Greetings from MSG

The Celtics and Knicks play a rare Sunday afternoon game, so we will try to provide all the details as many of you I’m sure will choose the NFL’s early games.

Pre-game notes:

*Doc Rivers said the talk about shooting too many 3-pointers is “ridiculous” and it’s just a matter of making them. He said he has no problem with the amount of 3-pointers his players are attempting.

*Rivers said he will try to use more pick-and-rolls with Rasheed Wallace. Wallace scored two easy buckets in the fourth quarter against Orlando off pick-and-rolls.

*New York’s Jared Jeffries will not play because of an injury


*Rivers said he did see Nate Robinson’s shot attempt at the Nets’ basket after the buzzer and said. “Interesting, but not my problem.”

Starting lineups


PG Rajon Rondo
SG Ray Allen
SF Paul Pierce
PG Kevin Garnett
C Kendrick Perkins


PG Chris Duhon
SG Larry Hughes
SF Wilson Chandler
PF Danilo Gallinari
C David Lee

The Knicks actually provide matchup problems for the Celtics.

*Chander is athletic and should provide a challenge for Pierce.

*Gallinari didn’t play much last season but is averaging 14.6 points per game and shooting 45 percent from the 3-point line.

*Lee, more than likely gone after this season, is averaging 17 and 10 boards and should be trouble for Garnett. This game should be much closer than expected.

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