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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 16:12

Game 5 Preview: Boston Celtics at New York Knicks

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Boston Celtics (1-3, 0-2 road) @ New York Knicks (3-1, 2-0 home) Madison Square Garden, 7:00 pm on TNT/WEEI Officials: Joe Crawford, James Capers, Sean Corbin Line: New York -9 (180) Get tickets to tonight's game at Madison Square Garden

After getting beat soundly in the series' first 3 games, the Celtics managed to salvage Game 4 at home and avoid elimination.  Boston led by 20 points early in the second half, but the Knicks came all the way back and took the lead with 1:17 to go before falling in overtime, 97-90.

PROBABLE STARTERS 

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

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

INJURIES

Rajon Rondo, OUT (knee) Jared Sullinger, OUT (back)

Marcus Camby, QUES (foot) Amar'e Stoudemire, OUT (knee)

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

The end of the line for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett?: Pierce has said today that he wants to play at least one more year, but there's no guarantee it will be in Boston.  Rumors are swirling regarding Garnett's retirement.  This could well be the last time these two Hall of Famers suit up in green together. How will the C's respond to the Knicks mouthing off?: Kenyon Martin is talking about "dressing for a funeral."  J.R. Smith thinks the Knicks should already be in the next round.  Will their comments give the Celtics that extra bit of motivation they need? Jason Terry's offense: After Boston struggled to score in the second half for the third time in four games (25, 23, and 30 points in Games, 1, 2, and 4 respectively), Terry stepped up and bailed them out in OT on Sunday.  Can he stay hot and give the Celts the additional scorer they desperately need?

NOTES

Through regulation of Game 4 Terry was averaging 8 points per game for the series, but he scored the Celtics final 9 points in overtime. J.R. Smith returns to action for New York tonight after serving a 1 game suspension for elbowing Terry in Game 3. The Knicks look to win their first playoff series since 2000, and have already won as many postseason games in this series (3) as they did from 2001-2012. Boston has never failed to advance past the first round since the arrival of Garnett in 2007.

PREDICTION

As much as my heart wants to believe the Celtics can get back in this series, my head just doesn't see it.   Boston needed everything they had just to win an elimination game at home in overtime, going against a Knicks team missing it's 2nd leading scorer and likely content to close things out back in their building.

New York Knicks 93, Boston Celtics 81

 

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