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rady
Nov 21, 2018, 15:15
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(4-14) -- (9-8)



Venue
TV
TIME


TD Garden, Boston, MA
MSG
7:30 PM EST





Probable starters:


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Injury Report




New York Knicks
Boston Celtics


Lance Thomas - Left knee surgery (OUT)
Jabari Bird - Personal Reasons (OUT)


Courtney Lee - Extended neck pain (OUT)
Al Horford - Left Knee Soreness (PROB)


Kristaps Porzingis - Left knee (OUT)
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Luke Kornet - G League assignment (OUT)
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Isaiah Hicks - G League assignment (OUT)
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Game Preview

BOSTON -- On paper, a visit by the lowly New York Knicks should be just what the doctor ordered for the struggling Boston Celtics.

But the way things have gone for the Eastern Conference favorites this season, even an appearance by the Knicks (4-14) doesn't mean anything is guaranteed.

After losing at Charlotte on Monday night, the Celtics are 9-8 and have been called "the biggest disappointment" in the NBA by former star turned television commentator Paul Pierce.

They are 3-6 in their last nine games.

"There are a lot of expectations from everyone," Boston's Al Horford said Tuesday. "Maybe when we don't fulfill those guys tend to get down. That's an area where we have to grow as a group. ... We've underperformed. Right now we have to work through it together. It's a different challenge."

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he saw positive things in Monday's 117-112 road loss.

"It's not a matter of 'want to' as it was a matter of simple execution and honing habits," Stevens said. "I was more encouraged by that game. In fact, I thought we probably played better (vs. Charlotte) than we did in the Toronto game (a win).

"There's little things we can clean up. When I watched it again last night it was a step in the right direction, which was encouraging. But, obviously, still not where we want to be."

The Knicks gave the West-leading Portland Trail Blazers all they could handle at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, but dropped their sixth straight game -- largely thanks to missed free throws in the fourth quarter.

"I've been through a lot of losing streaks," New York's Enes Kanter said after the latest loss. "The most important thing is not to fall apart. Stay together and keep fighting. Don't make any excuses. If you're going to lose a game, just make them feel us first."

The Knicks' Tim Hardaway Jr. delivered his third straight 30-point game in the latest loss and has 94 points in the three games. Noah Vonleh, who hails from Haverhill, Mass., had 14 points and 14 rebounds Tuesday.

"Finishing is our No. 1 priority right now," New York's Trey Burke said. "We're playing teams all the way down to the wire and we're coming up short and that's been the ongoing story all year."

Coach David Fizdale made a lineup switch for Tuesday's game. He had started three rookies in the previous two contests but switched Tuesday, inserting Kanter, Vonleh and Mario Hezonja.

Before the game, Kanter said, "We just need to win a game. First unit, leading the second unit. Whatever, we just need to go out and win games. That's the most important thing. The coach is always trying to change something. He's figuring out what's best for us."

Back on Oct. 20, the Celtics survived a wild finish to escape with a 103-101 victory over the Knicks at MSG as Jayson Tatum recorded 24 points and 14 rebounds.

The Celtics won both games against the Knicks at home last year and are 5-1 over New York in the last three seasons at TD Garden. They are 4 1/2 games behind the Toronto Raptors in the standings.

(STATS / cbssports.com)

mafra
Nov 21, 2018, 15:28
If we want to steal Kyrie... make an impression tonight.

mafra
Nov 21, 2018, 18:51
Vonleh with a quick 7 points. Knicks up 13-10. Kanter and Mario doing absolutely nada... hurting team. Funny, too, b/c these are the 2 complaining most about lineup shuffling. Well, take advantage of your starting opportunity then you wonít have to worry.

Kanter and Mario wonít be here next season.

htr10
Nov 21, 2018, 18:57
Not going to lie, seeing Ntilikina drive past Tatum for the layup got me excited.

mafra
Nov 21, 2018, 18:59
Knicks 6-13 from downtown... 25-14 Knicks. Knox going to FT line with 1:46 left in the first.

