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Celtics (2-0) at Knicks (0-2) Game 3 4/22
« on: April 21, 2011, 11:55:34 PM »

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Boston Celtics (2-0) at New York Knicks (0-2)
Friday, April 21
7:00 PM ET
Playoff Game #3, Road Game #1
TV: ESPN, CSN-NE, MSG
Madison Square Garden





Probable Starters

PG: Rajon Rondo..................................................SG Ray Allen

C:  Jermaine O'Neal

SF:  Paul Pierce ................................. ............PF Kevin Garnett

Celtics Reserves
Glen Davis
Delonte West
Jeff Green
Carlos Arroyo
Von Wafer
Troy Murphy
Nenad Krstic  
Avery Bradley
Sasha Pavlovic

Injuries
Shaquille O'Neal (calf, Achilles, Age ) out





Probable Starters

PG: Toney Douglas ......................................................SF: Landry Fields  

C:  Ronny Turiaf

SF: Carmelo Anthony .................................................. PF: Amar'e Stoudemire

Knicks Reserves
Shawne Williams
Jared Jeffries
Shelden Williams
Anthony Carter
Bill Walker
Renaldo Balkman
Derrick Brown
Roger Mason
Andy Rautins

Injuries
Amar'e Stoudemire (back) probable
Chauncey Billups (knee)  questionable
Ronny Turiaf (knee)  probable  

Game Notes

For the first time in 7 years,  the Knicks will host a playoff game at Madison Square Garden.  They come into the game down 2-0 after 2 games that both were decided in the last seconds of the game.  The Celtics weren't feeling very good about their 2-0 record after playing poorly in both games in spite of being at home with the crowd behind them.  They will be facing what is sure to be a loud and very hostile crowd in MSG and probably some hostile officiating on the road as well.  

Amar's Stoudemire, who missed the second half of game 2 with back spasms, didn't practice on Thursday but is expected to play in this game.  Chauncey Billups had his sore knee drained and is listed as questionable for this one.  If he can't go, expect Toney Douglas to once again get the start.   Shaquille O'Neal traveled with the team to NY but is expected to miss this game.  He may play on Sunday, but then again, he may not.  

In the first game, Stoudemire starred for the Knicks with 28 points and 11 rebounds while Anthony struggled somewhat.   In the second game, with Stoudemire and Billups out,  Carmelo Anthony was outstanding with 42 points and 17 rebounds, practically carrying the team all by himself.  Paul Pierce has said that he has to be better defensively on Anthony to prevent another performance like that in this game.  For the Celtics, in game 1, Ray Allen stepped up with 24 points and 6 rebounds.  In game 2, we finally saw the aggressive Rondo once again as he scored 30 points and dished out 7 assists.  

The Celtics can expect the Knicks to come out swinging and if they don't put forth a better effort, they might not be so lucky to pull this one out at the end.  The Celtics bench, although with more talent than the Knicks bench, has been out played in the first 2 games.  The Celtics must get more from Big Baby, Jeff Green and Delonte especially.  In both games, the starters have built a lead only to have it disappear when the starters go out for a rest.  The bench must produce more in this game.  

We know that the Celtics can play much better.  The Knicks also can improve if they can get a good game from both of their stars on the same night.  The Celtics have to improve their defense and their execution throughout the game and not just at the end.  If the Celtics finally play a complete game, instead of turning it on and off throughout the game, they should get a win without the need for last second heroics.  

Key Matchups  
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Rajon Rondo vs Toney Douglas
Douglas is expected to start again, but it is possible that Billups could try to play as well.  Regardless of the opponent, Rajon Rondo is a key to the Celtics fortunes.  When he is aggressive and assertive in running the team,  the Celtics play so much better.  As Rondo goes, so go the Celtics.  They need him to play well.  

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Paul Pierce vs Carmelo Anthony
Pierce has said that he plans to play much better defense on Anthony in this game to avoid another explosion from him.  Of course, if Pierce is expending large amounts of energy on defense, Ray, KG, JO and Rondo will need to step up on offense.  

Honorable Mention
Kevin Garnett vs Amar'e Stoudemire
Stoudemire is expected to play in this game but may not be 100%.  If he is the least bit hesitant, KG must take advantage and look for his shot.  

Keys to the Game
REBOUND REBOUND REBOUND!!!! - The Celtics allowed the Knicks to pull down 20 offensive rebounds in game 2, which gave them 24 points on second chance baskets.  The Celtics had just 6 second chance points.  The Knicks pulled down 53 rebounds to just 37 for the Celtics.  The Celtics must box out and every player must make an effort to crash the boards.  

