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The Knicks took a very crucial game one in this best of seven series first round playoff match-up against the Boston Celtics. Even without the youth or talent of past years, the Celtics still know how to turn it up a notch come playoff time. The Knicks had real trouble slowing them down in the beginning of the game. They gave up twenty nine first quarter points to the Celtics but the defense thankfully got better from there allowing a lesser score in each quarter as the game went on. The Knicks were a little out of sync from the start and really needed Carmelo Anthony to play great for them to be in the game. He did just that, Anthony was terrific the whole game knocking down big shot after big shot in this well contested contest.
The lead for either team never grew to double digits, and the Knicks didn’t really get a good grip on things until about halfway through the fourth quarter. Without a doubt the Knicks played a better second half then the first one. In fact the last quarter was their best played because they only allowed eight points to the Celtics in it. Also they won the turnover battle, a big thing they had been doing all year long was forcing turnovers and they did just that. It really helped because they weren’t really stopping the Celtics consistently in the beginning so the turnovers they forced helped them get more shots on the basket than Boston. This way they were able to withstand the first quarter offensive onslaught and get themselves right back into it.
Tyson Chandler sat late in the game with Kenyon Martin playing the big crucial minutes. Hopefully its not indicative of a injury but nonetheless Martin played extremely effectively late in the game. He came up with a huge easy dunk and a block late that seemed to help spark the Knicks. If this game is any indication of the rest of the series, it means that this should be a terrific playoff match-up. It should be well fought, physical and could last a long time. Hopefully the Knicks are able to take the next game and head into Boston up 2-0, that would really put the pressure on the Celtics to win both of their home games.
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