Their bench was especially awful; it scored 4 points (all by Courtney Lee, all on free throws) while New York’s scored 33.
Jason Terry missed all five of his shots and was taken advantage of on defense. Jordan Crawford didn’t score. No other Celtic played off the bench.
“We have to get something,” Rivers said of his reserves.
In all, the Celtics called their mistakes fixable.
“This is one we can learn from,” Pierce said.
And the series showed the promise of being a good one.
“It is going to be a battle,” Anthony said. “Game 2 is going to be even tougher and harder.”