Tonight at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks will take on the first place Boston Celtics. The C’s have been playing .500 ball in the past six games however that’s negated by the fact of the Knicks losing five of their last six. Boston is experienced, and their ability to feed off the worser teams in the league couldn’t be more apparent. They are 24-12 against teams above .500 as well, while the Knicks are a decent 17-22 against over .500 opponents. Those records, of course, include wins and losses from the old Celtics and old Knicks teams.
New York’s Achilles heel starts at the defending the basketball, and with limited big men, they will have to guard Nenad Kristic and Kevin Garnett in the low post. If the ‘Bockers plan to win that battle, they will be forced to double team. For that reason, there will be open men all night for Boston. If those players hit shots, the Celtics will win. Or, the Knicks can show up on defense and kill that whole argument altogether.
We know the Knicks play up or down to their competition. After wins against the Heat, Thunder, and Hawks and losses to the Cavs, Pacers, and Pistons that statement holds some weight. Let’s see if they can add another notable win to the resume.
Ronny Turiaf will start in place of Shelden Williams as the circle of centers goes round and round.
Tip time will be shortly after 7:30.
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- Boston Celtics Official Game Notes – Boston Celtics
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- Pre-Game Reconnaissance: Knicks vs. Celtics- 3/21/11 – Posting and Toasting
- Celtics head to NY to take on struggling Knicks – Stats LLC
- Why the Knicks Will Beat the Celtics – The Knicks Wall