Final Score: Celtics 111 Knicks 81

The Knicks lost to the Celtics tonight by a score of 111-81.

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Ike Diogu had the biggest night for the Knicks, scoring 21 points in 31 minutes, shooting 54% from the floor and sinking nine of his 11 freebies. 

Tim Hardaway Jr. struggled in his debut as a starter going 3-for-16 from the floor and 1-from-6 from behind the arc.

The Knicks shot 3-for-18 as a team from deep.  Live by the three, die by the three…

Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Metta World Peace, Ray Felton and Beno Udrih played a combined zero minutes.

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With a ragtag starting lineup, the Knicks did what most fans should have expected tonight: look kind of lost, show a couple of flashes, and lose to the Celtics.

The highlight nights came from Toure’ Murry and Ike Diogu, who combined to score 37 of the Knicks 81 points. I doubt that is going to happen again…ever. But for the night, a job well down by two reserves fighting for roster spots, let alone minutes, let alone shots.

Bargnani again struggled with his stroke, missing six of his eight shots from the floor. Hopefully he gets into a more steady rhythm in the regular season — playing more consistent minutes with a more consistent lineup around him — but for the time being, his shot looks…bad, to be blunt.

For the second time in as many games, Shump struggled to score. After a perfect performance in the team’s opening preseason game, it is slightly frustrating to see Shump go cold. But the key, thus far, is Shump’s aggressiveness.  When he is out on the floor with the starters, he will have better looks against worse defenders. I love how Shump has been looking for his shot, and I for one hope he brings that approach to the regular season.

Despite an awful shooting night, Tim Hardaway Jr. looked good in transition. He will struggle in limited minutes this year, but it’s nice to see how comfortable he looks out on the break. If nothing else, you can count on him for a couple big, MSG-rousing dunks this season.

The Knicks continue the pre-season Thursday night (10/17), taking on the Washington Wizards down in Baltimore.