“We out here scrapping.”
That’s what Boston Celtics veteran forward Kevin Garnett said following their Game 5 victory on Wednesday night. With the win, Boston has now forced a Game 6 and after trailing the New York Knicks 3-0, the Celtics will now look to even up the series on their home court this Friday.
Prior to Wednesday night’s contest however, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year had some choice words for the Celtics and one player in particular — Jason Terry. J.R. Smith provided Boston with some prime bulletin board material earlier in the week, claiming that he would be golfing had he not been suspended for Game 4. In addition, Smith told reporters that he didn’t even know who Terry was. Keep in mind, Terry won the NBA’s Sixth of Man of the Year award back in 2009.
Well, the JET introduced himself to Smith on Wednesday night once again, scoring 17 points while converting on five 3-pointers in the contest. As for Smith, well he didn’t make a field goal attempt until the 2:48 mark in the fourth quarter. Whelp, that pretty much speaks for itself.
As for the post game jawing that took place when Celtics’ reserve guard Jordan Crawford was seen mouthing in the direction of Carmelo Anthony — well let’s just get over it. Sure Crawford’s tough guy attitude was unnecessary, but let’s be serious — Knicks back-up forward Kenyon Martin organized the Knicks to wear all black “funeral outfits” to the arena prior to Game 5. This was done to recognize the “Celtics’ funeral.” Terry said after the game that you can’t have a funeral unless the casket is closed.
Antics and trash-talking are expected between Boston and New York, but everything aside — it’s all about Game 6 now.
Boston cannot relay on the simple fact that they are returning home and all of a sudden have this huge advantage or something. They need to play their game and dictate the tempo by hitting shots and getting stops. New York is still one win away from putting and end to Boston’s season.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00pm (EST).
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