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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez battles with Boston Celtics center Al Horford for the tip off during the first quarter at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez battles with Boston Celtics center Al Horford for the tip off during the first quarter at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points to help the Boston Celtics beat back a fourth-quarter charge and defeat the Brooklyn Nets 114-105 on Monday night to keep alive their hopes of securing the Eastern Conference's top seed.

The Celtics clinched the Atlantic Division title and can finish with no worse than the No. 2 seed.

Al Horford added 19 points and eight rebounds.

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Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Jeff Hornacek discuss the Knicks' 117-106 win over the Celtics on the road.

Derrick Rose matched his season high with 30 points, and the slumping New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 117-106 on Wednesday night.

New York played without injured starters Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah, but Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Hernangomez each scored 17 points to help make up for their absence. It was just the third win in 14 games for the Knicks. >> Read more 

Tags: Boston Celtics, Derrick Rose

Jan 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) and center Kyle O'Quinn (M) react after guard Courtney Lee (5) scores against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) and center Kyle O'Quinn (M) react after guard Courtney Lee (5) scores against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks take on the Celtics in Boston at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. 

According to STATS...

  • Boston has won four straight and eight of its last nine games against New York dating back to February 3, 2015. In those games, the Celtics are scoring 14.3 fast break points per game while holding the Knicks to 6.6 per game.
  • The Knicks are shooting only 52.4 percent from the paint this season, the lowest mark in the Eastern Conference.
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Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports Images)
Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks host the Boston Celtics on Sunday at Madison Square Garden at noon.

According to STATS:

  • The Celtics defeated the Knicks 115-87 in Boston on Nov. 11. Neither team shot the ball well in that contest (Bos, 38.9 FG% & NY, 35.1 FG%) but the Celtics hit five more 3s (11) than the Knicks (6). New York has lost three of its last four home games in this series. New York's 22 wins on Christmas Day are the most by any current NBA team.
  • The Knicks defeated the Magic 106-95 on Thursday, snapping their eight-game streak of giving up 100 or more points to their opponent.
  • Entering this weekend, Courtney Lee (47.6 3P%) was leading the NBA in three-point field-goal percentage this season (minimum 1 3PM/team G). Only two Knicks' players have ever led the NBA in three-point shooting in a season: Steve Novak (2011-12) and Campy Russell (1981-82).
  • This will be Carmelo Anthony's fifth career appearance in a Christmas Day game. He has scored 32 or more points in each of his previous four; his 34.3 (137/4) career scoring average on Christmas Day ranks second highest by any player since 1963-64 (Tracy McGrady, 43.3) (minimum 3 Christmas Day games).
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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis controls the ball against Orlando Magic power forward Serge Ibaka during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis controls the ball against Orlando Magic power forward Serge Ibaka during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

A three-word declaration from Kristaps Porzingis was all New York Knicks fans needed to hear.

"I'll be ready," Porzingis said to reporters Friday as the Knicks prepared to host the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon after a one-year absence from the NBA's Christmas Day schedule.

Before his statement, it was a scary moment for Porzingis on Thursday. Early in the fourth quarter of New York's 106-95 win over the Orlando Magic, Porzingis banged knees with Nikola Vucevic and did not return.

After the game, Porzingis described it as "a sharp pain" and also said it had "a little inflammation in the tendon and the bone." Following his declaration on Friday, Porzingis reiterated it a day later by saying he will be ready to play as the inflammation is gone.

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Kristaps Porzingis gives an update on his injury and discusses the Christmas Day matchup with the Boston Celtics at MSG.

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis said he'll be ready to play in Sunday's Christmas matchup with the Celtics. 

Porzingis hurt his right knee during Thursday's game with the Magic when he collided with Nikola Vucevic early in the fourth quarter. He did not return to the game. 

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Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick shoots against Boston Celtics small forward Jae Crowder during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick shoots against Boston Celtics small forward Jae Crowder during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Despite Sean Kilpatrick's 23 points, the Brooklyn Nets couldn't stop Avery Bradley or Isaiah Thomas in a 111-92 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday at Barclays Center.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

When a defense slips significantly coaches frequently refer to it as "slippage".

Lately, the Brooklyn Nets have used the term frequently when discussing their many defensive ailments.

