They pulled out all the stops in this one. They went to extreme lengths and magnificent efforts to rally the home team as they came into Boston down two games to nothing but it wasn’t enough to stop the new and improved Knicks. The Knicks were swept by the Celtics just two years ago and I’m sure its still fresh in the minds of the Knicks that were on the team that year. No doubt they would love to return the favor and sweep the Celtics out this year. Last night they came one win away from doing exactly that.
The Knicks led by Carmelo Anthony, who had a terrific game, were able to pull away in the third straight game in this series and beat the Celtics in the first game on their home-court. Anthony started the game slow but kept shooting with confidence and eventually got hot. He knocked down a bunch of shots in the third quarter to help the Knicks start pulling away to win. He has been playing some amazing basketball this series, if he keeps it up theres no reason why they shouldn’t be able to go far into the playoffs. The team really does go as he goes and right now he is going great.
This game wasn’t all good news though, late in the game J.R. Smith made a move that reminded us of his earlier days when he simply played and didn’t think. He threw an elbow while pivoting with the ball and hit Jason Terry right in the face. Granted, Terry did sell it a little extra by falling down Smith could face a suspension.
He was also tossed from the game at that point and luckily the Knicks already had things pretty much wrapped up and out of reach by that point. Still its a dumb move and something they cannot afford to happen in another series. They’re very lucky this is coming at a time when the Knicks are already up three games to none on them. If it had happened in game two then who knows maybe this game isn’t so easy to win. Smith has become an integral part of things for this team they can ill-afford to lose him for extended time.
-By Daniel Karpin
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