Game 2 didn’t start the way the Celtics had hoped. Boston planned to get Kevin Garnett more involved and KG hit a patented fadeaway in the first minute, then picked up two fouls in 18 seconds and went to the bench. Garnett played only 3:21 of the first 12 minutes.
“With Kevin in foul trouble, we really didn’t have inside presence,’’ said Pierce.
The Celtics outscored the Knicks, 28-16, in the second quarter and led, 48-42, at halftime. Boston’s offense stalled when Garnett went to the bench with his fourth foul with 8:13 left in the third quarter.
“Those fouls on Kevin were horrendous,’’ said Rivers. “And it hurt us.’’
Still proud, KG and Pierce tried to keep the Celtics in the game in the fourth, but there was no beating the Knicks.
Maybe the old Green warriors can stage one last stand and scare the Knicks with a big win at the Garden Friday night.
But it doesn’t feel that way. It feels like the end is near.
Dan Shaughnessy is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.