October 20, 2009
Madison Square Garden
Knicks 108 Celtics 103
The end result of tonight's preseason game was not what everyone desired, but again it's only the preseason. The Celtics dropped a tight one tonight against the Knicks 108-103. Let it be known that the final minutes of the game were played with our bench against their starters. They must have really wanted to win this one.
One of the things we were watching for going into the game was whether or not the starters would see more minutes, since we knew that this would be their last go-around before the regular season opener next Tuesday. We were expecting most of the starters to get into the high twenty's or low thirty's in terms of minutes. This did not happen, the most minutes played by a starter tonight was 31 by Ray. The rest of the starters averaged around 25 minutes tonight. Doc must believe they are ready to go on Tuesday night, let me just say I hope and think they are.
We were also hoping that Paul Pierce would reassert himself tonight after a two point performance in the last game. In 25 minutes Pierce went 5-9 from the field scoring 14 points, while bringing down four rebounds. Overall a good performance for Pierce, I think he is ready to go up against that guy named Lebron.
Another question we had going into the game was how are defense would react to the perimeter offense that the Knicks are know to run. I don't know if it was our lack of defense or good shooting by the Knicks tonight, but coming into it we knew how they played. They come down the floor and throw up whatever shot is available. I think we should have been able to limit them under 100 points, and we did not. This is the first time this season we have let up triple digits. Our guards need to get out onto the ball better against a perimeter team like the Knicks. Maybe this was a good learning lesson for the next time we face up against them. I am not saying our defense is no longer the best in the NBA, but against this particular team we did not prove it.
After Perk's performance against this team earlier this preseason I expected him to have another good game because of the lack of bigs on the Knicks. This did not happen, the Knicks did a good job not allowing Perk to get the ball down low, he only put up three shots, one which went in.
As for our other starters Ray, KG, and Rondo. Ray had a respectable 11 points on 4-7 shooting. KG had 11 points on 5-10 shooting, one of those field goals being a monsterous finish on a alley-oop from Rondo. Rondo had a great game of his own tonight putting up 20 points, while dishing out 7 assist. Our bench, notably Marquis Daniels, had a great game tonight. Marquis scored 17 points tonight and really showed us his great ability to score.
Overall this was not the result we wanted, but it's only preseason. The positives that we got from tonights game out weigh the final score. Make sure to join us tomorrow night as we will be holding another live chat during the Celtic's final preseason game against the Cavs.
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