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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 15:01

Game Preview: New York Knicks at Boston Celtics

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New York Knicks (0-0) at Boston Celtics (0-1, 0-1 home) Dunkin' Donuts Center (Providence, RI) 7:30 pm on CSNNE Officials: Zach Zarba, Olandis Poole, Sean Wright Line: New York -4.5 (184.5) Get tickets to tonight's game in Providence

PROBABLE STARTERS

Boston Celtics: PG: Avery Bradley SG: Courtney Lee SF: Jeff Green PF: Brandon Bass C: Kris Humphries

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

INJURIES

Rajon Rondo, OUT (knee)

Amar'e Stoudemire, OUT (knee)

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

New combinations: It's anyone's guess as to what the starting lineups will be.  Brad Stevens may go with the same group as Monday, or trot out something entirely different.  The Knicks have added several new pieces in the offseason; including Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih, and Cole Aldrich. Phil Pressey to see time: After being the only Celtic with a guaranteed contract to receive a DNP-CD in the opener vs Toronto, Stevens has said that the rookie point guard will play tonight.  Adding to this is the fact that Jordan Crawford will miss this evening's contest due to a death in the family.  Crawford shared some of the ball handling duties against the Raptors. Can Boston improve their rebounding?: Despite forcing 25 turnovers, the C's still fell to Toronto on Monday in large part because they were out-rebounded by a ridiculous 46-26 margin.  This could mean more court time for Jared Sullinger, who grabbed 6 boards in 20 minutes.

NOTES

Tonight's game marks a homecoming of sorts for former Providence Friar guard MarShon Brooks.  However, Brooks left yesterday's practice with a headache, and his status for tonight is still in question.

PREDICTION

It's the first exhibition game of the year for the Knicks, so I'm guessing they'll come out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.  The Celtics appear likely to have an undrafted rookie (Pressey) playing significant minutes at the point guard spot in his first NBA action.  Add in the fact that this "home" game for Boston is really at a neutral site, and it looks like another "L" for the C's.  But it is the preseason, so who knows what might happen if either coach empties their bench.

New York Knicks 95, Boston Celtics 86

 

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Mark Vandeusen

Mark Vandeusen is a beat reporter at CLNS Radio. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 1999 with a degree in sociology and leadership studies. Mark currently writes for Celtics Life and Next Impulse Sports as well. You can also read new entries daily on his blog "37 seconds of sports and other stuff I care about" at LucidSportsFan.com. Follow Mark on twitter @LucidSportsFan