Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks
Tip-off: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
The New York Knicks know what they can expect from the Boston Celtics.
Boston could have never done what they’ve done over the last six years with as little as they got from Kevin Garnett on Saturday in their NBA playoff opener. Tonight the teams make it back to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday for Game 2 and YouWager experts believe the Celtics plan to feature much more of Garnett, along with the usual dose of Paul Pierce.
Garnett was just 4 of 12 from the field in New York’s 85-78 win on Saturday. The 36 year-old appeared to be out of rhythm from his lack of game action down the stretch and he finished with eight points and nine rebounds and couldn’t take advantage of Tyson Chandler’s difficulties.
Garnett played in only five of the final 17 games of the regular hockey season, mostly while battling an ankle injury, and was on the floor for nearly 37 minutes Saturday. However on a day Boston got only four points from their reserves and needed much more from their starters, Garnett finished with more fouls than baskets and never attempted a free throw.
Boston is suffering terribly from the lack of a point guard with Rajon Rondo gone for the season with a knee injury. The Celtics often had a hard time to get into any offense, especially during its eight-point fourth quarter, and finished the game with 21 turnovers.
Even if Garnett doesn’t shoot, Boston and their online sports betting fans believe he can help in that area because of his passing skills.
New York can take some time while Chandler regains his power back as long as they keep getting efforts like they received Saturday from Kenyon Martin, who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, and played the entire fourth quarter. In addition to J.R. Smith, who won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award Monday, the team seems to have a huge advantage when the teams have to go to their benches.
The Knicks haven’t held a 2-0 lead for the last 13 years. Back in 2011 was the last year New York won a series.