Game 2: Celtics at Knicks


NEW YORK — Gratefully, we’re ready to play basketball again.

The Celtics had a lot of time to think about what did they wrong in Saturday’s 85-78 loss to the Knicks in Game 1. They spent a good chunk of that time watching film and preaching team basketball, but don’t expect the game plan to change much Tuesday night. The Celtics liked the way they played for three quarters in Game 1. They like playing games in the 80s. They like their chances if the game goes essentially the same way, just with better execution and fewer turnovers.


The Celtics went through a closed shootaround this morning at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks didn’t practice. The Celtics can give this series a dramatic turn with a win in Game 2.

One note on’s game coverage: We’ll continue to bring you pregame, postgame, and practice updates in this space, but our in-game updates will be replaced by a user-friendly live blog.

Here are the details for tonight’s game:

Tipoff: 8 p.m.
Series: New York leads the best-of-seven series, 1-0
Broadcast info:Television: CSN, TNT; Radio: WEEI (93.7 FM)
Officials: Rodney Mott, Derrick Stafford, and David Jones

Probable starters:

PG: Avery Bradley
SG: Paul Pierce
SF: Jeff Green
PF: Brandon Bass
C: Kevin Garnett

PG: Raymond Felton
SG: Pablo Prigioni
SF: Iman Shumpert
PF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Tyson Chandler

Injury note: Pablo Prigioni (right ankle) practiced Monday and is in line to start Game 2. If so, Iman Shumpert will come off the bench.

Lead guard: Doc Rivers said Monday that his key players were Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jeff Green. That’s obvious, but it’s also telling that Rivers didn’t mention any of his guards. Four of the eight players Rivers used Saturday are guards, but it’s clear he isn’t really thrilled with any of them. Can Avery Bradley or Courtney Lee change that tonight?


Rough stuff: The Knicks are very good at stripping the ball away from the offensive player. Pierce seemed mildly amused when asked about it this weekend, saying that Tyson Chandler was New York’s only shot-blocker, and that the Celtics would need to do a better job of being strong with the ball. There could be some tense moments in Game 2 if the Celtics decide to play rough as well.

Key stat: Chris Wilcox has never gotten into a playoff game in his 11-year career. He didn’t play Saturday, so the streak is intact. Rivers hinted that he’d use a big man at some point in the first half, but don’t be surprised if it’s Shavlik Randolph and not Wilcox.


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