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Theory and Proof: Knicks beat Celts with defense

Posted on: December 25, 2011 5:19 pm
Edited on: December 25, 2011 9:41 pm
 
By Matt Moore

Carmelo AnthonyTheory: The Knicks are still learning defense but they have a path to it.

Proof: For a quarter it certainly looked like the Knicks were the same team they always have been under Mike D'Antoni. But excepting the third quarter 35-17 meltdown by the New York Knicks, the home team put in the effort and technique on the defensive end, and that's what led to their two-point win over the same team who swept them in last year's playoffs, the Boston Celtics. Well, that and Carmelo Anthony.

But outside of that horrific run to start the second half, the Knicks showed what you want to see if you're a New York fan. They were active defensively, especially when Tyson Chandler was in the game. They repeatedly attacked the Celtics at the rim (11 blocked shots). They held a huge advanteage on the offensive glass until the third quarter which accounts for a signifianct portion of Boston's advantage on the glass.

There was a different feel for the Knicks, who wound up winning the game by defending a Kevin Garnett fadeaway jumper well enough. The Knicks also flashed a new attitude, repeatedly standing up to Boston's bullying approach, concluding with Bill Walker getting in Garnett's grill after his miss, then taking a shot to the throat from Garnett. This is an ugly, tense, rivalry that gets nastier with every game.

And for once, it looks like the Knicks are ready to bow up to the bullies. Throw in the best scoring frontcourt in the league and the Knicks have their season off to the start they wanted. Even despite that third quarter.
Comments

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:14 am
 

Theory and Proof: Knicks beat Celts with defense

Come playoff time Mike D's teams don't play DEFENSE. Yes, the playofffs are a couple months away. And this was just one game. The Celtics scored over 100 points without Pierce. Rondo lead the Celts in scoring with 31 points. If that continues, PG thrashing the Knicks for points, then the Knicks are in trouble. If you cant defend the opposing PG then it creates holes in your defense, no matter who you have at the rim. If the defense has truly improved, give this Knick team a couple of weeks and see what their record is then. I know Basketball fans want to have something to cheer about but its still 1 game AND it was against one of the oldest teams in the league. The Knicks will probably be one of the more exciting team in the league, scoring points and playing selfish basketball. However, the have very little leadership, losing Billups will affect this team during playoff time and crucial times in the 4th quarter. Maybe B Diddy can have the same effect or try to mimmick what Billups brought to the team last year. But he has back issues and not known for being a good defender. I think the Knicks can make the playoff and should be higher seeded than they were last year, IF they play this DEFENSE that this article alludes to.



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:13 am
 

Theory and Proof: Knicks beat Celts with defense

skinsfn.. lol last year melo owned pierce.. if not for the usual pierce dramatics melo would have taken ny up two games on his own... and please try and read up on your xs and os its not all just about names ..



Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:34 am
 

Theory and Proof: Knicks beat Celts with defense

Just goes to show that all the NBA you need to watch is the last 2 minutes. The 46 minutes before that doesn't matter. And Stern is an idiot.



Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:00 am
 

Theory and Proof: Knicks beat Celts with defense

See today even came with a Christmas present for Celtics fans, a built in excuse.  You didn't have Pierce, but next time we'll have a legitimate PG on the floor in Baron Davis.  Whatever, we beat you and that's good enough for me for the first game of this shortened season.



Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2011 10:30 pm
 

Theory and Proof: Knicks beat Celts with defense

No your point is null. With Pierce the Knicks were knocked out of the playoffs In Four with Carmelos damage done.



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2011 8:49 pm
 

Theory and Proof: Knicks beat Celts with defense

haha ok .. rondo is the celts best all around player as a celts fan you should know that. pierce would not have made a huge difference. melo abused him in the playoffs last year so your point is null. pierce is aging quickly and it suited the celts well to get the floor spacing they did with rondo and allen. stay arrogant and classy boston fans merry xmas and enjoy the loss.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Theory and Proof: Knicks beat Celts with defense

Lets see haw the game goes when the Celtics have their best all-around player on the floor, Paul Pierce. The Celtics would have stomped the Knicks if Pierce had been in the game. Get em next time C's!<br /> 




Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Theory and Proof: Knicks beat Celts with defense

The Knicks were the Bullies and the referees helped them.



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Theory and Proof: Knicks beat Celts with defense

If the Knicks really commit to defense they are a top 3 team in the East. Even if they don't they are at the least a top 6 team. Nice to see a good team in New York again.


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