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10 Reasons…Why the Celtics Lost to the Knicks

This is the first installment of 10 Reasons… to add a different spin to each Celtics win or loss this season.

Knicks (3-2) beat Celtics (3-2), 94-87
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10. Kendrick Perkins did not play. He’s gonna be a big part of the team this season, and in his place was Brian Scalibrine. Perk was supposed to help KG down low with Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph, but instead those duties were left to Scal (more on him in a second). Hey, look at the bright side: Perk didn’t have any personal fouls…

9. Scal did not have a strong game at center for the C’s. He shot 2-7 (1-5 from beyond the arc) and grabbed a whopping one rebound. Even worse, Scal registered 5 personal fouls. This is why the Celtics need a legitimate backup center. Scal doesn’t cut it at the position, he’s more suited for a small forward role. I guess you can’t blame him when he’s pressed into service.

8. The other replacement center, Leon Powe, also had a rough game, going 2-7 from the field with 5 poins and 4 rebounds. He also had a ridiculous 5 personal fouls. It’s hard to play who you want depending on the situation when your two centers get in foul trouble so early.

7. As a team, the Celtics shot just 36.4% from the field. That just won’t cut it in the NBA, especially against teams designed to take high percentage shots like the Knicks. If Isiah is smart, he centers his offense this year around PF Zach Randolph and C Eddy Curry. They are more apt to take the easy shots down low.

6. Nate Robinson had a ridiculous game off the bench, scoring 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting. The 5’9″ guard also grabbed 9 rebounds and dished out four assists. Little guys like this should not have games like he did. With Perk in the lineup, our size will be improved around the rim. If he spends most of his time shooting, then we need better perimeter defense from the rest of the rotation.

5. Knicks forward David Lee also had a great game off the bench, scoring 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting. More importantly, Lee grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds (6 of those offensive rebounds). Adding Lee’s production on the boards with Curry and Randolph, and that’s a pretty scary lineup up front for the Knicks.

4. Starting point guard Rajon Rondo played 38 minutes, which is a good thing. The bad thing is in that those 38 minutes, Rondo only had one assist. ONE assist. Only one of his passes directly turned into Celtics points. The C’s will obviously need more production from Rondo in the assist department this season.

3. Celtics guard Ray Allen had a miserable game shooting the basketball, going 3-13 from the field and just 1-of-6 from beyond the arc. While he did have 3 assists, he also had 3 turnovers. If Allen makes closer to his normal percentage of shots, then the C’s probably win this game. To top it off, KG fouled out. It definitely was a tough night for 2 members of the Big Three.

2. Zach Randolph gave a really good effort for the Knicks last night. Randolph contributed 23 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and a nasty 5 steals. For a change, Randolph played well defensively. He’s notorious for having more turnovers than blocks, steals, and assists combined (the Eddy Curry Line), but this game he had 7 “good” stats compared to just three turnovers. He’s gonna be a nice addition to Knicks’ frontcourt this season.

1. None of the PGA (Pierce, Garnett, Allen) scored in the fourth quarter. The Celtics entered the period down by just 5, but never could seem to get over the hump and get closer to victory. It doesn’t help when your three top projected scorers all do not score in the quarter. If they get any such production from their superstars, the C’s have a lot better chance. They will have no chance in tight games this season if Pierce, Garnett, and Allen are absent in the final frame.

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8 comments for “10 Reasons…Why the Celtics Lost to the Knicks”

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    Posted by Celtics 24/7 » Blog Archive » Today’s Links 10/24 | October 24, 2007, 10:09 am
  2. Did it occur to anyone else that the reason Rajon only had one assist was because no one could hit their shots?

    Just wondering.

    Posted by Miranda | October 24, 2007, 10:35 am
  3. Still only one assist is bad. I’d like to see how many chances he had for an assist and how many people missed. Maybe he just didn’t choose the right people to give it off too.

    Posted by Dan | October 24, 2007, 12:20 pm
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    Posted by Blog » Blog Archive » Wednesday’s Links | October 24, 2007, 1:32 pm
  5. Miranda, valid point. But the team scored 87 points! Our starting point guard that played 38 minutes made one pass the whole game that translated into points. I know its the preseason, but his passing performance bears watching…

    Posted by KC | October 24, 2007, 4:55 pm
  6. The only problem and only reason we lost to the knicks was the lack of perk (besides of course that the knicks were out for revenge playing like a playoff game and the celts werent trying until midway thru the third quarter). KG can only lock down on one of those 300 pounders, perk or at least pollard is NEEDED to lock down on the other.On offense it doesnt matter much because KG dominates down low anyways, but having Perk to pass to for a dunk when his man leaves him is much better than scal at the 3 point line, although scal does pull the big out and give more room to work, kind of. Kind of because Perk is running around setting screens and doesnt get in the way of KG operating down low, in a single coverage KG scores 9 out of 10 times, and if the double comes he finds the open man every time. Seriously though, The knicks played for revenge, and went up by as much as 20 points, and then the Celtics began trying and cut it down to a 2 point lead in less than 12 minutes.

    All in all its preseason, and the team is a GREAT team, theyre basically a western powerhouse dropped out east into the titanic division. (Im not a boston fan, I dont like boston, but I did get league pass to watch this team), Theyre gonna be a powerhouse, its hilarious that some of you are actually nervous. I will admit that the only reason there would be to be nervous is if indeed Perk and Pollard both are out. Otherwise the Knicks have no chance even if they do play twice as hard. Prepare to win the East, at least Boston. And jeesh, be happy for once. This is the celtics, the winningest franchise in NBA history, the quintessential champion, and they just landed the best 7 footer in the league besides Tim Duncan and put the best team around him that he has ever had, with a core of 2 superstars and he’s never even had 1 to play with. They are LOADED, and they are BACK, as they should be, its the celtics. Not the redsox, be happy and be a CELTIC fan, that means arrogant and knowing its a matter of time til youre in the finals. Which IS the truth, look at your team and then look at the east, you know its the truth.

    Posted by Steve | October 24, 2007, 6:00 pm
  7. Garnet at 6’11”, after that only Scal at 6’9″, rest of team shorter.

    Posted by Frankie G | October 25, 2007, 12:15 am
  8. Steve – nice enthusiasm. I agree with just about everything you said

    Frankie G – Yeah that’s as big as we got that game. We were missing Perk (6’10”) and Pollard (6’11”), but I really think this team could get taller by adding a backup big man (PJ Brown anybody?). Only problem is that adding another player would have to be a veteran minimum deal because we are at or right near the salary cap for the season.

    Posted by KC | October 25, 2007, 3:10 am

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