The Celtics find themselves in a 2-0 series hole, with an essential must win game tonight against the Knicks. Boston has been historically bad on offense in the first two games.
They scored just 23 points in the second half of Game 2. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Celtics scored eight points in the fourth quarter of Game 1.
For as bad as the offense has been the past two games, the Celtics began losing this series well before Game 1 tipped off. Boston missed out on an opportunity to not only improve themselves, but weaken the New York Knicks in the process.
Kenyon Martin has averaged 6.5 points per game, 10 rebounds per game, and 3 blocks per game during this series. Now these aren’t series altering numbers, but considering the Celtics haven’t received a single point, and just five rebounds from their big men on the bench, Martin would surely help a battered Celtics.
The biggest gripe against Boston all year has been their inability to rebound the ball. Having a player that can give you double-figure rebounds consistently seems like a smart option.
So why did Danny Ainge pass on Martin? Frankly it’s inexcusable. For what could be Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett’s last playoff run, why wouldn’t you surround them with every capable weapon possible.
Martin brings a veteran presence and toughness that this team has lacked during the series. It’s not as if the Celtics even had to overpay for him. He’s making a grand total of $170,878 this season.
The former number one pick in 2000 from Cincinnati was just sitting there for the taking. Instead the Celtics decided to wait and sign D.J. White and Shavlik Randolph.
While Martin was helping his team take a strong hold in this first round, White and Randolph spent a majority of their time sitting on the bench.
Would Martin make the difference in this series? Possibly not, but he sure wouldn’t hurt Boston’s chances.
Yes the series is 2 – 0 in favor of the Knicks, but the scoreboard should really read 2.5 – 0, because the Celtics badly lost on Martin, allowing the Knicks to score big off-court win.