April 22, 2013

Celtics plan more Garnett, and Knicks expect it

The Associated Press

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Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) and Celtics center Kevin Garnett (5) react in the second half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball playoffs in New York, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Knicks can afford to be patient while Chandler regains his stamina as long as they keep getting efforts like they received Saturday from Kenyon Martin, who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, and played the entire fourth quarter. Along with J.R. Smith, who won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award Monday, the Knicks appear to have a huge advantage when the teams have to go to their benches.

But Martin expects the Celtics to figure out some way to address Saturday's errors.

"They're well-coached and they know what they have to do," Martin said. "They're going to come here, they're going to scratch, claw, fight, you know what I'm saying, in order to get a game. So we've got to be prepared for whatever."

Most importantly, Boston needs to run a cleaner offense, with better spacing and much smarter passes.

"A lot of times we found ourselves — I wouldn't say discombobulated, but uneven at times," Garnett said.

The Knicks haven't held a 2-0 lead since 2000, the last year they won a series. They realize how difficult it will be to win Game 3 on Friday in Boston, when the Celtics will be playing in front of their home fans for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombings, so they don't want to miss their chance to take command Tuesday.

"Tomorrow we're approaching this game as a must-win," said Anthony, who scored 36 points in Game 1. "Here on our home court, we want to win this basketball game. We don't want to go back to Boston 1-1."

 

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