Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:
By DAN KELLY
Special to ZAGSBLOG
NEW YORK — With 40 seconds remaining and the Knicks clinging to a five-point lead, Carmelo Anthony fired a pass, high and hard, into the paint.
Kenyon Martin snagged it, then laid it in, and the Knicks held on for an 85-78 win over the Celtics in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series.
“Terrible pass,” Martin said. “Melo said ‘Thanks for bailing me out.'”
More relevant than the pass or the catch was the fact that it was Martin and not Tyson Chandler logging those essential fourth-quarter minutes. The Knicks’ starting center, who missed 16 of the last 20 games with a bulging disc in his neck, sat down midway through the third quarter and never checked back into the game.
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