Quick Recap: Knicks vs. Celtics

Of course.

The Celtics close the game on a 12-4 run to capture the lead and the win. Melo busted his ass all game to put the Knicks in the driver’s seat, but while his teammates were shitting the game away, Kristaps Porzingis was rotting on the bench. The Knicks were cold, and the Celtics forced the ball out of Melo’s hands. No Porzingis. The Celtics drove straight to the hoop again, and again, and again. No Porzingis.

Until the last minute or two, when Kurt Rambis decided to play offense/defense with the 2nd best rookie in the league, Kristaps had played under 20 minutes.

I really don’t feel like writing much more than this. Isaiah Thomas predictably shredded our backcourt. His starting mate, Avery Bradley, didn’t seem to have it against the Knicks again, but Evan Turner went Super Saiyan, posting and toasting every inept Knicks guard and carrying the Boston offense for long stretches in the second half. Calderon and Afflalo actually held their own on offense tonight despite getting roasted on the other end. The two took turns during the 3rd quarter blundering the Celtics into a lead.

This is a tough one. Be kind to yourself and others.

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20 thoughts to “Quick Recap: Knicks vs. Celtics”

  1. Let’s talk about good teams. DeRozan is about to tie Dominique’s record for most FTs without a miss 23/23 and Lillard is gonna lose with 47.

  2. DeMar misses the 25th FT to lose the record but seal the game. I guess he’ll have to settle for $130 million or whatever.

  3. Did Rambideau blame the crowd noise on why he could not signal a out of bounds play?

  4. Apparently Rambis told the media that he thinks the Knicks “won” tonight. The power of positive thinking!

  5. A win would have been nice but if this contributes at all to ensuring that Rambis is not the coach next year it is well worth it.

  6. I wonder if there is anyone on earth that didn’t know that the Knicks were going to give up an easy basket when up 104-103 and that Melo was going to wind up taking a bad shot and missing on the last possession. That last possession was Melo’s entire career summed up in 20 seconds. Give the ball to Melo, everyone clear out, waste the entire possession dribbling to nowhere, put yourself in a terrible position, take a bad shot and pray….a prayer that is rarely answered.

  7. If Phil fired Fisher for, uh, non-basketball reasons that’s fine. If he fired him because he thought Kurt Rambis would be a better coach we got real problems. I’ve thought Phil has been acceptably mediocre so far-hes generally been good at avoidibg big mistakes, but he’s fucked up a lot of the small stuff. That’s not great, but I can live with it. This shitshow is worrying. Coach Phil liked to let his players play, but a GM has a different responsibility. Sign a guard or two and tell Rambis to play the kids no matter what

  8. Posting from the other thread:

    Is it possible that Kurt Rambis is the worst coach in the NBA, even worse than the dreaded Byron Scott?

    I’m not sure that he IS worse than Byron, but the fact that I don’t immediately reject the idea isn’t promising.

  9. I just saw this stat on NBA TV:

    Melo is now 2 for 22 over the past four seasons on last 10 second shots with a chance to win or tie the game.

    Not very elite-like.

  10. Is it possible that Kurt Rambis is the worst coach in the NBA, even worse than the dreaded Byron Scott?

    I wonder if there is an even worse coach from the ’87 Lakers that we don’t even know about yet?

  11. I wonder if there is an even worse coach from the ’87 Lakers that we don’t even know about yet?

    Didn’t Magic coach the Lakers for like a dozen games or so? And was so bad he’s never even been considered for a head coaching job ever again?

  12. I’m trying to figure out why Melo played 40 minutes and Porzingis, with 1 foul, played only 20 minutes. How does this make sense?

  13. I wonder if there is an even worse coach from the ’87 Lakers that we don’t even know about yet?

    Ha! I think that there’s definitely this weird association with players on great teams that really doesn’t always translate. “Byron Scott and Derek Fisher both played on multiple title-winning teams, therefore they must know how to win, right?”

    It’s the same theory that led to Isiah becoming, well, you know, Isiah.

    As to the initial question, I don’t even think Rambis is all that much worse than Fisher. He’s worse, but not by a large margin. So no, Scott is still much worse. Although Rambis has patented Scott’s “I’m going to act like I’m the smart one here even though I’m failing miserably” smug routine. Fisher thankfully never acted like that. Heck, we all made fun of some of Woody’s reactions to things, but the dude was never smug, at least.

  14. Only reason I can see for Rambis sitting KP down for most of the second half is to preserve him in the middle of a back to back game schedule. I think the goal is to make sure KP doesn’t wear down or get injured from playing too many minutes in what has become another wasted season of non-playoff contention. If that is the case then I can’t hate on Rambis for making this move because KP’s long-term goal of getting through the season healthy is more important than beating the Celtics.

  15. KP looked really winded tonight. I didn’t mind that too much. It was the no minutes for Grant that got me. And okay, he also should have had Porzingis back earlier in the fourth, but still, overall, Porzingis looked very gassed tonight.

  16. KP looked really winded tonight. I didn’t mind that too much. It was the no minutes for Grant that got me. And okay, he also should have had Porzingis back earlier in the fourth, but still, overall, Porzingis looked very gassed tonight.

    Which probably has to do with Rambis’ insistence that KP work harder down low in the post despite his slight frame. Its just terrible how clueless this guy is.

  17. http://www.nba.com/2016/news/03/04/two-time-nba-all-star-baron-davis-begins-comeback-in-d-league.ap/

    Good for him, though in most seasons I would be terrified of this news because we’re likely to get an even more “veteran” backcourt player soon, but I feel like at this point (and last season…) why the hell not. Drop Sasha, Lou, Lance, and Seraphin and Bring back Jeffries, TDDWTDD, the unanimated corpse of Mike Bibby, and relive the “good old days.” Hell, this might be the perfect opportunity for a comeback bid for the Boston’s pg’s namesake.

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