Monday, April 15, 2024

Boston Celtics (44-12) at New York Knicks (34-22) Sport #57 2/24/24


The Celtics search for their eighth straight win as they go to the New York Knicks at Madison Sq. Backyard. That is the 4th of 5 video games between these two groups this season. The Celtics are 3-0 thus far, profitable 108-104 in New York on 10/25, 114-98 in Boston on 11/13, and 133-123 in Boston on 12/18. They’ve yet one more recreation after this one on April 11.

The Celtics stay first within the East, 7.5 video games forward of 2nd place Cleveland, 8.5 video games forward of third place Milwaukee, 10 video games forward of 4th place New York, 11 video games forward of fifth place Philadelphia, and 12.5 video games forward of sixth place Indiana. They’re 18-9 on the highway and 9-1 of their final 10 video games. They’re 31-6 towards Japanese Convention groups and 13-1 towards Atlantic Division groups. They’ve gained their final 7 video games. (Milwaukee continues to be enjoying as I write this).

The Knicks are 4th within the East, 10 video games behind 1st place Boston, 2.5 video games behind 2nd place Cleveland, and 1.5 recreation behind third place Milwaukee. They’re 1 video games forward of fifth place Philadelphia, 2.5 video games forward of sixth place Indiana and three video games forward of seventh place Orlando and having to compete within the play in video games. They’re 19-8 at hom and 5-5 of their final 10 video games. They’re 23-12 towards the Japanese Convention and 7-3 towards the Atlantic Division. They’re coming off a win of their final recreation.

The Celtics are enjoying of their second straight recreation on the highway. They beat the Bulls at Chicago 129-112 on Thursday. After this recreation, they are going to head residence for 3 straight video games at TD Backyard towards Philadelphia, Dallas, and Golden State. After that, they’ve a 5 recreation highway journey by Cleveland, Denver, Phoenix, Portland and Utah.

The Knicks are coming off a 1-2 highway journey and are enjoying within the first of a 4 recreation residence stand. After this recreation, they are going to play Detroit and New Orleans again to again on Monday and Tuesday after which Golden State. Subsequent they play at Cleveland earlier than returning residence for 4 extra, internet hosting Atlanta, Orlando and a pair of video games towards Philadelphia.

The Celtics have nobody on the harm record presently. For the Knicks, OG Anunoby is out after having proper elbow surgical procedure on February 8. Mitchell Robinson has missed the Knicks’ final 34 video games after present process left ankle surgical procedure and can miss this recreation as nicely. Julius Randle has been out since he injured his shoulder Jan. 27 and will probably be out for this recreation as nicely.

Possible Celtics Starters

Celtics Reserves
Oshae Brissett
Sam Hauser
Al Horford
Luke Kornet
Svi Mykhailiuk
Payton Pritchard
Jordan Walsh
Xavier Tillman
Jaden Springer

2 Manner Gamers
JD Davison
Drew Peterson
Neemias Queta

Accidents/Out
None

Head Coach
Joe Mazzulla

Possible Knicks Starters

Knicks Reserves
Miles McBride
Alec Burks
Daquan Jeffries
Bojan Bogdanovic
Jericho Sims
Jacob Toppin

2 Manner Gamers
Duane Washington, Jr
Charlie Brown, Jr

Accidents/Out
OG Anunoby (elbow) out
Mitchell Robinson (ankle) out
Julius Randle (shoulder) out
Miles McBride (sickness) questionable

Head Coach
Tom Thibodeau

Key Matchups

Jrue Vacation vs Jalen Brunson
Brunson is averaging 27.5 factors, 3.8 rebound, and 6.6 assists per recreation. He’s capturing 47.9% from the sector and 40.6% from past the arc. Towards the Celtics this season he averaged 21.3 factors, 2.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.7 steals. He shoots a excessive share from 3 and so the Celtics must defend him nicely on the perimeter.

