7:00 PM ET, April 19, 2011
TD Garden, Boston, MA
Coverage: TNT, MSG
Boston Celtics - 1 New York Knicks - 0 Best of 7 series
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Chauncey Billups was selected by Boston in the first round (third overall) of the 1997 NBA Draft.
Billups also teamed up with Celtics forward Kevin Garnett for two seasons in Minnesota (2000-02)…
Celtics head coach Doc Rivers played three seasons for New York from 1992-95, averaging 7.7 points and 5.1 assists in 99 regular-season games and 10.2 points in 15 playoff games…
Amar’e Stoudemire and Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal were teammates in Phoenix for parts of two seasons (2007-09). Mike D’Antoni, Phil Weber and Dan D’Antoni coached the duo during the 2007-08 season….
Knicks assistant coach Kenny Atkinson (1986-90) and Celtics assistant coach Kevin Eastman (1973-77) played their college ball at the University of Richmond. Both served as team captains and rank in the top-10 in school history in assists
Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams was tutored by then Mavs assistant and now Celtics assistant coach Clifford Ray in Dallas from 1988-92…
Donnie Walsh acquired Celtics forward Jermaine O’Neal for the Pacers in a trade from the Portland Trailblazers on Aug. 31, 2000. O’Neal, who was traded in exchange for Dale Davis and Joe Kleine, spent eight seasons with the Pacers and Walsh…
Celtics guard Von Wafer played for Knicks Summer League team in 2008…
Celtics assistant coach Armond Hill was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School….
Shelden Williams played for Boston last season…. Shelden Williams’ Duke Blue Devils was eliminated in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament by Glen Davis’ LSU Tigers….
Ronny Turiaf made his first career postseason start (27th playoff game), playing a playoff career high 29 minutes, scoring nine points and posting five rebounds and playoff career high tying four blocks
Toney Douglas, Fields and Shawne Williams made their postseason debuts
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There's much more at stake now.
In only his third season, Douglas said he's prepared if, as expected, Billups, the 13-year veteran point guard, misses Tuesday night's Game 2 of the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]' first-round playoff series with the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] with a sore left knee.
Billups is "very questionable," coach Mike D'Antoni said Monday.
If he is out, it will be up to Douglas to direct an offense led by [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
"I'm ready," Douglas said Monday. "The hardest part is getting my body ready for that situation."
Billups was hurt late in Boston's 87-85 victory Sunday night when his leg "buckled on me." He limped off the court with 51 seconds left and didn't return.
"It's really sore" he said after watching practice in street clothes. "At this point in the season, this is the worst thing that could possibly happen, getting hurt in the first game of a tough series. I know my team needs me and it's just frustrating."
D'Antoni said it's much more likely that Billups will play at home Friday in Game 3 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers sees a possible trap for his team if Billups is sidelined.
"If you take someone lightly in the playoffs, then shame on you," he said. "Douglas has had a terrific year. (The Knicks) went on a winning streak when Douglas was playing and Chauncey was out. But I don't think that'll affect the way we approach the game. We just have to worry about us."
Douglas averaged 16.8 points and 6.8 assists in the six games Billups missed with a left thigh bruise from March 2-10. The Knicks split the first two then won three straight before losing again.
But Douglas had never played a postseason game until Sunday. He finished with eight points and two assists in 25 minutes, but made a 3-pointer that gave sixth-seeded New York an 85-82 lead with 38 seconds remaining.
"We have confidence in him," Stoudemire said. "I feel like that big shot gave him confidence."
An alley-oop basket by [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] with 37 seconds left made it 85-84 before Anthony was called for an offensive foul with 20 seconds to go as he jockeyed for position with [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 12 seconds to play after Garnett stuck out his right leg and tripped Douglas -- laying him flat out on the court -- as Douglas tried to guard Allen.
There was no whistle, only the loud cheers of the home crowd.
"Allen made a tough shot. Tony got knocked down," D'Antoni said. "Sometimes at the end of games they let it go. It'd be nice if they called it on 'Melo that they call it at the other end also."