BOS isnít winning anything with this roster. Shows you how hard it is to build a team in the NBA.

tiger0330
Nov 21, 2018, 19:04
Happy Turkey Day everyone. Knicks have an 11 pt lead on the Celts in BOS. That veteran lineup starting again, I'd say that's the one Fiz eventually goes with Kanter Vonleh Mudiay THJ Hezonja. CLEE replacing Hezonja when he's back.

tiger0330
Nov 21, 2018, 19:06
Boston only scores 18 in the qtr. Knicks up 26-18.

htr10
Nov 21, 2018, 19:09
Happy Turkey Day everyone. Knicks have an 11 pt lead on the Celts in BOS. That veteran lineup starting again, I'd say that's the one Fiz eventually goes with Kanter Vonleh Mudiay THJ Hezonja. CLEE replacing Hezonja when he's back.

Happy Thanksgiving to you too, good sir

tiger0330
Nov 21, 2018, 19:14
Can't wait until we get a look at the twin towers of KP and MRob. They should be a killer blocking machine.

mafra
Nov 21, 2018, 19:15
40-24 Knicks. 10 NYK have scored

tiger0330
Nov 21, 2018, 19:18
Celts fans raining down boos on the Celts. 40-24 Knicks 7 mins left in the half. Celts only shooting 33%.

tiger0330
Nov 21, 2018, 19:25
I'm going out on the limb here and calling this a Knick W with 4 left in the half and the Knicks up 55-31. Celts can't hit a shot and can't stop the Knicks.

mafra
Nov 21, 2018, 19:26
Burke with 15 already... Timmy, Burke, Mudiay, Knits, Dotson best backcourt weíve had in years.

51-29.

htr10
Nov 21, 2018, 19:32
I did not see this coming. Knicks lead 61 - 41 late in the 2nd quarter.

htr10
Nov 21, 2018, 19:34
I'm going out on the limb here and calling this a Knick W with 4 left in the half and the Knicks up 55-31. Celts can't hit a shot and can't stop the Knicks.

Hmm, I think there is still a really good chance we lose this game.

Kiyaman
Nov 21, 2018, 19:35
If we want to steal Kyrie... make an impression tonight.


We dont need Kyrie .. we got a good future in Trier & Frank

Damn Knicks ! 3 consecutive turnovers that lead to points

tiger0330
Nov 21, 2018, 19:57
Hmm, I think there is still a really good chance we lose this game.
Celts cut it to 11 in Jalens first bucket of the game.

tiger0330
Nov 21, 2018, 20:00
4 mins in Kanter tips in Vonlehs miss for their 1st pts in the 2nd half.

mafra
Nov 21, 2018, 20:09
Timmy was assaulted going to the rim... ref saw it... impossible to miss it. He was hit and held... no call. Home court cooking... officials have their built in deniability bc they can claim they deemed the contact inconsequential...

In all sports, there should be no leeway for subject calls.

Knits with an awful Turnover on inbounds pass... is it me or does he lack basic awareness on offense?

Vonleh with a career night.

tiger0330
Nov 21, 2018, 20:15
TRIER with the 3 at the buzzer ending the 3rd. Back to a 15 pt Knick lead.

Kiyaman
Nov 21, 2018, 20:16
A Trier 3 ball to end the 3rd qtr. .. Knicks 84 - Boston 69
15 pt lead !!!

mafra
Nov 21, 2018, 20:19
If KP was healthy NYK would have a better record than BOS.

tiger0330
Nov 21, 2018, 20:20
Knox heating up with 2 straight 3s. 90-70 Knicks. 10 left in the game.

Paul1355
Nov 21, 2018, 20:22
Burke should never be benched again. Itís a tragedy he had a few dnp this season while frank ntlikina is shooting a putrid 35% fg and 25% from 3 point land.

