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    Boston Celtics Game thread: New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics 3:30 12/1/2019 [Game #20]





    (13-5) -- (4-15)

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    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY MSG 3:30 PM EST



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    Injury Report

    Boston Celtics New York Knicks
    Tacko Fall - Knee injury (QUEST) Reggie Bullock - Cervical disc herniation (OUT)
    Romeo Langford - Right ankle sprain (Day-2-Day) Elfrid Payton - Right hamstring strain (OUT)
    Gordon Hayward - Left Hand Fracture (OUT) Marcus Morris - Cervical spasms (QUEST)
    - Dennis Smith Jr. - Contused left squad (PROB)

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    Knicks played well in the first half... RJ, Randle and Dotson....

    But... we know they have 2 more Qs to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    Knicks played well in the first half... RJ, Randle and Dotson....

    But... we know they have 2 more Qs to play.
    I thought Randle was awful but agreed letís see how this 2nd half goes

    There is a clear issue with Knox...itís something this organization must address soon

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    95-95 coming out of a TO.... Dotson hands ball to smart... 97-95. ISO Randle leads to ugly TO.

    This is why we canít close games. Forget about not having a closer.... we canít even get shots off... turnover after turnover.... unforced too. Just bad brain burps. 98-95 and we all know thatís game ovah.

    DSJ has Tatum in air.... wouldíve been 3 ****s, but he passes to RJ (who airballs a 3).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broadway View Post
    I thought Randle was awful but agreed letís see how this 2nd half goes

    There is a clear issue with Knox...itís something this organization must address soon
    Randle is awful as the 1 or 2 option.... doesnít mean he canít play well in spurts.

    Now, DSJ throws ball out of bounds....

    Just ugly offense from any NYK come late 4th.

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    Frank hurt again. Only played a few minutes. Hard to develop Frank and MRob when they canít stay on the floor...

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    Fizdale strikes again. Out of timeouts this team has zero clue how to execute

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    2-8 followed by 2-8... on to Block #3.

    According to Dolan tho, barely losing games qualifies as improvement. When your a losing org you believe in moral victories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    Randle is awful as the 1 or 2 option.... doesnít mean he canít play well in spurts.

    Now, DSJ throws ball out of bounds....

    Just ugly offense from any NYK come late 4th.
    We had a few guys play well in 3-4min stretches but also showed signs of what ails this team outside of those minutes

    Which has now reared itís ugly head in the 4th. Hereís the thing with Randle, itís a lot...

    He has to play for his TEAM and not himself(going for his on every touch)
    He needs to set real screens on the perimeter(for his guards)
    He needs to have a bigger presence on the defensive interior(see Kanter)
    He needs to lay off shooting 3s(0-5)
    He needs to stop turning the ball over at an alarming rate almost every game(4 TOs)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    2-8 followed by 2-8... on to Block #3.

    According to Dolan tho, barely losing games qualifies as improvement. When your a losing org you believe in moral victories.
    He should be embarrassed by Celtic fans getting loud in his arena

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    Knicks 26-37 from the FT line.

    We donít need deep analytic soul-searching to discover why we are losing game. We canít win missing 10+ FTs... we just not good enough offensively to overcome this

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    Knicks 26-37 from the FT line.

    We donít need deep analytic soul-searching to discover why we are losing game. We canít win missing 10+ FTs... we just not good enough offensively to overcome this
    We spent hrs in practice supposedly working on this only to come out today and meet our usual fail quota

    This team needs a different spirit on the bench. We needed someone like Monty Williams...SIGH!

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    Amen! FT and poor fourth Q execution just tells me we arenít mentally strong and disciplined enough to get over the hump.

    And, by getting over the hump, that just means going from an awful team to a 30 win team.

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    Fizdale postgame says...

    "We're becoming a better basketball team"...citing the close games

    and

    "Free throws are biting us in the butt and they'll have to find creative ways to help players improve in this area"

    This guy is borrowing time against the schedule in attempts to save his job. Much like our fans have done past decade when we look towards the next game as a means to rationalize a turnaround to qualify for the postseason

    YOU HATE TO SEE IT!

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    ďIf it were so, it was a grievous growth,
    being outscored by 21 on three-pointers,
    doubled up on the offensive glass
    and managing a mere 15 assists against 14 turnovers.
    Here, under leave of the P&T staffĖ
    For P&T is honourable people;
    So are they all, all honourable peopleĖ
    Come I to speak after New York dropped to 4-18,
    two games behind last yearís mark at this time.

    Yet Fizdale says the Knicks are playing better;
    And Fizdale is an honourable man.
    You all did see that Frank Ntilikina going down with a sore upper back
    could not be blamed on Fiz,
    nor another 11 missed free throws,
    nor turnover after turnover after turnover after crunch-time motha****ing turnover.
    The front office thrice promised him a kingly crown,
    first Kristaps Porzingis, then Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
    Was this ambition?
    Yet Mills and Perry say Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis and Elfrid Payton
    were ďa successful free agency period,Ē

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