The third-seeded Celtics will also be missing a starter, but that was expected. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] sat out the last six regular-season games and the first playoff game with a left calf injury after playing just one of the previous 28 with a sore left leg.
"He's got a different brace now and we've got two (days off) after Game 2 that he can practice, hopefully," Rivers said. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] had a big game in his place in Game 1 with 12 points on 6-for-6 shooting and four blocks in 22 minutes. He missed much of the season with a knee injury.
Until Garnett denied him the ball late in the game, Stoudemire hurt the Celtics with long jumpers and powerful dunks. But Anthony struggled to shake Boston's tight defense.
He was whistled for two quick fouls and sat out the last 10:32 of the first quarter. He scored his first 12 points in the second quarter but just three in the second half when he missed 10 of 11 shots, including a 3-pointer with 2 seconds to go.
"I couldn't buy a bucket last night, especially in the second half," he said. "Shots were going in and out. Shots were short. But I know I can make those shots. They're the same shots I would take over and over."
D'Antoni joked about what it might take for Anthony to get untracked.
"Just maybe get Pierce off him," he said. "He's fine. I'll be surprised if it happens twice."
Unlike the Knicks, the Celtics will have their starting point guard. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] had 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the opener. Douglas, quicker than Billups, might do a better job on him.
"We have to be even more focused," Pierce said. "We haven't done a good job when star players sit throughout the course of the season. I don't know if we've taken it for granted or taken them too lightly when they're missing a player, thinking the team wouldn't play as hard, but we've lost quite a few games with other teams' stars missing."
Still, the loss of Billups would leave the Knicks thin at that position.
"It'll affect us big time," said Anthony, who came to the Knicks with Billups on Feb. 22 in a trade with Denver. "We're losing one of our soldiers, one of our leaders. At the same time, it's go time, it's playoff time. We've got guys that have to step up."
W-L42-4056-26Avg Points106.596.5Avg Points Allowed105.791.1
Chauney Billups is out for Game 2
Shaq is day-to-day
Delonte West is day-to-day
OFFICIAL JPZ PREDICTION
I expect an offensive night after Game 1's defensive heavy night, and of course, the Knicks with a VICTORY!!!
FAVE 5 KEYS TO WINNING
Let Rondo shoot, but don't let him drive to the basket
Get to Amare early and often, he is trustworthy
Stop Allen from shooting too often beyond the arch, force him to drive
Fast breaks.. they will tire out the social security bound Celtics
Don't trust Melo with the last shot yet..
I'll say Melo will have 40 points in Game 2, but we'll win via blowout by like by 26
I just have a feeling the Knicks are going to gameplan to go at Pierce as quickly as possible and try to get him in foul trouble early...meaning Green would get minutes with the starting 5. We'll see.
Pierce WILL have at least on dominant game this series. Melo did to a pretty good job in G1 tho
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JPZ17'sKey matchup Toney Douglas vs Rajon Rondo
Ronny Turiaf C Jermaine O'Neal
Turiaf is decent but really not meant to be a starter. O'Neal played well in game 1 so I give him the advantage
Amare Stoudemire PF Kevin Garnett
Garnett is getting old, and Amare is one of the best players in the game at his position. Nobody can stop Amare..
Carmelo Anthony SF Paul Pierce
You know, it could go complete edge to Pierce just like game 1 but he shouldn't choke like that again. It is time to step it up Melo..
Landry Fields SG Ray Allen
Fields played like crap in game 1, expect him to have a very good game 2 and Allen to finally cool down.
Toney Douglas PG Rajon Rondo
Rondo is one of the best point guards in the game, but he can't shoot very well. Let him shoot the ball and stop him from driving to the basket.
JPZ17's Player Pressure Which Knicks is under the most pressure to succeed????
The answer: Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo needs to get his act together, after giving up Gallinari, Chandler, and Mozgov we need him to play like a superstar.
and now for a Jpz17 debut......
Knicksonline.com Emmy Award
Goes to........ PAUL PIERCE!
For his wonderful performance in the 4th quarter acting his way to an offensive foul on Carmelo.
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