Well thank God that one’s over. After showering and trying to wipe those terrible 48 minutes of basketball from my mind forever, here’s your recap!
Before this one got under way, Carmelo Anthony was quoted as saying how he was still bitter about the Knicks 41 point shellacking delivered by the Celtics back on December 8th. “That game left a bitter taste in my mouth… It was unacceptable… We remember that,” said the star Anthony. Let me just quickly translate that for you: one of the most pure scorers this league has seen in a long long time is very pissed off because a team as terrible as the Celtics handed their asses to them. Expect pain.
114 points later and I say message well received Mr. Anthony! Would you like a side of Cheerios with that? (Just kidding, please don’t follow me to the bus and kill me.) If you watched the game, you’re probably not reading this article because reading/watching anything regarding a loss that pathetic is probably hazardous to your health. To those of you who didn’t see the ‘contest’, kudos!
Tonight was one of those truly impressive losses where the Celtics truly did not lead once. Every Knick scored tonight, I think I even saw Mike Woodson drain a three during a timeout. Three New York reserves scored more points than any player in green tonight, including Jeremy Tyler, a player more famously known for taking JR Smith’s brother’s roster spot. On the bright side, Carmelo only scored 24, that’s the least amount he’s had in two weeks! Even with Tyson Chandler being knocked out of the game with an injury, the Knicks still managed to dominate every facet.
Two players shot higher than 50% tonight for the Celtics. TWO. Jared Sullinger (who somehow managed to collect zero defensive rebounds??) and Chris Johnson (sadly the most impressive player for the C’s tonight). Johnson, playing on his second ten day contract, scored all 12 of his points from behind the arc. The Rondo watch continues to look ugly as he connected on just 3 of his 13 shot attempts and had nearly as many turnovers (4) as assists (5). I could continue to scrap through the Celtics’ stats for anything positive, but I think tonight’s basketball needs to come to a merciful conclusion.
The only way games like this can be considered bearable is if we keep our eyes on the future. With the hope of a blue chip prospect donning green in June, these losses will be swallowable (yupp, that’s a word) if the slightest hope of a Wiggins-esque star remains. So thanks for reading C’s fans and here’s to happier days ahead!