This is the beginning of the 2013 NBA Playoffs and for all the Knicks fans out there, today’s Knick win (85 – 78) against the Boston Celtics is a little bitter, but a lot sweet.
Bitter because as New Yorkers, we stand by Boston with all they’ve gone through over the last week. A week that brought them two bombings, killing three innocent people and wounding many more on Monday, then climaxing on Friday with the suspense filled, all day coverage where one suspect was killed and the other captured.
And in the beginning of game one at The Garden, the Knicks showed ample respect to Boston, but then it was time to play.
In a game that was close throughout, Carmelo Anthony stayed true to form. He played 41 minutes, scored 36 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. His play today helped New York overcome a fourth quarter deficit and helped the Knicks hold Boston to a total of 8 points in that quarter. Boston went a full 5 minutes without scoring to start the quarter.
“It’s going to be a battle,” Anthony said. “Although we won today, we really didn’t do anything. We’re just protecting our home court. Game 2 will be even tougher, even harder.”
J. Smith continued his great play, picking up 15 points, 5 rebounds in 31 minutes of play. Kenyon Martin proved valuable with his 10 points, 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. With his history of defence, this 2013 playoff is sure to be something special.
Boston was led by J. Green, who played 46 minutes and scored 26 points. Paul Pierce contributed 21 followed by Bradley with 15. Kevin Garnett’s play was below average. He played 37 minutes, but had only 8 points in the whole game.
The two teams will play game two of the series on April 23, at 8PM Eastern.0