The Boston Celtics are heading back home down 2-0 to the New York Knicks, but could have been up 2-0 if they close out 2nd half in both Game 1 and Game 2 in New York.
In Game 1 they were shooting more than 50% in the first half, but dropped off to under 30% in the 2nd half and only could muster up seven points off the bench.
The second game same story, but this time it wasn’t the bench that held them back it was poor defense in the 2nd half as well as their horrific offense in which they only scored 23 points in the 3rd and 4th quarter combined.
If your part of Celtic nation their is no need fret as I’ll list three reasons and explain in depth on how the Celtics can come back into this series and potentially win it in seven games.
The 1st reason is that the Knicks ran off the crowd in New York in the 2nd half of both game 1 and 2 and the Celtics came out flat in both. You can expect this same tactic to work for the Celtics in Boston right in front of the TD Garden faithful, in both games the Celtics ended the first half with the lead and coming out in the 2nd half at home is going to potentially to come out and not offensively and defensively fall flat. You can also expect the recent events of the Boston Bombings to play a huge factor in this team to put in max effort to win two at home.
The 2nd reason is Jeff Green, when Jeff Green is on his game and when he is attacking the basket it’s a long night for the opposing defense. Since the lost of Rondo, Jeff has played a larger role in this offense before the departure of Rondo, Green was averaging 9.6 PPG 3.2 RPG 0.9 APG in 26.9 MIN. Since January 27th his averages have been 12.9 PPG 5.8 RPG 1.5 APG in 31.2 MIN.
Green also causes match up problems when running the floor with Pierce as it forces the Knicks to use their PF to guard Green and this can cause problems as Green has deep game and can dribble around bigger players and get to the basket. At the end of the day it’s up too Green how far the Celtics go. If he plays to his full abilities the Celtics are going to go far in this years playoffs, if not well get ready for the off-season.
The final and 3rd reason is Kevin Garnett in order for the Celtics to be successful they need KG to not get in foul trouble early in the game. KG according to Doc Rivers was on pace to have great night and because of the horrendous calls from the referees he wasn’t able to put 1+1 together.
If all three reasons executed to perfection you can expect the Celtics not only win the next two games, but even expect some of emotion to carry over to NY and steal a win at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks defense isn’t as good as holding two hall of famers and a player in Jeff Green coming into his prime to 23 points in two quarters the Celtics are bound to bounce back if they follow my script.