mr. Wright’s ipad

      • brutl - May 2, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        You’ve always been a NY fan, CB? I thought you were Ohio proud, but I guess you mean Canton, NY population 6,000. No wonder you seem so bored

      • cantonbound13 - May 5, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        I’ve been a Knick fan my whole life & never spent a minute in Ohio buddy.

    • cantonbound13 - May 2, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      I will always stick by my teams in good & bad. I still was a fan through the disastrous Isaiah Thomas years. I remember seeing a lot of empty yellow seats in the AAA prior to Wade being drafted. I know the Heat are the favorites to win it all, but I’m confident my team will put up a good fight. The trash talking just makes it more interesting.

  2. supremekingz - May 2, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    I return…. To eat my crow. Yes, I was wrong. The C’s won this game.

  3. jbeagles23 - May 2, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    I don’t think wade and lebron have ever combined to go 11 of 100 from the floor. Carmelo had a hot streak at the end of te year and got all the knick fans hyped. Now he’s back to his no jump shot self

  4. halfbaht - May 2, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Boston will take care of business again at home in the TD garden and take it to game 7. This the bulls v nets and the clippers v grizzlies series have been exciting playoff ball!

  5. broadstbully - May 2, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    @halfbaht,

    Don’t forget Houston-OKC.

  6. edwardemanuelson - May 2, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Did anyone really expect the ex-Denver Nuggets / Knicks to being the right attitude when it was really time to get down to business?

    Act like you’ve been there before.

  7. ironyisadeadscene - May 2, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    I’m a Celts fan but this is unprofessional. Jordan Crawford needs to go.

  8. allball23 - May 2, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    The knicks need to stop taking Boston for granted, team has heart and will not go away quietly no trash talk and show up ready to play tomorrow or they might be the first team to lose when up 3-0.

  9. mungman69 - May 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Don’t be surprised when the Knicks win game 6. Miami can’t be beaten.

    • lakerluver - May 2, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Can’t be beat until they face the West.

    • hehateme2 - May 2, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      The knicks remind me a lot of the jets. ALL talk no action.

  10. canehouse - May 2, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    cantonbound… Keep talking… U sound dumber by the syllable. Your team is full of “me” guys… Chuckers. Melo ur star and leader of the circus is avg. 1.2 assists a game… He has chucked up 149 shots! Laughable!

  11. daniel10017 - May 2, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Calling Phil Jackson, Calling Phil Jackson. That will ring loud if the Knicks choke this series.

  12. azarkhan - May 2, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    The Knicks reminded me of the Houston Texans wearing letterman jackets to the stadium when they played the Patriots in New England last winter. The Texans lost 42-14. Arrogance never pays.

  13. lakerluver - May 2, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Wearing all black was dumb and classless.

  14. MyTeamsAllStink - May 2, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    LaLa still tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios

  15. dysraw1 - May 2, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    there’s no excuse for our performance last night and taking the C’s or any other playoff team lightly is no doubt a big mistake now what will be the encore, remains to be seen

  16. lemfaxx - May 2, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    History coming on sunday…

  17. lemfaxx - May 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    History coming on sunday….

    • money2long - May 2, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      duplicate comment…or ‘history’ repeating itself ? hm

  18. leothelyon - May 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Next thing will see soon, Collins retiring to join the cheerleaders. Now, who wants to see that?

    Blahhhh right into the toilet!

    Seriously folks, who’s watching the Celtics?

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