It was exciting! It was dramatic and probably harder than it should have been. But what it was most importantly was a win. Boston rallied in the 2nd half, down by as many as 12, to defeat the Knicks 87-85 behind a three point shot from Ray Allen with 12 seconds left to play. Allen led the Celtics in scoring with 24 points on 9-15 shooting and buried three 3′s in another clutch performance for the future hall of famer. The Knicks were led by Amare Stoudemire who finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds.
Boston showed character tonight in a way they haven’t shown in a long time. The Celtics rebounded, defended, and executed down the stretch. The effort they extended to get back into the game and eventually pull ahead was championship caliber. That same effort was mediocre in the first half and begs to question if they had it on cruise control or if New York was just better for the first 24 minutes. The Knicks will not be an easy out, if they are even an out at all. Boston has to be concerned that Melo was held to just 15 points on 5-18 shooting and still could/should have won the game.
The Knicks lost Chauncey Billups to a knee injury late in the fourth quarter and he did not return. His experience and leadership will be surely missed if reports of the injury turn out to be serious. Toney Douglas would likely be moved into the starting lineup in the absence of Billups. While the Knicks would be less formidable an old saying comes to my mind “beware the wounded dog”. Boston will attempt to take a 2-0 lead on Tuesday night.
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Written by Warren Shaw
I am an avid Basketball fan who has worked for the New York Knicks, Alonzo Mourning Charities and various other sports organizations. Having covered many NBA and various professional sporting events has given me the opportunity to provide insight with an unbiased but flavor driven view. I look forward to providing NBA content and interacting with knowledgeable fans and readers. Follow me on Twitter @shawsports or Email your questions to me at Warrenshaw@prosportsblogging.com