Boston, who entered last night's contest at 0-3 in the preseason, got help from rookie Kelly Olynyk, who scored 15 and grabbed six boards. Believe it or not, Olynyk's 15 points were enough to lead all Boston scorers, which is hypothetically a good sign for Celtics fans.
The score of last night's game shouldn't be a cause for concern for Knicks fans, as New York rested Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Metta World Peace.
Here are some of the best Twitter reactions from those who watched this preseason tuneup.
The Celtics also benefited from a solid performance by Jordan Crawford, who went five of seven from the field for 13 points, including 3-of-5 from long-range. Crawford got out to a hot start, netting seven points in the game's first quarter. And apparently, Crawford wanted to make sure he got his name in the paper.
Crawford looks to media after his really nice 1st quarter: "Hey, y'all write something good man."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) October 13, 2013
Jordan Crawford to press row: "Y'all write something good."— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) October 13, 2013
Things weren't quite as cheery among the Knicks media contingency. Robert Silverman of KnickerBlogger.net and the New York Times had some snide commentary as the Knicks' second unit got embarrassed by the Celtics.
I counted three straight misplays by Bargs -- bad rebound, bad defense, bad spacing,— Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta) October 12, 2013
Cole Aldrich and I have identical, equally effective jump hook shots— Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta) October 13, 2013
I can't tell which is functioning worse -- the scoreboard in Manchester, or every facet of the Knicks' play— Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta) October 13, 2013
One bright spot for the Knicks was the statement game delivered by Ike Diogu. Diogu dropped a game-high 21 points in a last-ditch effort to become a part of the Knicks' regular-season rotation.
Toure Murry also made a case for a roster spot. Murry had 16 points, and the Knicks were plus-three when he was on the floor.
Quite the night for Ike Diogu and PG Tour'e Murry. Enhanced chances of sticking.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) October 13, 2013
Toure Murry and Ike Diogu have seized their opportunity and impressed with their play. #Knicks— Wally Szczerbiak (@wallyball) October 13, 2013
It's hard to explicate too much from an NBA preseason game. And Celtics head coach Brad Stevens certainly understands that wins in the preseason don't always translate to wins in the regular season.
"If I'm not going to count those last 3 (losses), I'm not going to count this one, I guess." - Stevens on his 1st NBA win.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) October 13, 2013
Instead, both teams got to see how some of their new players can produce when given the extra minutes, and for guys like Diogu and Murry, it could make all the difference.
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