Originally written January 08, 2013 on Atlantic Twine:
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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. Photo by Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports 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. Photo by Chris Trotman 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. Photo by Debby Wong/USA TODAY Sports 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.
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