Boston has also played as flat as a still pond after halftime, scoring 48 total points in the two losses.
“In the second half, we lacked the aggression that we come out with,” said Green, who has made 10 of 15 shots in the first halves but 1 of 11 in the second halves.
“It’s clear to see when you watch film how hard we were attacking, how we were running our offense, our defensive pressure. It’s clear the aggression between the two halves is totally different.”
Garnett said the Celtics have to defend better, try to get easy baskets in transition, and push the ball up more when the Knicks turn up the pressure on defense.
“But, second half, I think the thesis here is just being more aggressive,” he said.
The Celtics don’t really have any other choice. A deflating loss Friday would set up the Knicks for a sweep of their rivals in Sunday’s Game 4 on Boston’s home parquet.