Scoreboard Watching: Celtics’ Slide Continues With Loss to NY
The Boston Celtics are hobbling to the finish line, literally and figuratively.
All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo is done for the season, and recent injuries to Courtney Lee and Kevin Garnett have forced Boston’s bench players to step up.
So far, it hasn’t worked out.
The New York Knicks thumped the Celtics 100-85 on Boston’s floor Tuesday night, pushing themselves into second place in the East and sending Boston back yet again. The Celtics’ lead over the Milwaukee Bucks is just 1.5 games, and they now fall 2.5 back of the sixth place Hawks. If the Celtics keep playing like this, Jason Terry will get his wish in playing the Heat in the playoffs.
All other East contenders were off Tuesday night.
Biggest winner: Knicks
J.R. Smith scored 32 points to help the Knicks reclaim second place in the conference. New York no doubt wants that two spot. A second-round matchup with the Indiana Pacers looks likely should both teams get through round one, and home-court advantage may be the difference in deciding who goes to the conference finals.
Biggest loser: Celtics
Boston has problems. They need to get healthy, but more importantly, they need to start playing defense the way we all know they can. Otherwise, the Bucks may slip past them, in which case the Celtics are looking at a first-round series with the Heat.
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