Frank should only play when mudiay or Burke are on the floor or we will be lucky to stay in the game.


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tiger0330
Nov 21, 2018, 20:23
Take care of the the ball, use the clock and we got this.

Paul1355
Nov 21, 2018, 20:23
If KP was healthy NYK would have a better record than BOS.

No frigin way, Knicks would barely be .500 with this team and KP. Even Boston has a down game and they can still win this because the Knicks never hold a lead


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tiger0330
Nov 21, 2018, 20:26
Burke should never be benched again. It’s a tragedy he had a few dnp this season while frank ntlikina is shooting a putrid 35% fg and 25% from 3 point land.

Frank should only play when mudiay or Burke are on the floor or we will be lucky to stay in the game.


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Nice seeing u back man. I've been saying Trey should start, his stats back it up but maybe the 6th man role with the rooks is the best way to use him. Problem is Mudiay is up and down.

Paul1355
Nov 21, 2018, 20:26
Donít stay too confident everyone..Knicks blew a 19 point lead to the pelicans..no one should feel safe


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mafra
Nov 21, 2018, 20:27
Knox and Robinson sending BOS fans home early for turkey. Or maybe this is Ainge trying to ensure we donít get Zion... With KP and Zion BOS has no chance.

Paul1355
Nov 21, 2018, 20:27
Nice seeing u back man. I've been saying Trey should start, his stats back it up but maybe the 6th man role with the rooks is the best way to use him. Problem is Mudiay is up and down.

Thanks! Yea Iíve been ghost until I get pissed off with this team then I express myself. Mudiay looks to be in his classic head fog running around and doing nothing. I still trust him over frank as a pg


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mafra
Nov 21, 2018, 20:28
No frigin way, Knicks would barely be .500 with this team and KP. Even Boston has a down game and they can still win this because the Knicks never hold a lead


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So, Knicks have been tied or led in the 4th in 9/14 losses... Obviously, with KP, we win at least 4 of those games. 4-14 becomes 9-9.

BOS 3-6 previous 9.

What a scoop by Knits!

tiger0330
Nov 21, 2018, 20:31
Horford loses the ball after a THJ TO keep the lead at 12. Horford was right under the basket and would have cut it to eight if he didn't turn it over. Lot of traffic under the basket when he turned it over.

Paul1355
Nov 21, 2018, 20:32
So, Knicks have been tied or led in 9/14 losses... Obviously, with KP, we win at least 4 of those games. 4-14 becomes 9-9.

We all know Boston is much better than their record and again being .500 isnít something to be proud of. Itís actually the worst outcome because youíre not good enough to be a playoff team, and not bad enough to get a promising draft pick. Bostonís record will get better and we need KP and another good player to even win a game in a playoff series against them.


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tiger0330
Nov 21, 2018, 20:34
Nits even getting into the offense taking Kyrie off the dribble for a nice layup on the other side of the basket.

mafra
Nov 21, 2018, 20:34
Sweet pass from Timmy to MRob. Burke with 22 and 10 assists.

Kiyaman
Nov 21, 2018, 20:35
Robinson DEFENSE !!!
Crunch-Time .. 5 minute remaining Knicks 101 - Boston 85

tiger0330
Nov 21, 2018, 20:37
Knox and Robinson sending BOS fans home early for turkey. Or maybe this is Ainge trying to ensure we donít get Zion... With KP and Zion BOS has no chance.
I think the firsts BOS has are top 5 protected this year so they won't get him.

Kiyaman
Nov 21, 2018, 20:41
106 - 95 Knicks 3 min remaining .. Burke Timmy Frank Knox and MitchRob

Paul1355
Nov 21, 2018, 20:45
Just told all of you to not feel safe with this team..they are predictable in their ability to choke ..letís see


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Kiyaman
Nov 21, 2018, 20:46
Here we go again .. Small-Ball Knicks on the court .. 4 pt Knick lead 1 min remaining