We came out like gang busters in the first half against Boston. Melo played well. STAT was there to support. Turiaf played well. There was an intensity. Throughout the whole game.
Celtics are a championship team. They showed that in 2nd half. We did well in the 3rd to hold it off.
The Knicks seemed to be in new territory in the progress. Which is trust and execution in crunch time. This will come.
Celtics scored on Knick turnovers and ill advised shots. Billiups and Melo did not know what to do. STAT was not involved. Had this been the old team we would have won this game. It would have been similar to when we meat Miami at the Garden. That team knew each other.
Defense was not the issue as it was in past games. Offense execution was terrible. Knicks are spending alot of time practicing defense with no talk of offense and it showed in the 4th. But that what happens when The Knicks...who are clearly in November mode, playing against teams in playoff mode.
Spacing was so bad. TD passing into a crowd. Melo dribbling into a crowd b/c a teammate didnt back off. Those things will work out. It will get better.
D'antoni sub pattern is bad but he is trying to rest STAT b/c playoffs are near.
But let's be clear....there is a danger of completely falling out of the playoffs because Indiana is 4 games behind us. Thats why its imperative to play like this against bad teams because we need that cushion.
NYK ALL DAY AND TOMORROW!!!!