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In a playoff-esque atmosphere, Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics (17-17) secure their first three-game winning streak of the 2012-13 season in result of a 102-96 victory over the New York Knicks (23-11).
If you missed some of the Atlantic Division match-up due to the tedious BCS National Championship, here is my analysis from the Broadway Showdown.
Tremendous collective effort by the Celtics:
In the past couple of weeks, the press including us, have ripped Doc Rivers’ team apart in all facets. Now, I think we should start giving the team some credit for their effort in the past three games.
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The Boston Celtics seem to be heading into the positive direction due to multiple reasons, but the sharing of the basketball has been prominent within their latest success.
Last night’s game shows the creditability by every player on that team to play as a team and not worrying the individual outlook as the Celtics posted 26 assists. Remind you, Rajon Rondo was suspended, which makes the ball distribution even more impressive.
Throughout the winning streak, Boston averaged an imposing 25 assists per game.
Rebounding numbers are still in a declination:
While the Celtics have been thriving as of late, their rebounding statistics are not stable. Boston is ranked 30th in the NBA at 38.6 rebounds per game.
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In last night’s contest against the Knicks, Celtics allow Mike Woodson’s team to grab 14 offensive rebounds. Doc Rivers’ team has been lacking to defend the offensive glass. This statistic is not great. When you allow more offensive possessions to the opposing team, it could come back to bite you in the end.
In the past three games, Kevin Garnett and company have granted their foe an average of 12.6 offensive rebounds per game. With that, I’m sure Doc Rivers and Boston’s front office is not pleased with this category, and it will have to be assessed through a trade or free agency.
Looking forward to the upcoming games, the Celtics will go up against the Houston Rockets (ranked 8th overall with 43.0 rpg) and Charlotte Bobcats (ranked 15th in the rebounding category with 42.0 rpg). This will be a true test to see if the green has progressed and developed into a rebounding team.
Carmelo Anthony meets Kevin Garnett by the bus after game:
In the fourth quarter in last night’s game, Carmelo Anthony got into an altercation with Kevin Garnett after he gave Garnett a blow to the head on his way to the basket. In result, both players were thrown out of the contest in receiving double technical fouls.
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New York’s superstar was in a shooting slump (6-for-26 from the field) all night. His struggles led to his next move–
meeting and having a confrontation with Garnett at Boston’s team bus. Police separated the two to stop the escalation of the 28-year-old’s actions.
There is no word right now if Anthony will receive any discipline for his move, but a rivalry is in the making with these two teams as Iman Shumpert tweets:
Cleared for full contact by the team Doctors! Let the countdown begin!!! I live for games like last night. See you soon Boston. #post90s
— Iman Shumpert
As Shumpert stated “see you soon Boston,” the Knicks will get another crack at the Celtics on Thursday, January 24th at 8 p.m. on TNT in the TD Garden.
BEST OF MAXIM
After hitting a big shot that would lead to a Boston Celtics 102-96 victory, Celtics forward Paul Pierce decided to do a little bit of taunting towards Knicks fans at Madison Square Garden.Watch as he blows one single kiss to the crowd while back-pedaling:(Courtesy of Pass the Pill)
Maybe the greatest win of the season so far? I haven't really had a lot of ill will against the Knicks, but maybe that's because the Celtics always beat the Knicks. Reading through the comments, it's pretty evident that that's why. The Knicks fans hate the Celtics. It's great to see how much they fear Paul Pierce. It seems like Pierce always has great games at...
Knicks fans have to be the most classless in the league. They even have the Lakers and Heat fans beat for having the least class in the league. They even beat the Nets fans even though they are now in the same city. Any time you see fans wishing death or injury on a player, all class has left the building. They really had no room to complain about the officials either...
"I'm coming for ya Ray."
Paul Pierce is number 23 on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Ray Allen is number 22. Pierce has been creeping up on Allen all season, and his 23 points in Monday's victory at New York gave the Captain 23,268 for his career. Meanwhile Ray went scoreless (0-5 from the field, 0-4 on threes) in Miami's loss to Indiana last night...
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce blew a kiss to New York Knicks fans at Madison Square Garden after hitting a 21-footer to seal the win for the Celtics.
The basket by Pierce gave the Celtics a 6 point lead with 45 seconds left and put the game out of reach. Pierce led the Celtics in scoring during Monday night's 102-96 victory over the Knicks.
Paul Pierce scored 23 points, and the Boston Celtics beat the New York Knicks 102-96 on Monday night in a heated first meeting of the season between the Atlantic Division rivals.
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Paul Pierce is this generations Reggie Miller for us Knicks fans. Tonight, watching this game, I thought the intensity was great. The fight and passion was fun to see and both teams wanted this game badly. It is so difficult to...
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Here are highlight videos of three players who had excellent games last night in a win against the New York Knicks. All of these videos and more can be found here.
Jared Sullinger: 10 Points, 5 Rebounds
Avery Bradley: 13 Points, 5 Assists, 3 Rebounds
Paul Pierce: 23 Points, 6 Assists, 3 Rebounds
One of the few items missing from Paul Pierce‘s repertoire is the lack of a trademark celebratory gesture. In more than 14 years in the NBA, Pierce has offered little along the lines of Jason Terry‘s “Jet” flight or Kevin Garnett‘s vicious chest-pound. He has nothing as subtle as LeBron James‘ superhero pose or as unconcealed as Russell Westbrook‘s primal yell. Whenever...
After every game, we’ll take stock of how each individual performance affects the player’s overall value.
Offense: Defense: Overall:
Kind of a blah effort from Rondo for most of the night. He looked aggressive early, and he had spurts of energy, but overall, not much to speak of. He had more energy directing the defense from the bench...
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Wow. After Rondo’s suspension this afternoon expectations were low for tonight, but the Celtics came together and won what turned out to be a thrilling game. There wasn’t a single Celtic that didn’t contribute tonight, and the C’s emerged victorious in a game where toughness and composure proved to be the difference. Lets get to the bullet points:Paul Pierce found himself...
Tip: 7:30PM Court: Madison Square Garden Watch it: CSNNE Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Tony Brothers, Dick Bavetta and Violet Palmer
Tickets to this and other great Celtics game
On road: 6-11
At home: 13-3
Streak: Won 2
Streak: Won 2
Buckets: Pierce (19.8 ppg)
Buckets: Carmelo Anthony (29.3 ppg...