East Quarterfinals Game #5: Knicks vs Celtics

Series: 3-1 Knicks

When: 7:00 PM

Where: Madison Square Garden

Network: MSG or TNT

Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)

Celtics (#7 Seed, 41-40)

PG: Avery Bradley

SG: Paul Pierce

SF: Jeff Greenny_u_jr-smith_mb_576

PF: Brandon Bass

C: Kevin Garnett

Knicks (#2 Seed, 54-28)

PG: Raymond Felton

SG: Pablo Prigioni

SF: Iman Shumpert

PF: Carmelo Anthony

C: Tyson Chandler

Matthew Falkenbury

“The guy was mouthing off before the game,” Kenyon Martin said. “He told me, ‘You’re not dancing at my funeral today.’’’

And?

“We’re ending it Wednesday,” Martin said.

He even made it a point to tell teammates what to wear when the Knicks look to win this series in five, then get ready for the winner of Indiana-Atlanta.

“Wear black,” he said. “Funeral colors.’’

The above quotes come from a Mitch Lawrence article that was in the NY Daily News in the aftermath of the tough Game Four loss for the Knicks this past Sunday.

It’s time to wear black, get some flowers and spend the next three hours or so watching at the Garden or on TV as the Knicks honor the memory of the 2012-2013 Boston Celtics.

With everything for the Celtics seeming to be in their favor on Sunday, Melo’s shot being off, J.R. suspended, at home, leading by 20, they still needed overtime to beat the Knicks.

And so we are here for a Game Five where it is time for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green plus the flopping and vastly overrated Jason Terry to receive their last rites.

The Celtics did a great job holding off the Knicks down the stretch and into overtime on Sunday to get the win. It was a nice effort in front of the home crowd to avoid being swept.

But, play time is over and things should be much different as the series returns to the World’s Most Famous Arena.

Melo wont miss 25 shots, J.R. Smith is not suspended and Raymond Felton is still the best point guard on the floor no matter who or what the Celtics put out there against him.

The Knicks have not clinched a playoff series at home since they won the Eastern Conference Title in 1999 over the Pacers in Game 6.

Tonight that fact should change.

Enjoy the Game!

Five Questions About Tonight’s Game

  1. Can Melo get his shot back on track?
  2. How fired up will J.R. Smith be?
  3. Can the Celtics withstand the expected Knicks opening rush?
  4. Will Raymond Felton’s good play continue?
  5. Can the Knicks finish the Celtics off once and for all?




101 comments
Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Canada's down 3-1 in the third. 

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

Ville Pokka will face off against Griffin Reinhart and Adam Pelech this afternoon when Finland and Canada square off in the World Junior semi final.

Sweden currently leads Russia 1-0 after two periods in the other semi final. Russia will start the third with just under 4 minutes of PP time.

GO CANADA GO!

hockeystat
hockeystat

Isles need to beat teams in the metro if they ever want to make a serious run. 3-9-3 in the metro is pathetic time to step it up. The only year in the last 6 when we had a good record vs the division was last year. And that got us to the playoffs. 

Time to make a run. 8 of the next 18 games before the break vs the metro. Need to definitely win the 7 of the 8 metro games and 7 of the 10 non metro games.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

so theres a rumor going around that the pens are looking at moulson.... :O 

shlo
shlo

4:0 do I hear 5??

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

well the pens lead the rangers by 2 after the 1st.... hope that lasts. could help us out big time.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

anyone hear about this? "United States general manager David Poile apologized to Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryanduring a conference call Friday to discuss the selection of the 25-man roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics."   WHY IS THE APOLOGIE TO ONLY BOBBY RYAN? there were 3 or 4 players that this was said about.....  why does he only apologize to one of them? what a joke.... i hope this feeds the team even more..

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

@orange2327 He's not as fast as Blake, but he is more of a team player and much more gritty. He reminds me more of this generation's Kris Draper.

shlo
shlo

@Joey FergusonHeard it. Just wondered where does he fit there? who will they give up for him? don't see it.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@orange2327 strait played well last year before his leg injury... took him sometime to get back in shape. another solid waiver pick up.... dont get all the hate on him towards the end last season.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@orange2327 ive had a good feeling all season... even with all the bad stuff. is it possible most of the team came in feeling they had nothing to prove after last season? could be and now they are on the verge of being near dead last at the mid season point...  the talent is there and it looks like they are finally putting it together. hope to see donovan play tomorrow

dkdk
dkdk

Yep! And Strome looked so much better when he was coupled with Nelson. They seem to have a lot of chemistry.

dkdk
dkdk

I actually liked him for a few minutes when he scrapped with McDonagh

dkdk
dkdk

Love it!!!

dkdk
dkdk

Is the $8M backup in net? Lol

shlo
shlo

@Joey FergusonHe apologized for Brian Burke's remark that Bobby Ryan plays with no "intensity"  that "intensity" is not in his vocabulary, not for not picking him up to play in Sochi.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@dkdk hey. mcdonald has looked pretty good with the 2 of them as well....  maybe a moulson type guy who can score 30 if he plays with the right guys? would be nice..... hell even if we can get 15-20 outta him..

shlo
shlo

@dkdkAlways told my rangers fans friends - We suck and we know it. You suck but you don't know it..

