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Hustle. Heart. Focus.
This is what the Celtics need from each and every player for the rest of this series. They're down 2-0 and there is no more room for errors. Absolutely none.
I really thought that the Celtics would be able to "flip the switch" now that it's the playoffs, but it looks like the bad habits they developed over the course of the season have caught up with them. Bad passes, failure to get rebounds, and an over-reliance on Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to make things happen has led to the current situation that they're in.
The way I see it right now is that the Celtics have cruised into this series with the same regular season mentality. This is NOT the Knicks team of previous seasons. Carmelo Anthony and team are on a mission, and you can see it in their eyes. You can see the hustle, heart, and focus. Do the Celtics have it in them? Can they match the Knicks' energy and intensity? We've seen glimpses of it during games 1 and 2, but we need to see it on every play and possession.
We need to see more of Jeff Green's greatness. We need more Jason Terry's 3-point shooting. We need more rebounds and aggressive defense from Brandon Bass. Most of all, we need more acrobatic shots from Jordan Crawford. Bottom line: We need more from everybody. We need to see the same team basketball full of hustle, heart and focus like that joyful/heartbreaking Sunday without Rajon Rondo when they rallied together to win against the Heat.
Hopefully things will change this Friday when they get to play in front of the home crowd. A little home cooking always seems to do the players good. Also, they should have this video on loop in the locker room before the game...
I've always believed that basketball is 10% physical and 90% mental, but it's also 1000% HEART. Let's see if the Celtics will show us theirs on Friday night.
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Kevin Garnett suffered a minor hip injury and continues to suffer from bone spurs in his foot and ankle, according to ESPN Boston’s Jackie MacMullan. In her latest column, MacMullan says team sources confirmed Thursday that the injuries “remain a hindrance” but insist Garnett will play in Game 3. The hip injury appeared to have occurred in Game 2 Wednesday night in New York...
Last night during Game 2, Kevin Garnett suffered a hip-injury related to a hip pointer Rotoworld reported. Makes sense why Kevin was looking fatigued, and frustrated the whole game. With all the bogus fouls and missed shots, KG needs to have a better game 3 for us to have any chance. At least he is able to practice on Thursday and hopefully will be ready for Friday's game, thank...
I’m concerned you guys. Once I saw Kevin Garnett grab is hip in game 2’s loss I knew we were in for a whole heap of hurt, no pun intended. This team’s playoff run will live and die with KG, who at age 36 the bumps and bruises take a little bit longer to heal regardless of if you’re a 6’11 badass. In Jackie Mac’s piece yesterday, which the great Vandeusen wrote about here...
Kevin Garnett walked over to the Boston bench, nursing a sore hip and Celtics coach Doc Rivers asked repeatedly if his big man needed a break.
It was going to take more than that to knock Garnett out of the playoffs.
''He's good. He's good to go,'' Rivers said Wednesday during a conference call with reporters. ''He'll practice tomorrow, and he...
8 a.m. ET: Welcome back, Celtics.
After more than two weeks without a home game, the Celtics take the court at TD Garden on Friday for something very close to a must-win game. Trailing the Knicks 2-0 in their best-of-seven series in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Celtics need a win or they can start making their early-summer plans immediately.
Doc Rivers says Kevin Garnett suffered a hip pointer in Game 2 against the Knicks. See the video evidence above.
The injury will not prevent KG from practicing or playing in Game 3. Shocking.
As for why Jordan Crawford is playing significant minutes over Courtney Lee, Doc said:
“I think offensively he gives you a better shot at it.”
On the team’s effort:
At the end of the day...
Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images Celtics’ lack of talent catching up with them Just last season, the Oklahoma City Thunder went down 0-2 before rallying to beat the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. That is unusual. So unusual in fact, that only 14 other teams in the history of the league have accomplished the feat. In the NBA, teams that lose the first...
Here from KG, Jason Terry, Paul Pierce, and Carmelo Anthony following the Celtics loss in Game 2.
Videos courtesy of Mike Petraglia.
After the sloppy play featured in the second half of the series opener, Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics will look to redeem themselves in Game 2 this evening at MSG. Turnovers plagued the Celtics late in Game 1 but the atrocious efforts put forth by the bench are what ultimately did them in. While Carmelo Anthony led the way with 36 points, it was the New York Knicks bench that...
Unlike a lot of people, after last night's loss, I'm not ready to bury the Celtics just yet. They are down 0-2 but they are going home, where they play much better. If they can win their home games, it's tied 2-2 and then they just need to steal one game out of the 2 left in NY. I agree with Doc that the fouls on KG were horrendous and even the Knicks fans recognized...
After collapsing in game 1, the Celtics will continue their first round series with the Knicks tonight at MSG. They need to win this one. A loss tonight would be a huge punch in the stomach. They need to focus for 48 minutes, not just 36. Here are tonight's five things:
5. MORE SHOTS FOR BASS:
In Game 1, Brandon Bass scored just four points on two-of-two shooting. If they are...
Knicks 87, Celtics 71
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Things have been anything but simple for the Celtics, who have shot a combined 14-for-62 (22.6 percent) after halftime through two games. As a result of that horrid offense, the C’s have been outscored, 81-48...
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Game 1 leading scorers:
Boston: Jeff Green (26 pts, 8-15 fg, 3-5 3pt, 7-7 ft)
New York: Carmelo...