Sam Hauser vs Bojan Bogdanovic
The Knicks introduced Bojan Bogdanovic over from Detroit on the deadline and he’ll add one other sharpshooter to their staff. He’s averaging 19.8 factors, 3.3 rebounds, and a pair of.3 assists per recreation. He’s capturing 47.1% from the sector and 42.4% from past the arc for the season. Towards the Celtics this season, he’s averaging 17 factors, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists per recreation. He’ll probably come off the bench for the Knicks and so the Celtics will want their second unit to maintain him off the three level line and off the boards.

Honorable Point out
Derrick White vs Donte DiVincenzo
DiVincenzo is averaging 13.7 factors, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals per recreation. He’s capturing 45.6% from the sector and 41.4% from past the arc. He has struggled towards the Celtics this season averaging solely 3.7 factors, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per recreation whereas capturing simply 25% from the sector and 25% from past the arc.

Keys to the Sport
Protection – Protection is the important thing to profitable each recreation. The Knicks common 114.4 factors per recreation (seventeenth) whereas the Celtics common 120.8 factors per recreation (fifth). The Celtics have a defensive score of 110.6 (2nd) whereas the Knicks have a defensive score of 112.8 (seventh). Each groups wish to be defensive minded however each groups overlook their defensive id sometimes. The Celtics have gotten to make protection a precedence and play harder staff protection than the Knicks in the event that they hope to get a win on this recreation.

Rebound – The Celtics can’t rating in the event that they don’t have the ball, and the easiest way to get the ball is to seize rebounds. The Celtics must rebound as a staff with each Celtic battling on the boards. It can take a staff effort to beat the Knicks, who’re 4th within the league in rebounding with 45.8 per recreation. The Celtics are 1st with 47.1 rebounds per recreation however are inclined to get lazy towards bodily groups that combat for rebounds. The Knicks are tied for first with 16.6 second likelihood factors per recreation and so the Celtics must crash the boards to forestall giving the Knicks additional factors on this recreation.

Transfer the Ball Rigorously – The Celtics want to maneuver the ball and discover teammates for one of the best photographs accessible. They play their finest when the ball is shifting and they’re discovering the open man. They wrestle when the ball sticks and gamers attempt to do an excessive amount of and play iso ball. Nonetheless, they should make cautious passes as a result of the Knicks common 16.5 factors off turnovers per recreation and if the Celtics get sloppy, they are going to make them pay.

Be Aggressive – The Celtics have to be the extra aggressive staff. They must be extra aggressive in going after unfastened balls, in grabbing rebounds, in defending, and in going to the basket. They should hustle and be aggressive for 48 minutes each recreation however particularly towards the Knicks as a result of Thibs has them enjoying arduous each recreation. They will win a number of video games by enjoying tougher than their opponents they usually can lose a number of video games by permitting their opponents to be the staff that performs tougher.

Play All Out 48 Minutes – The Knicks are enjoying with out key gamers and too typically the Celtics play with lower than 100% effort when going through a staff weakened by accidents. They did that towards the Lakers with 2 stars out they usually misplaced a recreation they need to have gained. They will’t afford to try this in the event that they wish to win this recreation. They must play arduous from the opening tip till the ultimate buzzer and never permit the Knicks to out-work them for any stretch through the recreation.

X-Components
On the Highway Once more – The Celtics are enjoying their 2nd straight recreation on the highway. They should overcome the distractions of enjoying on the highway and in entrance of a hostile crowd and keep centered on enjoying the proper method. Even in simply their 2nd straight highway recreation, groups can get highway weary and the Celtics must combat towards that by staying centered on enjoying arduous and getting a win.

Officiating – Officiating at all times has the potential to be an x-factor. Every officiating crew calls the sport in a different way. Some refs name it tight and consistently name fouls whereas others allow them to play with few fouls known as. The Celtics want to regulate to how the refs are calling the sport and never permit dangerous calls or no calls to remove their focus.

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