Bench Play - The Celtics bench has played very poorly in both games.  In game 2, the Knicks bench had a 46-23 advantage over the Celtics bench in scoring and a 21-11 advantage in rebounds.  Big Baby, Jeff Green and Delonte especially must step up and play better on both ends of the court for the Celtics to have a chance in this game.  They have the talent, they just have to focus and execute.  

Ball Movement -  In the first two games, at times they moved the ball and made the extra pass and found the open man, and at other times, the ball stuck and they took quick shots and the offense got stagnant.   They must make an effort to keep the ball moving and play unselfish ball.  When they do that for 48 minutes, they are very tough to beat.  They also need to be aggressive in going to the basket and not settle for jumpers.  

Effort and Focus
- The Celtics need to bring an extra effort along with total focus on the game.  Rebounding can be a sign of the amount of effort a team puts in.  It takes effort to go to the ball and fight for the rebounds.  They also have to put out the effort to get the 50-50 balls and go after every loose ball.  The Knicks will be putting the effort out since to them, this is a must win.  The Celtics have to match that effort.  

X-Factors
Officiating and Hostile Crowd
As we have seen many times already in these playoffs, the officials can make a difference in the outcome.  So far the Celtics have gotten decent treatment from the refs, but they also have been at home.  Officials will often be swayed by the crowd so the Celtics need to be ready for that and not allow bad calls to take them out of the game.    They also need to be ready for a very hostile crowd and not allow that to affect their play.  
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Re: Celtics (2-0) at Knicks (0-2) Game 3 4/22
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Re: Celtics (2-0) at Knicks (0-2) Game 3 4/22
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The Celtics really need to step on the Knicks' throats.  The Heat are going to sweep the Sixers, so the Celtics can't afford to take 5-6 games to knock off the Knicks (though maybe it would give Shaq more time to come back).
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Re: Celtics (2-0) at Knicks (0-2) Game 3 4/22
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they know what they got to do 2morrow night..and its not jus about winning

Re: Celtics (2-0) at Knicks (0-2) Game 3 4/22
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The Celtics are winning without Shaq and with JO playing:

a) if Amare plays, JO plays 26 minutes

b) if Amare doesn't, JO plays 16 minutes

I hope Amare plays, only for Baby's legs... he looked exhausted at the end of game 2.

Go Celtics!!

Re: Celtics (2-0) at Knicks (0-2) Game 3 4/22
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yea, with Heat  winning and looking to sweep , Boston needs to dismantle the knicks ..FINISH THE JOB.. and get some rest for an epic battle in the second round.
Dragging it out would be a very bad idea.

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Expect a lot of Celtics fans at MSG. I hope that Pierce will ssshhh them once again :)
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Re: Celtics (2-0) at Knicks (0-2) Game 3 4/22
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They might be missing Chauncey, as well as Turiaf and Amare. Got to take advantage and take care of business.
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Thanks, FL.  You nailed it again!  Rebounding effort, please~
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Need some more good Rondo in this game!  Here's to get you ready for it! 

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Oh, yeah, FL....I am ready for it!  Go Rondo, Go Celtics!  UBUNTU!
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They might be missing Chauncey, as well as Turiaf and Amare. Got to take advantage and take care of business.

What happened to Turiaf?  

I swear, I hate when the Celtics play a team at less than full strength.  They play down to competition.  This may be bad for the Celtics. I was hoping they didn't do this in the playoffs. :-\
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The guys HAVE to be ready for the atmosphere and like you said FL, the officiating. LETS GO CELTICS!

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i just have a feeling tonight is going to be a big time statement win. it is almost certain billups won't play...and it is sounding a bit more like amare won't either. And there is NO WAY Melo does what he did in game 2. I think boston by double digits


Even if those 3 do play..they will be awfully gimpy...the Celtics can end this series tonight...
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Re: Celtics (2-0) at Knicks (0-2) Game 3 4/22
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i just have a feeling tonight is going to be a big time statement win. it is almost certain billups won't play...and it is sounding a bit more like amare won't either. And there is NO WAY Melo does what he did in game 2. I think boston by double digits


Man I have this one pencilled in for a loss to be honest, Knicks will be desperate, with home town officiating.  I think we see a parade to the free throw line, celts lose by 12 and ESPN plans the celtics funeral
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