Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
Tonight, Celtics preseason officially comes to a close, leaving us with just one week’s wait until the ring ceremony and regular season opener on October 28.
Joining the defending champions in tonight’s preseason finale is division rival New York Knicks, who beat the Celtics 104-97 on Friday night. Simply put, Boston was outplayed by New York on their home floor. The Knicks controlled the pace of the game virtually from start to finish, as Mike D’Antoni’s up-tempo style prevailed.
At the end of the day, it was nothing more or less than a preseason loss, but the Knicks look to be in a much better place mentally than they were a year ago. This is not the same dispirited team that the Celtics took out by 45 points last November. They’ve got a new style, a new attitude, and even a new-look rotation.However, this is not the time to praise the New York Knicks for their recent changes. It's time for revenge, even if it is just another preseason outing. Let the "chippiness" begin. Read More..
C Kendrick Perkins / Zach Randolph
PF Kevin Garnett / Wilson Chandler
SF Paul Pierce / Quentin Richardson
SG Ray Allen / Jamal Crawford
PG Rajon Rondo / Chris Duhon
Tony Allen: 12.9 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.3 SPG
Glen Davis: 6.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG
Patrick O’Bryant: 5.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.6 BPG
Gabe Pruitt: 5.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.1 SPG
Billy Walker: 4.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG
Knicks to Watch
Wilson Chandler: 14.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.2 BPG
Chris Duhon: 10.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 5.4 APG, 1.2 SPG
Stephon Marbury: 8.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 3.8 APG
Nate Robinson: 18.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.4 SPG
BOS: Rajon Rondo (sprained right ankle - probable)
NY: David Lee (sprained ankle - questionable)
NY: Danilo Gallinari (sore back - out)
NY: Jared Jeffries (fractured left fibula - out)