Game thread: New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics 7:30 10/20/2018 [Game #3]


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(1-1) -- (1-1)

Madison Square Garden, New York, NYMSG7:30 PM EST

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Injury Report

Boston CelticsNew York Knicks
Jabari Bird - Personal reasons (OUT)Isaiah Hicks - Sprained left ankle (OUT)
-Emmanuel Mudiay - Sprained right ankle (OUT)
-Kristaps Porzingis - Left knee (OUT)

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NEW YORK -- A day after losing a heartbreaker to the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Knicks host one of the Eastern Conference favorites as the Boston Celtics travel to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

Caris LeVert dropped in a layup with one second left in the game, two of his career-high 28 points, and New York took a 107-105 loss at Barclays Center on Friday night. A Tim Hardaway Jr. fadeaway 3-point attempt clanked off the backboard and the Knicks dropped their first game of the season, after blitzing the Atlanta Hawks in a 126-107 win on Wednesday in new head coach David Fizdale's first win with the team.

"(LeVert) is a good player, an explosive athlete," Fizdale said after the loss. "He can really put the ball on the floor and his three-ball has improved tremendously. That kid can play, man. I think he's going to have a breakout year this year."

After shooting 46 percent on Wednesday, with Hardaway scoring 31 to lead seven players in double-figures, the Knicks (1-1) shot 40 percent on Friday and managed just three in double-digits, led by Hardaway and Enes Kanter's 29 points each.

Boston (1-1) similarly laid an egg on Friday after opening the season with a big win. In their second consecutive matchup with an Eastern Conference contender, the Celtics fell to the host Toronto Raptors, 113-101, as Kawhi Leonard had a game-high 31 points.

The Celtics' reserves faltered against the Raptors, scoring 23 total points, three days after scoring 44 points in a 105-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Boston got 21 points from Kyrie Irving to lead all five starters in double-figures, but the Celtics' reserves shot just 8-for-28 from the field.

"Our strength has to be in our depth, and when one guy doesn't have it going, the rest of the team has to pick them up," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the season-opening win over Philadelphia. "And everybody has to play with great effort because the guy behind him is champing at the bit to get in. And so, I thought that all of them did their jobs hard, and I thought had great focus to do it well, and I think that we'll clean up the offensive stuff. But if we can guard like that, we've got a chance to be decent.?

New York is getting major contribution from its rookies off the bench - first-round pick Kevin Knox had 17 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes against the Nets and Allonzo Trier had eight points after scoring 15 in 26 minutes in the season-opener - but the Knicks' young veteran reserves (Mario Hezonja, Noah Vonleh and Ron Baker) combined for five points in 42 minutes on Friday.

Fizdale specifically singled out starting guard Frank Ntilikina for his play in the opening two games, despite the loss.

"He keeps giving me multiple things," Fizdale said. "We needed some scoring, needed some spark, and he gave it to us there. When we needed defense the other night, he gave it to us there. He's going to feel out his role as we play more games. I'm going to let him tell me what that is."



Thanks Rady for the great info Game-Thread ....
Fizdale mentioning Levert performance stepped up a level or two after the game, when we fans notice Levert being the best 2-way player on the Nets in both the preseason games. I'm like a lot of Knick fans who watched the game last night watching Levert stretch the Nets lead to double digits in the first half of the game till he picked up his 3rd foul to sit on the bench. Fiz should have assigned Frank and LT to defend Levert in the 2nd half of the game.

Tonight Game vs the Boston Celtricks will become Fizdale daily back to back game excuse of having unprepared young players.
Boston loss last night to a 2nd half dynamic Raptors team that took over the game in the 2nd half for the win.
Boston 9 man rotation tried their best to be physical in the paint and on the perimeter but that did not stop the 10 man rotation Raptors from taking the hard-hits and keep on grinding for the win.

Boston will be a little tired from last night loss which will make Boston players become a lot more physical on offense and defense tonight for a double digit win against a team that loss to the Nets .. Tonight game vs Boston we will notice all of our SOFT Knick players that dont put up much of a fight when always being bullied for position by the Boston players. I dont want to mention any of our soft players name but two Knick players will stand out Timmy and Knox !!!
Lee out again tonight with ?neck spasms? and is seeing a specialist. Lee?s contract has gone from hard to trade to impossible.


Let?s go Knicks! I can finally watch a game live. Keep playing with passion and showing promise.


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horrible shooting, not one knick has made more than one field goal this quarter


I would have kept Burke & LT in the game till the final 2 min of qtr. .. for some reason Knox is just to slow for the NBA


Like JVG always says, this is a shot-making league. You either make em or you miss em. Aside from out-hustling Knicks for the offensive rebounds, the first Q is all about BOS making shots.

Like early last night, Knicks have no ball movement and no assists. LT has already bricked 2 threes, a layup and a mid-range jumper; Kanter has bricked 3 shots. No help from the guards or the bench so far.

Not sure why Knits is deferring to Lance Thomas.

Anyway, I don?t like their energy so far... t regardless of the missed shots


Hardaway goes strong to the hoop... BOS big jumps sideways into him, but because defender raised arms in the air the official doesn?t call a foul. Come on ref, the contact obviously impeded the player.


Trier goes down hard... defender was behind him, swipes arm down, causes the fall... no call. While he may have gotten mostly ball, the home team always gets that call when a demonstrative swipe on the ball occurs. Especially when offensive player goes to floor.