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Celtics take game 1, 87-85

In a thrilling finish, the Boston Celtics were able to take game 1 against the New York Knicks, 87-85. The dramatic finish came as a result of very poor play from the C’s in the first half. The Knicks dominated the 1st half. Amare Stoudemire really dominated the C’s all game, and scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter. That should raise some questions about Perk. If he was in this game, would Amare have been so dominate? I digress. Boston looked flat, and unaware that they were in a playoff game to start. In fact Doc Rivers even said that the team played like the playoffs started in the second half. New York went on a 23-9 run to end the 1st half. But Boston hung in there, and battled back.

Jermaine O’Neal made some huge blocks in the third quarter including one on Carmello with about 7:44 to go in the quarter. That really started to swing momentum towards Boston. It was a back and forth battle for most of the second half. The C’s kept chipping away at the Knicks lead, until they were able to take the lead early in the fourth quarter. With the game tied at 82 late in the fourth, Tony Douglas hit a huge 3-pointer to put the Knicks by three with just 38 seconds remaining. Boston called timeout, and KG received an alley-oop on an inbound from Rondo, to make the game 84-85. The Knicks looked very surprised by the play call. The Knicks then set up their offense in the Boston zone. Chauncey Billups attempted a lay-up, and landed awkwardly on his left knee (his status is uncertain going into the next game). His lay-up didn’t fall, and the rebound was passed back out. Carmello was trying to set up and bumped into Paul Pierce. Pierce did embellish a bit, and was able to get an offensive foul. Rondo took the ball for the inbound, and called a time out. On the ensuing play, Allen passed to Pierce from just in front of the half court marker, drove to the left side, where Pierce got it back to him. Garnett got away with a bit of an elbow on a pick, and Allen dropped the three. Boston took an 87-85 lead. New York still had 11 seconds on the clock. The ball was brought up court, and Carmello called for it. He shouldn’t have. Instead of trying to drive through the lane for a basket and possible foul, he threw up a lame duck 3 that missed badly off the front of the rim. The game ended, and Boston had won 87-85. The Knicks were outscored 48-34 in the second half.

This was a great game for the Celtics. It looked like the Knicks threw everything they had at them, and the C’s came out on top. Boston had 15 offensive rebounds, which they have not done all year. Boston is now 17-2 against Knicks in their last 19 meetings, including 5-0 this season. The C’s have also won 10 straight against New York. Getting worse, the Knicks have now gone 10 years without a playoff win. Boston should win game 2. It won’t be easy, but it shouldn’t be too difficult for such a seasoned team. I would look for a tough game from New York once they get back to MSG, but I do expect Boston to win this series.

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