Turns out , missing Kevin Garnett, Courtney Lee, Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger, and Leandro Barbosa isn't a really good thing for your chances at winning.
Man, where do I even start with this one? How about with the defense? What defense you ask? Good one. Carmelo Anthony got 29 points and J.R. Smith added 32 of his own. For a little while there I thought this was going to be a J.R. Smith vs. Jordan Crawford showdown masterpiece. But Jordan couldn't keep pace.
Of course the offense wasn't much better. 19 turnovers doesn't help. Somehow the Knicks attempted 90 shots to the Celtics 69. So there's that.
Bottom line: Celtics were just not very good tonight. Not sure how much more there is to say.
On a day where I made my Doc support very clear, I do have one question for him: Why not give Shavlik Randolph and/or DJ White a few minutes earlier in the game (especially when things weren't working and any change at all might have helped)? Not that it would have mattered much, but it might have been a chance to see them play in non-garbage time minutes.
Silver linings: Jeff Green had a double double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Terrence Williams had a solid game. When Randolph did get in, he scooped up some rebounds right away. So there's that.
Of course, when we are talking about silver linings and the last guys on the bench needing to get more time, it feels grossly similar to conversations we'd have with a lottery team. So I'm going to just stop right there.
Celtics have lost 5 in a row. In a season of streaks it wouldn't surprise me all that much if we won our next 5 - but don't discount the chance that it could go in the other direction too.
Next up, the Cavs.