Boston Celtics’ Starting Five Puts On a Show in Win over New York Knicks
The Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks are one of the greatest rivalries in the NBA, and they had another chapter of it today at the Madison Square Garden. With both teams having dismal seasons and with losing records, this game appeared to be very important for the two sides. It looks like the only team that actually wanted to play was the Celtics, and they cruised their way to a 114-73 win on the road. The bulk of the offense was led by Boston’s starting lineup, where the five players ended up scoring in double-digits and tallied an impressive 89-point effort combined. Jordan Crawford was the main scorer with 23 points, Avery Bradley added a double-double – 13 points with 10 rebounds – and second-year center Jared Sullinger had a dominant outing with 21 points. The whole offense worked as a charm for the Celtics. As a team, they shot 54 percent from the field and a blistering 56 percent from three, and even though much of it can be accredited to the fact that the Knicks’ defense was virtually non-existent, it’s always nice to see the main guys in the roster put up a consistent effort from start to finish. As for the Knicks, they have so many troubles that it’s difficult to see from where to start analyzing them. Their defense is suspect, their offense is never able to get into a good offensive rhythm, and they were massively outplayed by a younger Boston team that virtually dominated from start to finish. The Celtics were one of the teams rumored to “tank” the season, based on how their roster was constructed. They’ve been proving their doubters wrong from day one, and while the rival needs to be taken into account today, their effort can’t be overlooked, as they ended up on top, dominating one of their biggest rivals of all time. Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google.