One barely needs to go to look at post-game footage to guess that the Boston Celtics are frustrated right now. After dropping the Game 2 to the Knicks in a 87-71 bout, the Celtics are headed back to Beantown with the difficult task of winning its first playoff game this year. Something easier said than done, given the way they are playing right now. The worse part? The fact that head coach Doc Rivers has no idea what is troubling his players.
Some players, though, seem more confident than their head coach. Paul Pierce and Jason Terry are two of those players, even though they shot a combined 11-30 from the field on Tuesday night.
Other players, though, seemed to be more shaken up. Brandon Bass admitted the Celtics need to pick it up, while Jeff Green wasn’t hesitant to say his teammates and he are “frustrated.”
Naturally, things look a lot greener on New York’s side. With the 2-0 lead and playing some really impressive basketball on both ends of the court, head coach Mike Woodson has little to worry about. He said Tuesday’s third quarter was the best offensive basketball he has seen from his team in this series.
Raymond Felton and Kenyon Martin have been impressive, too, but on different sides of the court. While Felton is punishing the Celtics on offense, Kenyon Martin is being a defensive force in the paint, finishing this game with 11 rebounds and four blocks.
One of the biggest characters of the night was J.R. Smith, this year’s Sixth Man of the Year. He lived up to the title, finishing with 19 points on 7-15 FG. Later, he answered questions on whether he has fully accepted that role.
But, undeniably, the New York Knicks biggest character is Carmelo Anthony, who once again demolished the Celtics offensively, scoring 34 points in 21 shots. However, after the game, he still said that he believes he should be making even more shots.
Don’t have time for the all the videos above? Here’s a condensed, “best of” version of the post-game conferences!
The Celtics and the Knicks will square off again on Friday, in the TD Garden, at 7:00 p.m.