Vicp73
Vicp73

@shlo @Joey Ferguson Apparently that statement by Burke wasn't supposed to leave the room. I'll bet that reporter  will never have boardroom access again. Not that I'm defending Burke or anything but thats the type of talk that goes one behind the scenes all the time

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@shlo @Joey Ferguson thought it was about the remarks saying they couldnt handle playing on the bigger rinks hell. ive been up for 20 hours. im probably losing it and misread something.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@shlo @Joey Ferguson hmmm... sabers would be looking for draft picks,prospects or a player under contract for at least 3 years...  they would want a top prospect and maybe a mid tier goaltending prospect along with that.... or a 1st round and a 3rd round pick if it does happen. pens will make a trade with another team for draft picks to make room for moulson

shlo
shlo

@Joey Ferguson not happening, these rumors are dime a dozen, hell we might as well start something here- any ideas?

dkdk
dkdk

Depends on the d prospects Nd the owner spending coin

dkdk
dkdk

And when he carries the puck he has a knack to draw multiple defenders and create passing lanes and space for his wingers. Those traits are rather innate and can't be taught. You have it or you don't.

dkdk
dkdk

He has played better. You can see Strome has that ability to make other guys better. Great passer, good vision, etc.

dkdk
dkdk

That is pretty accurate and a funny way to look at it!

isles23
isles23

@joey. Torts actually has shown he will adjust to what he has on his team as far as his coaching style. In Tampa he had great talent and grew an offensive minded team. Then he did the opposite with the rangers cause his best players were on D. IMO he is a great coach in that respect, I just hate his smug personality and it has shown he can't last in one place too long as he wears on the players, media, and fans.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@dkdk hell i think a combo of cappy and torts on our bench would be pretty sick... cappy seems to be a  VERY offensive minded coach while torts seems to be mainly about the D...... hmmm.... i mean it took nearly half a season for cappy to change the d pairings which were horrid.

dkdk
dkdk

All the better! Funny the Queen gets Torts fired and it looks like he may need that shot blocking collapsing wall in front of him.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@shlo @victor pereira I'll tell you what though here in Toronto, sports radio has been all over the Burke story. Very entertaining ! And believe me he and Poile are getting ripped apart 

shlo
shlo

@victor pereira In today's world everything is taped ,filmed, tweeted you name it. You should expect that privacy does not exist anymore. He still is an idiot with certificates....

Jim Miller
Jim Miller

@dkdkAnd we'll throw in 2 draft picks, just take him, please.

dkdk
dkdk

Mine too .... In storms like this my driveway will be melted a week earlier than the ones across the street.

shlo
shlo

@victor pereira Stamkos is a known commodity .

He'll be named on the team but they can bring someone else if his skating is not good enough as a result of his injury.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@dkdk you have no idea... 100 40lb cases of ice melt. our stock room is upstairs. our belt is broken so i had to carry them all downstairs


Vicp73
Vicp73

@Joey Ferguson Disagree Joey, So team Canada shouldn't bring Stamkos?? He's been injured most of the season, but I'll bet he's on the team in February

dkdk
dkdk

Holy crap, it must be a nightmare in stores like that when storms hit

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@dkdk apparently the ice melt they had was only good for 20 degrees..... what a joke. " yea the roads will be fine tomorrow when it warms up" hey idiots get the ice melt that WILL ACTULLY DO THE JOB TODAY when we actully need it ya know? im working at a wallgreens. i pulled 100 cases of ice melt from stock yesterday. we have 3 cases left..... pretty insane. 400 bottles and we have 12 left.

dkdk
dkdk

I don't mind C-Mc for what he is. If he plays 3rd-4th line and chips in a bit he is fine. I just don't like when he gets put in the PP. Or in the 2-1 loss against the Devils when he was out as part of the final 6 with Nabby pulled.

dkdk
dkdk

If only I was coming out of the shower stall when wang walked by, lol.

Seriously though, I'm glad everyone is safe and sound by the way. I had to go into the office today and the roads were a joke in the AM.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@dkdk as bad as colin mc has played this season i have to admit he looks pretty good along side strome.... maybe he will turn out to be stromes "moulson"

dkdk
dkdk

Sure maybe we throw in Colin Mc to their Kadri too. Lol

shlo
shlo

@dkdkdone deal for bernier I suppose?

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@dkdk i say we eat half of his contract and trade him... might get something worthwhile in return...

dkdk
dkdk

@shlo .... They can have our Toronto boy .... Bailey

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@dkdk any player who has been injured most of the season has no place of the olympics team. they have not proven them selves this season. this current season the one that actully matters. hell im going to the game tomorrow. gonna make sure i get a few usa chants and a few KO chants going. also going to mondays game. hopefully i show up to work on monday unable to talk!

dkdk
dkdk

@joey .... Agree bud. There were a lot of head scratchers. The fact that KO and Pominville weren't even truly considered is a bit much. I get Callahan is very good (it hurts admitting that) but he has missed most of the year! And Dustin Brown as a gimme? I don't know.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@shlo @dkdk guy is a joke to question anyones work ethic. ESPECIALLY any player who is NOT on his team. guy is a clown. probably losing his players respect little by little already.

shlo
shlo

@dkdkremember how he wanted to trade for JT  because JT is a Toronto boy and they "deserve" to have him ? what a joker.

dkdk
dkdk

Burke is very classless. You don't want Ryan fine, but to rag on him the way he did is a bit much.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@shlo @Joey Ferguson any player who has any skating playmaking and scoring ability should be able to play on the bigger rink... hell makes more room for them.... i see no logic as using that as an excuse...

shlo
shlo

@Joey Fergusonno real problem here, Brian Burke is a jerk shooting his mouth off, the louder you yell the more people take you seriously ....as I said yesterday , saying that Okposo is not built  for large rink is to say that a Ferrari is not built for speed.