Game thread: New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics 7:30 11/21/2018 [Game #19]


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(4-14) -- (9-8)

TD Garden, Boston, MAMSG7:30 PM EST

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Injury Report

New York KnicksBoston 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)-
Luke Kornet - G League assignment (OUT)-
Isaiah Hicks - G League assignment (OUT)-

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.



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 won?t have to worry.

Kanter and Mario won?t be here next season.


Knicks 6-13 from downtown... 25-14 Knicks. Knox going to FT line with 1:46 left in the first.

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


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 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


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.


Burke with 15 already... Timmy, Burke, Mudiay, Knits, Dotson best backcourt we?ve had in years.



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.