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Celtics 100, Knicks 91: Scenes from a very bad night of basketball-shooting

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That didn't go exactly how I expected, but it certainly went. Boston's guards vastly outplayed New York's and the Celtics' slightly less terrible shooting outside the paint helped them build a double-digit lead. Even after a turnover-filled third quarter, the Knicks strung together a bunch of stops and found themselves enough open looks to pull even. They just didn't hit any. Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, Arron Afflalo, and Langston Galloway all stayed frigid.

A few quick things now. More recapping later. New York's backcourt was unlikely to contain Isaiah Thomas and Evan Turner on the move, and they did not do that!

Boston's not a very good offense, but they got enough transition and enough open driving lanes to keep pace with New York, and added a few of the outside buckets the Knicks absolutely did not get. Check out the early shot chart:

That changed very little.

Quick shoutout to Derrick Williams for looking somewhat awake relative to his teammates:

And, since every time I point out a fault he soon improves it: You'll need to learn to identify opportunities to drive strong and draw contact, my sweet Kristaps:

Some more notes coming up in a little while. Stay cool!