The Boston Celtics narrowly avoided being swept by the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon. We were all ready to put the Celtics away and get on with next season, but new life was given to their offense and their season.
The Celtics scored 97 points against New York after not scoring during the rest of the series with New York. Still, down 3-1 the Celtics are going to need to pick things up if they want to have a shot at winning this series.
Jason Terry chimed in on the new life in the offense for Boston.com’s writer Howard Ulman:
‘‘We’ve got a lot of basketball in us,’’ Terry said, ‘‘but there’s always something like one quarter that holds us back. So if we can put together four quarters of great Celtics basketball, ball movement, getting out in transition, then this series is going to be a long one.’’
Terry had his best showing of the playoffs in game 4. This is more like what we expected out of him come playoff time. He even promised us that he would be productive on this stage. He had 18 points on only 10 shots and shot 70 percent on the day. He played 40 minutes and was a large factor in the Celtics winning.
They were able to use him as a screener and a ball handler since he was hitting his shots unlike the first two games of the series. The two man game that he and Paul Pierce had been able to sustain at points during the regular season had finally returned for the playoffs when the Celtics needed it the most.
Terry did a little bit of everything for the Celtics yesterday. He played the point position, he played off of the ball, he had a distributing role and more importantly he scored on when called upon. He hit the biggest shot of the night on a transition three that gave the Celtics the upper hand in the game.
Hopefully the Celtics can put together four quarters of this offense like Terry suggested. They’ll have to win three straight games to advance, but if they can play like they did on Sunday–maybe even a bit better–they have a good shot at doing so.