Practice time has been limited but the Nets will have had two days to see if drills carry over into a game setting Wednesday night when they host the Boston Celtics and attempt to end an ugly four-game losing streak.

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Nov 11, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) reacts after making a basket during the first half against the New York Knicks at TD Garden. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 11, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) reacts after making a basket during the first half against the New York Knicks at TD Garden. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

BOSTON -- Isaiah Thomas scored 23 of his 29 points in the first half, and the Boston Celtics snapped a three-game losing streak with a 115-87 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

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Oct 17, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson directs his team on the court during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson directs his team on the court during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

With expectations raised after the signing of free agent Al Horford, the Boston Celtics open the season with a home game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.That's the Nets -- the gift that just keeps on giving for the Celtics after the monster trade between the teams in 2013."Part of the reason I came here was because -- and I had a good situation in Atlanta like we've established before -- but when I looked at the guys who were here, I was like: 'It would be great to play with those guys,'" Horford said as he and his new team prepped for the opener. "We can build out from there."

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) controls the ball as Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) controls the ball as Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets were sluggish in the first quarter and never recovered, as they fell to the Celtics on Monday night, 120-99, at TD Garden in Boston. The Nets were down 29-16 after one and could never recover. Jeremy Lin recorded 13 points and five assists in the loss. Sean Kilpatrick had a team-high 15 points (6-of-10 from the field) and also grabbed three rebounds.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) poses for a portrait during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet)
Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) poses for a portrait during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet)

The Nets sat struggling rookie guard Isaiah Whitehead in Thursday's loss to the Celtics, although head coach Kenny Atkinson said the rest was pre-planned. The 6-foot-4 rookie shooting guard has just nine points on 3-of-13 shooting from the field in two preseason games. He also has four turnovers and has yet to hit a 3-pointer. Atkinson said after the loss that Whitehead will get back in the lineup at some point soon.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) high fives forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Jennifer Stewart)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) high fives forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Jennifer Stewart)

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With the release of the 2016-17 season NBA schedule, here's a look at what figure to be some very key matchups for the new-look Knicks. 

Oct. 25 -- visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers

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Free-agent forward Kevin Durant will reportedly meet with several teams, including the Knicks.



Updates from June 27

4:36 pm: Durant said "We'll see," when asked about the Knicks at a Team USA event on Monday.

3:05 pm: Carmelo says he is not pressuring Durant but "We're friends, we hang out" according to Adam Zagoria.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony follows through against the Boston Celtics during the first half at TD Garden. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony follows through against the Boston Celtics during the first half at TD Garden. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports Images)

Isaiah Thomas had 32 points and eight assists, Avery Bradley hit a go-ahead layup with 17.7 seconds left and the Boston Celtics extended their home winning streak to 13 games with a 105-104 win over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

Evan Turner had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics, and Jae Crowder finished with 20 points and eight rebounds.

Boston trailed by eight points in the fourth quarter but used a series of mini-runs to eventually take the lead for good on the driving layup by Bradley.

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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots between Miami Heat power forward Amar'e Stoudemire and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots between Miami Heat power forward Amar'e Stoudemire and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks face the Boston Celtics on the road Friday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Celtics have taken two of the three games played between these clubs so far in 2015-16, including a 100-91 victory in Boston on December 27.
  • The Knicks have dropped their last six road games versus Eastern Conference opponents, getting outscored by an average of 8.1 (106.3-98.2) points per game during this skid.
  • The Celtics went 23-for-24 (.958) from the free-throw line and committed just five turnovers against Portland on Wednesday. They became the first team to shoot 95+ percent from the line (minimum 20 FTA) while committing five or fewer turnovers in a game since the Heat (95.0 FT%, 5 TOs) did it versus Orlando, February 22, 2009.
  • Kristaps Porzingis (119) has set a franchise rookie record for the most blocked shots in a season. He has had six blocks in his three games against the Celtics.
  • Isaiah Thomas had 30 points in Wednesday's victory over the Trail Blazers. It was his seventh 30+ point performance in 2015-16; the last Celtic to have more in a season was Paul Pierce (12) in 2008-09.
  • Marcus Smart has 15 points and 11 rebounds (tied his career high) off the bench on Wednesday. He became just the second player listed at 6'4" or shorter to have 15+ points and 10+ boards off the bench in a game this season (Jrue Holiday, NO (6'4"; 29 & 11) vs LAC, January 10).
Tags: Boston Celtics, Kristaps Porzingis

NEW YORK -- On the same day that Andrew Smith passed away from cancer, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens fought back tears discussing the player he coached at Butler.

