Today’s focus: Let’s start with something positive. Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was 13-of-29 from the field in Saturday’s 85-78 win over the Celtics. Anthony got his points (36 of them), but he wasn’t efficient about it, and the Knicks didn’t run away with any burst of offense. Two Knicks starters, Chris Copeland and Tyson Chandler, didn’t score. Iman Shumpert had three points. Volume scorer J.R. Smith managed just 15 points off the bench. The Celtics are going to tell us today they can play much, much better. But expect the Knicks to say the same thing.
Today’s schedule: Celtics have media availability at a.m., followed by a walkthrough and film session; Knicks have a conference call at noon.
Stat of the day: The Knicks were 26-2 in the regular season when they held opponents to 90 points or fewer.
Useful Twitter follow: Paul Flannery, who now writes for SB Nation.
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— Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) April 21, 2013
Injury update: Knicks backup point guard Pablo Prigioni is questionable for Game 2, but Knicks coach Mike Woodson said there was a decent change Prigioni would play Tuesday.
Today’s miscellany: This is the first Game 1 win for the Knicks in the playoffs since 2001 vs. the Toronto Raptors.
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