Five Takeaways: Knicks Hang In To Take Game 1

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1. De-fense!


I wrote previously that I didn't think the Celtics could outscore the Knicks and that was certainly the case in Game One. Boston was crisp offensively in the first half, but was hapless in the second. The Knicks allowed their foe to shoot just 25.9% in the second half and forced 11 turnovers. Kenyon Martin gave New York a huge boost in 17 second half minutes. Not only did he provide solid defensive rebounding and rim protection, but he was strong in jumping out and guarding the Celtic small forwards at times.

New York has been a great fourth quarter team all season and that showed true again today. They outscored Boston by 10 in the fourth quarter, holding the Celtics to 8 points. That's not a typo. The Celtics scored 8 points in the 4th. That's unheard of, especially in a playoff game. They also did a great job containing notorious Knick killers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, holding them to 10-27 shooting combined. All in all, it was a great defensive effort.

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