Monday, April 29, 2013

Game Notes: Knicks vs Celtics Game Four

I just have two notes from game four. Not that I'm upset the Knicks lost, but because I'm running late for class. Again, two notes. One for each team. Congrats to the Boston Celtics for winning game four and avoiding the sweep. Even hobbled, this team didn't lay down, so you have to show respect. Shoutout to my team's fat Buddha point guard Raymond Felton for bringing us back in the third, and welcome back J.R. Smith to this series after sitting out one game for hitting Jason Terry in the face.

Knicks: Iman Shumpert Continues To Impress

Say what you want about New York fans overrating Iman Shumpert. He's not a player on the level Avery Bradley, nor is he Chicago's Jimmy Butler level. However, coming off that ACL tear last April, Iman Shumpert is back. Yesterday, Shumpert finished with 12 points on 5-13 shooting, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks, and two steals. Needless to say, Shumpert was everywhere yesterday, and in that three guard lineup, he's just destructive defensively on Pierce. His shooting numbers are poor, but the ball looks good coming off his hands now. I'm excited for Iman in the future, and if the Knicks do move on to face either Indiana or Atlanta, I'm curious to see how Mike Woodson deploys him on the defensive end.

Sidebar: Iman, I apologize for saying the Knicks should've traded you for Jared Dudley. Once a Knick, Always a Knick. Speaking of former Knicks, shout-out to Nate Robinson of the Chicago Bulls for putting Brooklyn in a 3-1 hole in their playoff series.

Celtics: Jason Terry Comes Up Big

In a game where the Celtics saw Avery Bradley go 1-7 from the field, Jordan Crawford go 1-5 from the field, and Courtney Lee receive the DNP-CD, it was refreshing to see Jason Terry earn a paycheck. Terry scored the final nine points in overtime for Boston, as he finished with 18 points on 7-10 shooting and 4 assists. For the first time all series, I felt like "Where's Jason Terry on the court?" was a legitimate question. That final basket off the Kevin Garnett illegal screen screen from Kevin Garnett was huge for not only Boston, but Terry's mental status going into game five. If Terry can somehow sustain this, it will be interesting to see if the Knicks have some trouble to deal with on Wednesday.

That's all I got. The Knicks and Celtics play on Wednesday, May 1st at Madison Square Garden.


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