Game #69: Knicks at Celtics

When: 7:00 PM

Where: TD Garden

Network: TNT

Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)

Celtics (36-33)

PG: Avery Bradley

SG: Courtney LeeKnicksCeltics2

SF: Paul Pierce

PF: Jeff Green

C: Brandon Bass

Knicks (42-26)

PG: Pablo Prigioni

SG: Raymond Felton

SF: Iman Shumpert

PF: Carmello Anthony

C: Kenyon Martin

Matthew Falkenbury

With the Knicks having taken full advantage of a soft part in their schedule after a tough West Coast trip, the grind gets going again for them as they head up to Boston to face the Celtics.

With the Celtics trailing by 6.5 games in the Atlantic Division, the Knicks with a win tonight could officially turn the race for the division in to a battle between them and the Nets.

Injuries to front line players to both teams will play a major role in this game.

For the Knicks, Tyson Chandler will miss his seventh straight game with a back injury. They are 4-2 without Chandler and have seen his replacement, Kenyon Martin, play exceptionally well.

For the Celtics, they have been without Rajon Rondo since late January and after starting off very well without him have lost their past four games. Tonight they will be with Kevin Garnett as well who is missing his 2nd game in a row with an ankle injury and could miss the remainder of the regular season.

With the injuries to 40% of the Celtics starting lineup from the last time these two teams met in Boston the onus will be on perennial Knicks killer Paul Pierce to continue to confound them like he has so many times the past few years.

Of course for the Knicks, it’s all about ball movement, three point shooting and making sure Carmelo Anthony is healthy and playing at the highest level he can. Lets be honest, we all know the motivation, no matter the injuries, to win both games in Boston is going to be high for Anthony and the Knicks.

With games coming up against Memphis, Boston at MSG, Miami, Atlanta, Milwaukee and Oklahoma City over the next two weeks, getting that run off to a good start would be good for the Knicks.

No matter who is playing and who is not, this game will be tough for the Knicks and they know a win on the road in Boston would be huge moving forward.

Five Questions About Tonight’s Game

  1. How will Melo look while playing in a hostile environment?
  2. Can Kenyon Martin keep up his strong play?
  3. Will the Knicks be able to shutdown Paul Pierce?
  4. Who will try to step up for Boston with Garnett and Rondo out?
  5. Can the Knicks bench continue to play well?