Stevens traveled to Indiana on Thursday to visit with Smith and missed the team's loss to the Chicago Bulls.

"I was happy that I got a chance to say goodbye," Stevens, who fought back tears while addressing a throng of reporters, said at Madison Square Garden before the Celtics met the Knicks. "And this is really about when you coach somebody, you get a lot more out of coaching them than they do from you. So, that's that. I could go on and on and it wouldn't do him justice. He was special, he was tough, he set a great example..."

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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts with New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after hitting an off balance three point shot as the shot clock expired against the Milwaukee Bucks during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks defeated the Bucks 100-88. (Brad Penner)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts with New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after hitting an off balance three point shot as the shot clock expired against the Milwaukee Bucks during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks defeated the Bucks 100-88. (Brad Penner)

New York tries to win for the sixth time in eight games since losing to the Celtics when the teams meet at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

New York (19-20) appears to be feeling it now, and ending a four-game series skid against Boston (19-18) will draw them even for second place in the Atlantic. The Celtics have dropped five of six since beating the Knicks.

The Knicks have had one bad game in their last seven, losing 108-81 at Chicago on New Year's Day, and their other loss in that span may have done more to build their confidence than squash it. They nearly handed San Antonio its first home defeat Friday, but Jose Calderon's 3-pointer bounced off the rim at the buzzer in a 100-99 loss.

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Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner drives against Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner drives against Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jae Crowder scored a career-high 25 points with a strong start and a clutch finish, and the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 103-94 on Monday night to split a home-and-home series.

Crowder had 14 points in the first quarter, then was largely quiet until hitting a 3-pointer and adding a three-point play after Brooklyn got close in the final minutes. He surpassed his previous best of 24 points by making a pair of free throws with 16 seconds remaining.

Isaiah Thomas added 19 points for the Celtics, who rebounded from consecutive losses at home, including the Nets' 100-97 victory on Saturday. Evan Turner, starting for the injured Avery Bradley, had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez grabs a rebound during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez grabs a rebound during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USATSI)

After beating the Celtics on the road Saturday, the Nets host the Celtics at Barclays Center on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • These clubs will meet for the second in three days, after Brooklyn held on for a 100-97 victory at TD Garden on Saturday. The Nets currently lead the 2015-16 season series, two games to one.
  • The Celtics have allowed at least 100 points while dropping their last two games. For the season overall, Boston is just 1-13 (.071) when permitting triple digits, as opposed to 17-2 (.895) when limiting opponents to 99 points or fewer.
  • The Nets have won three of their past four games on the road after opening 1-12 away from home. However, after going 6-4 over their first 10 games in Brooklyn, the Nets have lost their last six home games and haven't won at Barclays Center since December 10.
  • With 24 points and six assists on Saturday, Isaiah Thomas paced the Celtics in both categories for the 16th time this season. Only Houston's James Harden (21) and Portland's Damian Lillard (20) have generated more such performances for their teams.
  • Coming of a month of December in which he averaged fewer than 10 points per game (9.6) for the first time since December 2002 (minimum 5 games), Joe Johnson opened January by scoring 20 points on Saturday.
  • Brook Lopez produced his first 30-point effort of the season on Saturday while collecting at least 10 rebounds for the fourth straight game. His double-double streak (four games) is tied for the second-longest active mark in the NBA, one behind DeAndre Jordan (5).
Tags: Brook Lopez, Boston Celtics, Joe Johnson

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) tips the ball in the basket during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) tips the ball in the basket during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara)

It may have taken the Brooklyn Nets one blowout loss to figure it out, but they've spent the past two meetings with Boston taking advantage of a major size advantage.

After losing Jarrett Jack to a season-ending knee injury, the Nets will likely keep feeding Brook Lopez inside Monday night when they try to sweep this home-and-home set and take the series from the visiting Celtics for the third time in four seasons.

