These players were expected to at least improve the Knicks from their miserable 17-65 season when development was prioritized, and players like Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Enes Kanter departed midseason. So there was little reason for Boston to panic when trailing by nine points in the third quarter.
Kevin Knox's long jumper put the Knicks ahead 72-63 with 7:20 left in the period, their biggest lead of the game. Brown's cube with 1:39 to play gave Boston its biggest advantage of the game, 110-99.
The score was tied 58-58 at halftime after a back-and-forth first two quarters. Knox finished with 11 points and Damyean Dotson added 10 for the Knicks.
Celtics: Other than a 14-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in the season opener, every other Boston defeat this season has been by five points or less.
While watching the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers play a few nights ago, something stuck out as very confusing to me. Kemba Walker led Boston with 33 points, and Marcus Morris Sr. paced NY scoring 29 points. The Celtics defeated the Knicks 104-102 in their last matchup on November 1.
Knicks: 2-8, averaging 86.4 points, 38.3 rebounds, 18.1 assists, 6.9 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 43.2 percent from the field. The season was evaluated in 10-game blocks, they said, and the first segment was not good enough. Clearly, that's not happening now, given where Knox and Trier stand, but if the Knicks walk out of this rigorous part of their schedule without a win, they could be 4-20 by December 11, before a battle of the worst records with Golden State. New York's Marcus Morris had started the first 19 but missed Sunday's game with cervical spasms. The Celtics take the court next on Wednesday night for a matchup against the Miami Heat at TD Garden, though it's unclear if Smart will be available. Rookie R.J. Barrett also chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds.