In honor of the ‘Bockers’ league-leading winning streak, it’s Magic 8 ball time! Will the Knicks win today’s game v. the Right Proper Bostonians? (Shake, shake) “All Signs Point To…” Fer Chrissakes, I can’t read this thing. The little cube isn’t floating to the surface anymore and the water’s gotten all muddy. And who broke my Stretch Armstrong doll? The goo is getting everywhere. Oh well. Since beloved childhood toys can’t provide the answers to these pressing questions, we turned to Brian Robb of from our fellow TrueHoop dealership, CelticsHub.com, for a few keen insights into today’s titanic tilt:
1. The Celtics got off to a great start after Rondo’s injury, but they’ve tailed off quite dramatically of late. Is it just Garnett’s/Lee’s absence, or are there other, more deeply-seeded issues? What else’s gone wrong?
It’s been more injuries than anything else in my opinion. KG has been banged up for awhile now, but an underlying factor has been the shooting slump of Avery Bradley. He’s been atrocious for the past month or so offensively, and that’s tough for a team that struggles to score points. Combine that with a lack of depth and a number of new faces that Doc Rivers didn’t trust yet and you have a recipe for a swoon.
He was definitely starting to hit his stride in January right before Rondo went down, but he’s taken it to a new level without the All-Star point guard. It’s easy to forgot that this guy missed all of last season, so it definitely took awhile for him to get the trust off and regain his confidence. There’s no denying though that the C’s new spread offense gives him a much better role in the offense. He’s getting the ball in better places now and he’s making the most of it. No word on whether his watching old James Worthy tapes all season has also helped Green, but it’s a possibility.
3. Knick-Celtic games have been incredibly hard-fought, close games of late (cf L’Affaire Honey Nut Cheerios). What’s your prediction for this one?
I like the Knicks in this one. Boston is struggling defensively without Garnett and with J.R. Smith rolling, it’ll be tough for Boston to contain him, Carmelo and all the three-point shooters on the road. With that said, it will be closer than last time, because Rivers has finally realized he needs a true big on the floor, instead of trying to play Jeff Green or Brandon Bass at center most of the game.
Thanks Brian! All your in-game thoughts go here. Happy Easter, everyone.