Lopez, Brooklyn's 7-foot center, wasn't much of a factor in the first matchup Nov. 20, finishing with 14 points while attempting just nine shots in a 120-95 loss at Boston. The Celtics (18-15) start 6-9 Jared Sullinger in the middle but outscored the Nets 68-40 in the paint during their best shooting performance (58.6) in two seasons.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas defends during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas defends during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USATSI)

Nets guard Jarrett Jack is out for the season with a torn ACL, the team announced Sunday afternoon. 

He will have surgery Monday.

Jack left Saturday's game against the Celtics in the third quarter with right knee sprain (Jan. 2).

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez works the ball against Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson during the second half at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez works the ball against Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson during the second half at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USATSI)

BOSTON (AP) -- Brook Lopez scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 100-97 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

Joe Johnson added 20 points, Thaddeus Young 16 with 10 boards, and Bojan Bogdanovic 13 points for the Nets, who won for just the third time in 11 games.

Isaiah Thomas had 24 points, Jae Crowder 16 and Evan Turner 12 for Boston. The Celtics dropped their second straight after a season-high four-game winning streak.

Nets guard Jarrett Jack left the game after crumbling to the court and grabbing his right knee late in the third quarter. The team said it was a sprain. >> Read more...

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Brook Lopez, Boston Celtics, Jarrett Jack, Thaddeus Young

Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas defends during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas defends during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USATSI)

Nets guard Jarrett Jack left Saturday's game against the Celtics in the third quarter with right knee sprain (Jan. 2).

Driving down court on a fastbreak, Jack slipped on the court after he tried to control a bounce pass from Wayne Ellington and went down, grabbing his right leg. He was helped off the court and taken to the locker room.

In 22:48, Jack recorded nine assists and scored just two points on 0-for-5 shooting.

He has averaged 13.2 points, 7.3 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 31 games with Brooklyn this season.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez drives on Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol during the second half at the United Center. Brooklyn won 105-102. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez drives on Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol during the second half at the United Center. Brooklyn won 105-102. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USATSI)

The Nets face the Boston Celtics on the road on Saturday at 3 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • This is the front end of a home-and-home, as these teams will play in Brooklyn on Monday. They have split their first two meetings in 2015-16, with the home team winning both times.
  • Brooklyn is not getting to the free-throw line this season (19.5 FTA/G, 28th, NBA) but neither are the Nets' opponents (21.0 FTA/G, 4th fewest, NBA)
  • The Celtics have attempted at least 20 three-pointers in each of their 32 games this season. That is their longest streak to start a season since at least 1985-86.
  • Brook Lopez has had five double-doubles in his last six games, back-to-back 20/10 performances. Lopez was the last Nets' player to have three straight 20/10 games in a single season (December 26-29, 2012).
  • Isaiah Thomas is averaging 24.7 (148/6) points per game versus divisional opponents in 2015-16. He has had 18 and 27 points, respectively, in his two games against the Nets.
  • Jae Crowder is averaging 17.8 points (on 50.0 percent shooting) and 8.3 rebounds over his last six games. He is averaging 12.0 PPG (on 62.5% shooting) and 3.5 RPG against the Nets this season.
Tags: Brook Lopez, Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara)
Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara)

The Knicks suffered their fourth straight loss on Sunday night, falling to the Celtics. The nature of such a defeat is becoming all too familiar for New York, as team intensity continues to waver as the players perform lethargically. 

Though the team started last season going 5-36, this 14-18 squad doesn't look much different right about now. How does a squad with so many personnel changes look so similar? In this case, the coach is the culprit. On Saturday night against Atlanta, Coach Derek Fisher messed with the team's rhythm early on, even as they were finding success. On Sunday in Boston, he instead fell asleep at the wheel, failing to make the substitutions necessary to ensure the Knicks met the Celtics' level of intensity.

