Knicks VS. Celtics 1/24 : TNT ( Pre Game & Game Thread)
Everyone knows the spotlight will be on Carmelo and Kevin Garnett at the TD Garden. Things got physical as expected in the first meeting of the year between the Knicks and the Celtics. The Knicks want that title now, but Anthony and his teammates were reminded how tough the Celtics can make it.
Anthony had 20 points but shot 6 of 26 while battling his temper, Garnett and foul trouble.
Garnett denied the postgame altercation.
"Listen, heat of the battle, man. Guys go back and forth. He's trying to get his team to go, I'm trying to get my team to go, both teams are colliding, not to mention that it's the Knicks and the Celtics," Garnett said. "Just what it is, man."
J.R. Smith led the Knicks with 24 points. Tyson Chandler had 13 points and 17 rebounds.
"I didn't know what was going on at that point in time," Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire said. "It's strictly basketball. We have to keep it on the basketball court and make sure we come to play every night. Boston will definitely bring the intensity and aggressive play. We got to be able to match that.
The 2013 NBA All-Star Game should feature a batch of fresh faces ready to show the world that they're for real
Chandler leads the league with an insane 70.3 field-goal percentage. Improving with age, he is now one of the game's elite scorers working off the pick-and-roll.
He has also mastered the catch-and-dunk to such perfection that the MSG Network's crew formulated the nickname "Lob Gotham City." Ever since the Knicks signed him prior to the 2011 season, he has been the hero New York deserves.
With his All-Star-caliber play, Smith has become the New York Knicks' co-MVP.
Smith has always been one of the most mercurial players in the NBA. For every great performance came another one in which you were left wondering why Smith was even granted the opportunity to play.
At the age of 27, however, it appears as if Smith has finally put it all together.
White was approached by union officials last week about the dunk competition. The union has more influence in the Saturday night skill competitions in the new format in which the conferences compete against each other. A team captain will be chosen for the East and West and make the final call on participants.
This is what he does. He catches from far away. He shoots from far away. Sometimes he doesn't even look at the rim. He's literally programmed with rim radar. With nobody defending, I'll take Steve Novak as my pick to win the 2013 NBA Three-Point Shootout.
KEY TO THE GAME
With the focus on KG tonight look for P Double to have a great night. He stuggled in their last game vs the Cavs. Hate him or Love him Paul Peirce is a big game player especially after a not so good game. Who ever is on PP needs to run him off the 3 point line and not fall for the pump fake to get you in the air and him at the charity stripe
TONIGHT'S STARTING 5
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The Celtics are not playing well right now, thereís no real hunger or a sense of urgency in their play. The only people I would worry about are Paul and Rondo. They play well in big games and seem to love beating the Knicks. I expect a very physical game because Knicks need the win, plus they will look weak and dysfunctional if they lose to the struggling Celtics now. Iím thinking Boston will catch second wind towards the end of the season, but right now the Knicks have the advantage and should pwn them thoroughly in this game. Donít be surprised if some technicals are dished out in this game. Hopefully Melo is well fed this time around; perhaps he should play like a cereal killer and devour the beef once and for all. Old Homestead co-owner Greg Sherry with his porterhouse-Honey Nut-Bordelaise creation, inspired by Carmelo Anthony-Kevin Garnett feud.