|Posted by shawn cassidy on May 1, 2013 at 10:15 PM|
The Knicks opened up the game on a 11-0 run. It looked bad for the Celtics. After the 11-0 run the Celtics settled down, and they started to run their offense, and the defense ramped up as well. The game was back and forth for awhile in the first half. The Celtics didn't give up the lead for the entire second half. The Celtics finally held their own in the third quarter winning that period 24-21. The Celtics attacked the Knicks with balanced scoring all night.
Jeff Green scored a team-high 18 points he was one of five Celtics players in double figures, including Jason Terry with 17 points (five 3-pointers) off the bench in that 6th man role that's defined his career, and The Truth with 16 points, Kevin finished with 16 points and a team-high 18 rebounds. Doc only used 7 guys tonight. Terrance Williams was a miss for the first three games, and I called out for him to play more because he's the only guy on the Celtics who can run the point. Williams had solid stats, 4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists. With the green team running on empty in the 4th (KG 39 minutes, Pierce 44 minutes he was gassed, on 6-of-19 shooting as well.) Green came up big in the 4th with a pair of late three's after the Celtics lost a 15 lead. The Knicks cut that lead to 5 late in the 4th.But Green kept the Knicks at bay, he scored 10 of his 18 in the 4th.
This series has hit a wall. I thought the Celtics have figured something out. Is it l to late in the series with the Celtics down 3-2. I don't know, but the Celtics have found their gritty dark place. They limited the Knicks two top scorers Melo with 22 points off of 8-of-22 shooting, Smith was way off with 3-of-14 shooting for 14 points. The Celtics defense limited New York to 39% shooting, and the three's were off the mark with just 5 for New York with 22 misses.
This series is down to two possible games for the Celtics. They have one more at home, and a win in Boston could strike a huge doubt in New York. I'm just happy to see the Celtics fighting.