Game 66: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m.

Screen Shot 2014-03-12 at 9.51.15 AMThe New York Knicks travel up north to take on the Boston Celtics at the T.D. Garden Arena at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

The Knicks (25-40) sit 3.5 games back of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference and are playing their best basketball of 2014. The team has reeled off four consecutive victories and look to extend that streak to five against their Atlantic Division rival. The team has won five in a row only once this season — from Jan. 5-13.

New York is 1-2 against Boston on the season, while Carmelo Anthony averaged 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in three meetings.

Despite a rebuilding effort, the Celtics (24-42) have been holding their own of late, especially on the defensive end. Boston has limited its opponents to 19.1 percent (17 for 89) from beyond the arc over the past four contests, in which the team is 2-2.

UPDATE (12:43 p.m): Tyson Chandler will miss his second straight game. Cole Aldrich will get the start.

Projected Starters: Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Cole Aldrich

Projected Starters: Rajon Rondo, Jerryd Bayless, Brandon Bass, Jeff Green, Kris Humphries

 




352 comments
rgm891
rgm891

Heard from a source that if Phil takes the Knicks job "he'll live in New York 35 percent of the time and make it look like 50 percent."


Isola. 

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Can we get the Bucks or Nuggets to win one of their games against the Hawks over the next two?

Nicolas Grant
Nicolas Grant

The question is. Why haven't Woodson played this kid all yr? One of  the reasons why his job in jeopardy right now.

brookdon
brookdon

Celtics Blog Highlights!!!!

"Only way we lose this one if Carmelo goes crazy hot for 50+ points"

"I hate the Knicks

Anything to keep them from making the playoffs."

"At the game now

Sigh"

"This is embarrassing"

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

Fantastic win but...

Phil should fire Woody. If we make the playoffs Woody is not the one we want coaching. NO F-ING WAY! 

andthenjohnsaid
andthenjohnsaid

I'm more excited with kobe verifying phil coming than I am over this win

lpeezy31
lpeezy31

Yeeaaaah he'll pretty much bury Cole once the reinforcement return

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

NEW YORK – Three months before he ambled away from the Los Angeles Lakers for good, Phil Jackson was already pondering his next endeavor.

It would not be in politics, despite his acute interest in the subject.

It would not be a speaking tour, a surely lucrative but empty pursuit.

It would not be in coaching. Jackson seemed certain of that much, too. His mind was willing, but his body was uncooperative. Several surgeries lay ahead.

One idea, broad and undefined, held the most appeal.

“I think mentoring is something that I’d be very comfortable doing,” Jackson told me over lunch in February 2011.

Mentor who? Coaches, preferably, though coaches can be famously headstrong, Jackson noted.

The seeds of a broader vision were evident, even then. Jackson wanted to share the wisdom he had accumulated over four decades in basketball. What form that might take, he wasn’t yet sure.

Now we know. Jackson, 68, is close to joining the New York Knicks as their top basketball executive, according to an NBA source. The terms are still being negotiated, but a deal “is likely to happen,” the source said. An announcement is expected soon.

This is the ultimate evolution of Jackson’s mentoring impulse: to teach an entire franchise – indeed, the league’s most dysfunctional franchise – how to win. To impart all that he knows about team building, trust, strategy, training, preparation, work habits and, yes, Eastern philosophy. If any team needs a lesson in Zen, it’s the Knicks.

And no building needs a karmic cleansing more badly than Madison Square Garden, the world’s most toxic arena.

lpeezy31
lpeezy31

Agree w/ Seth, we pretty much can't lose when other teams got games to throw away.

newyorker9
newyorker9

this is going to suck no knick game till saturday

andthenjohnsaid
andthenjohnsaid

lol thank god phil will give woodson the boot even if we make the playoffs

Mets0987
Mets0987

Hopefully we can keep winning.

Anti_u
Anti_u

Keep going Boys!!

knickstape
knickstape

I love what I've seen lately all year the Knicks have built up leads and blown them but on this streak when teams start getting close they keep fighting…..where has this been all year

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Still have a west coast trip and 9 of last 10 vs playoff teams. This is too little too late

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

This 5 game winning streak is very bitter sweet

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@rgm891  He could be here 95% of the time and be criticized unmercifully for the 5% he's not here.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@rgm891  Virtual meetings take place from China to New York nowadays. Folks need to get with the times. Meetings can happen from and to anywhere.

rgm891
rgm891

@moneyball  Are u insulting the Zen Master power?  How low can u go.

1harris1
1harris1

@OLDKNICK Great.  The problem is that the man in charge over there doesn't.

1harris1
1harris1

@firebaldy It doesn't matter what Woodson does over the next month.  He's gone at the end of the season.

rgm891
rgm891

@firebaldy  Phil Jackson will ship everyone off this coaching staff and go to war!!!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Jaime Dude Woody will get fired even if we were to win a ring this year.  Too late to save a dead man!

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Wicksell  

Yeah, well Boston played Rondo against the Pacers and sat him against us. That evens it out. Tanking is a subtle art form.

rgm891
rgm891

@firebaldy @rgm891  I 100% agree man.  I guarantee you if this was the case, Media would say he's just in it for the money blah blah blah

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@rgm891 @xmenreturn@1harris1LOL  You can't solve the case now! lol

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Kiyan Carter LOL I know but it still nice to tease ya at times.  I think Phil gonna skype him because he's afraid to be in the same room with Melo when he has to tell him the plan.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Kiyan Carter There ya go young buck. See you don't always have to lead with your antlers.  That was a nice response.

By the time Melo opts out, you're gonna be Rudolph leading the way.