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The Celtics took care of the Knicks 109-93 at Madison Square Garden behind a career-high 24 points from Kendrick Perkins. The center’s perks include those 24 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 blocked shot. Perk shot 9-12 (75%) from the field and a perfect 6-6 from the FT line.
Knicks big men Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph couldn’t contain the Celtics big men (Perk or Kevin Garnett) and as a result, they fell at home by 16 points. This must happen a lot to the Knicks, as they are now 13-28 on the season and 0-2 against the team with the NBA’s best record (33-6), your Boston Celtics.
Garnett went off after Perk cooled off in the second half, finishing with 20 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, and 1 steal. Perk and KG were just too much for the Knicks, who still got good games from Eddy Curry (19 points) and especially from Zach Randolph. Randolph finished with 24 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals.
The Celtics look like they’re in a shooting groove again. They outshot the Knicks 54.7% – 43.2%. The game was won at the 3-pt line too, as the C’s went 4-11 (36.4%) which is decent, but wait til you see how the Knicks shot. New York went an atrocious 1-15 (6.7%) from beyond the arc. You will not win many games shooting that poorly.
I feel if you miss 14 3-pt shots, you’ve wasted numerous opportunities. The Knicks would be at least within 10 if they sought a higher-percentage shot some of those times. It’s just one of those things, if the Knicks went 14-15, they would’ve won and I wouldn’t be pointing the shot selection issue out. Definitely a catch-22.
In other Celtics news, point guard Rajon Rondo returned after a 2-game absence, getting 14 points, 2 assists, and 4 steals. I hope Rondo takes it slow at first to ensure he’ll remain healthy because back injuries can be tricky ones. If we end up signing Damon Stoudamire, that will help things for Rondo too.
Next time the Celtics play is Wednesday night in Boston against the Raptors and Sports of Boston writers Jeff and myself will be in attendance. The C’s will look to continue their league dominance and their perfect record within the Atlantic Division (10-0 after yesterday’s win).