New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics, Game 3

New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics, Game 3

Location: TD Garden, Boston, MA

Time: 8:00PM on ESPN/MSG

 

Probable Starting Lineups (With Series Statistics)

New York

PG Raymond Felton (14.5 PPG, 4.0 APG, 5.5 RPG, 1.5 STLPG, .464 FG%, .200 3P%)

SG Pablo Prigioni (0-1, 1 point, 5 assists, 1 steal in 18 minutes in Game 2)

SF Iman Shumpert (4.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, .375 FG%, .600 3P%

PF Carmelo Anthony (35.0 PPG, 5.0 APG, 2.0 STLPG, .453 FG%, .600 3P%, .941 FT%)

C Tyson Chandler (5.0 RPG, 1-4 FGA, 3 points)

Boston

PG Avery Bradley (10.5 PPG, 3.0 APG, 1.5 STLPG, 2.5 TOPG, .474 FG%, 1-3 3PA)

SG Paul Pierce (19.5 PPG, 6.5 APG, 5.5 RPG, 5.5 TOPG, .412 FG%, 2-12 3PA)

SF Jeff Green (18.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.0 TOPG, .423 FG%, 3-6 3PA, 11-13 FTA)

PF Brandon Bass (5.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, .500 FG%, 2-2 FTA)

C Kevin Garnett (10.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 5.0 PFPG, .381 FG%, 4-4 FTA)

 

Key Bench Players (With Series Statistics)

New York:

PG Jason Kidd (5.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 2.5 STLPG, 29.0 MINPG)

SG J.R. Smith (17.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, .412 FG%, .273 3P% in 34.0 MINPG)

PF Kenyon Martin (6.5 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 3.0 BLKPG, .500 FG%)

Boston:

SG Jason Terry (4.5 PPG, 1.5 APG, 3-13 FGA, 3-11 3PA in 27.0 MINPG)

SG Courtney Lee (0-2 FGA, 4 points in 12.0 MINPG)

SG Jordan Crawford (4-11 FGA, 1-5 3PA, 5.5 PPG in 18.0 MINPG)

 

Injury Report

New York: PG Pablo Prigioni (Probable), PF/C Amar’e Stoudemire (OUT)

Boston: PG Rajon Rondo (OUT)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Home-cooking: The Celtics are playing in their first home game since the Boston Marathon bombings. No doubt the crowd is going to be a factor. On the road, the Celtics were just 14-27 this year. At the TD Garden, they are 27-13. The Knicks are 23-18 on the road and won both games in Boston this year. The Knicks will need to take the crowd out of it early.

2. Get off to a good start: In each of the first two games of the series, the Celtics lead at half-time. The Knicks held them to a total of 48 points in both second halves. Here in Boston, they’ll have to get off to a good start, because this crowd will play a role

3. Getting the big men going: Kevin Garnett has struggled so far in this series, 8 of 21 from the field and committed five personal fouls in both games. He was limited to just 24 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday. For the Knicks, Tyson Chandler hasn’t been much of a factor, playing no more than 22 minutes in each game and picking up 10 total rebounds. He’s probably been rusty after missing a ton of time at the end of the year, but they need him to play better. In his place, Kenyon Martin has been huge, getting easy feeds and playing outstanding defense. Him and Chandler can take out KG again and bury the Celtics. 

4. Breaking through with the 3: The Knicks have just shot only 44 total three-pointer attempts in the first two games. Normally they average almost 29 per game. If the Knicks start shooting more and start hitting them consistently, it’s good night for Boston

 

Prediction: I picked the Knicks to win in 5, and I thought the Celtics would take one at home. There’s going to be a ton of energy in the TD Garden to start off the game with it being their first home game since the bombings on April 15th. I think the Knicks pull it off, but it’ll be closer this time. Nobody on the Celtics will stop Carmelo Anthony. 

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