Boston Massacre in New York

 

Game 3 was a must win for New York, having an 0-3 deficit is not the ideal situation to be in the playoff and with Amare Stoudemire back in the line-up things looked like they might go the Knicks way on their home floor.

This wasn’t the case, the Boston Celtics came out firing in the first quarter creating a 17 point margin with four minutes to go in the period. The Knicks then went on a run of their own to cut the lead to 7 at the first break. In the second the two sides went back and forth with New York never really being able to make a good enough run to make any sort of stand, it was 52-44 to Boston at the main break.

The second half was all Boston, behind the hot hand of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen and the Celtics floor General Rajon Rondo. The fact that the Knicks defense was virtually nonexistent also helped contribute to the defending Eastern Conference Champs offense.  Pierce finished with a game high 38 points on 14 from 19 from the field, while Allen had 32, making 8 from 11 threes. Rondo set a Celtics’ playoff record with 20 assists, he also had 15 points and 11 rebounds to complete his triple-double.

Boston is comfortably in the driver’s seat going up 3-0 in the series. If the come out and play this way the rest of the playoffs they will be very hard to beat.

Until next time..

D.B.

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Posted on April 23, 2011, in NBA, Playoffs and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nice blog you got started here. The Knicks just came out flat yesterday. It wasn’t a good thing to see from a team that was playing their first home playoff game in 7 years. Their defence is such a serious problem and when teams clamp down on defence or their shots aren’t dropping they don’t have any breathing room because of their horrid defence. You look at the whole they got into at the start of the game and it was too dig to climb out of. I don’t know what they’re going to do next year about it because they have a lot of issues to work out. It should be interesting to see how their off-season shapes out though. Have fun golfing Knickerbocker’s, if basketball players even do that. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/something-needs-to-change-in-new-york-but-what/

  2. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    The Knicks need to make some changes in the off-season because their defence has the capacity to be so much better. Although Amare and Carmelo aren’t known for their defensive game, when it comes down to it they have the potential to be great on that side of the floor too. I think this starts with the coach and D’Antoni’s philosophy is solely based on offense, don’t get me wrong, that is the most exciting and fun way to play basketball but if you want a championship it’s not a very good way to get one.

    Cheers and keep reading.

    D.B.

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