Thursday, May 2, 2013

Game Notes: Knicks vs. Celtics Game Five

Photo by: Mike Segar - Reuters

Now, this is a series. Knicks and Celtics go back to Boston for Game Six on May 3rd at 7:00 pm. Boston won last night 92-86. The Celtics looked really good, while the Knicks looked lackluster to say the least. After going up 3-0, the Knicks are traveling back to Boston up just 3-2. Let's not choke here, fellas. A couple thoughts and notes on the Celtics' win.

Kevin Garnett's Great Game

Garnett was great in this game. Not only did he help create foul trouble for the Knicks big men (Martin and Chandler had a combined five fouls before the eight minute mark in the second quarter), but he also finished with 16 points, 18 rebounds, and five assists. His ability to effect both sides of the court was one of the big reasons why Boston won this game.

Jason Terry Again

17 points. 5 three-pointers. Terry off the bench making a huge contribution after being non-existent in the first three games.

Knicks And The Pace

I found myself at times begging the Knicks to push the pace. Not only were there a lack of steals in this game, but Felton and Prigioni weren't pushing the ball as much as I liked. Also, let's just stop with Melo bringing the ball up. I'm fine with him getting the ball in the frontcourt, but there's zero reason why he should be pushing the ball.

The Offense Has Become Iso Heavy

The Knicks were pretty bad on offense. The biggest reason? The Knicks went heavy on isolation. For the game, New York had 23 of their 81 shot attempts from the isolation position, and they only made seven. 7-23. That's an awful 30.4%. It's not like the Knicks are terrible in isolation sets, ranking 7th out of 30 teams, but when the shot isn't falling, the Knicks needed to command more pick and rolls. Novak was out, so that left them down a shooter, but the offense grew stagnant.


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