Despite being led by the ever pesky Isaiah Thomas on the offensive end, defensively is where Boston shined. Paced by the likes of Jae Crowder and Amir Johnson, the hometown team's physical brand of defense overwhelmed the Knicks. Spacing was limited as ample ball pressure was applied. Jose Calderon struggled on Thomas, but Langston Galloway quietly did a decent job, at least through three quarters. The Knicks could have overcome his late game heroics, if the rhythm Carmelo Anthony and Co. seemed to find in the third quarter (they outscored the Celtics 26-23) lasted all game long. Building a consistent effort seems to be a difficult thing to do right now. Here are more observations from the loss:

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Boston Celtics, Derrick Williams, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets are in Boston on Friday to take on the Celtics at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • This is the front end of a home-and-home series, as the teams will meet in Brooklyn on Sunday. The Celtics have won three of the last four games in this series.
  • The Nets are shooting 47.7 percent before halftime, but just 40.5 percent in the second half of their games so far this season. That is the second-biggest differential in the NBA (second-half FG% worse).
  • The Celtics are getting an impressive 11.8 steals per game in 2015-16, which leads the NBA. Although it is early in the season, that is on pace to be the most steals per game by any team since the 1997-98 Celtics averaged 12.0 per contest.
  • Thaddeus Young is averaging 19.6 points and 8.4 rebounds while shooting 58.9 (43/73) percent from the floor over his last five games.
  • Avery Bradley has made at least half of his shot attempts in each of his last six games against the Nets. Bradley is averaging 20.5 points per game on 54.4 (49/90) percent shooting, including 50.0 (16/32) percent from behind the arc, during this streak.
  • Brook Lopez has had at least one blocked shot in each of his last 18 games. That is the longest active streak in the NBA.
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The Nets are in Boston to take on the Celtics this afternoon.

The game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on The?YES Network and?WFAN radio.

Joe Johnson, Mason Plumlee, Kevin Garnett, Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev are expected to start for the Nets. Brook Lopez?will once again come off the bench with an expected increase in minutes played. Deron Williams is active and will also be coming off of the bench.

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The Nets (36-31) defeated the Celtics (23-47) on Friday by a score of 114-98.

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[sny-box]The Nets had one of their most efficient shooting nights of the season, shooting just under 60% from the field for most of the night, ultimately finishing at 56.4%.

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The Nets (30-30) lost to the Boston Celtics (21-41) by a score of 91-84.

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[sny-box]The Nets started ice cold offensively, missing all 17 of their three-point tries in the first half.?It was the most misses without a make in any NBA first half in 15 years.

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Tonight, the Nets are back on the road as they travel to face the division rival Boston Celtics at the TD Garden. Brooklyn is looking to win their fifth straight game, which would match their longest winning streak of the season.

There was a time, early in the 2013-14, when the Celtics led the Atlantic division, and the Nets were struggling to adjust. That time is long gone now, however.

Since January 1, the Nets are 20-8, with a .714 winning percentage that's the best in the Eastern Conference and third-best in the NBA. The Celtics have gone the other direction, at 7-23 in that span, with a .233 winning percentage, third-worst in the NBA.

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The Nets beat the Boston Celtics?to win for the 10th time in their last 11 games. It?certainly?wasn't a pretty game, as the two teams both shot under 40% from the field, but it also wasn't your typical January matchup.

For the first time in his career, Paul Pierce played against the only franchise he'd ever known since coming into the league in 1998. He and Kevin Garnett were teammates in Celtics green for six seasons, but they were visitors at the TD Garden on Sunday.

The atmosphere was electric all night long, with thunderous cheers and classy first-quarter video tributes for the two future Hall of Fame Celtic legends.

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The Nets (20-22) defeated the Boston Celtics (15-31) tonight by a score of 85-79.

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[sny-box] Emotions were running high at the start of the contest with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett?s return to TD Garden. But the play on the court from both sides certainly did not live up to the hype.

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Deron Williams made his much anticipated return last night, and boy, it was like night and day watching this team play with him on and?off the floor.

The team seemed to have a focus and identity with him running the?show. The first half it was extremely evident as the Celtics ran out to a 14-5 lead and then it was like a light switch went on for Williams. He?started to run and get the Nets into early offense and they ran off a?30-10 run to go into half with a 56-47 lead.

That hasn't happened much this season, folks.

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The Nets (7-14) defeated the Boston Celtics (10-13) tonight by a score of 104-96.

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[sny-box] The Nets had a comfortable 13-point lead after three quarters but went cold from the field to start the fourth. The Celtics though could not make a serious enough dent into the lead, so when Brooklyn regained its stroke, the game was sealed.

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Tonight, the Nets play their third division game of the season, as they take on the Boston Celtics at the Barclays Center at 7:30 pm. The two teams came together on a major trade this past offseason, and there's no doubt the players involved in that deal have had December 10 circled on their calendars ever since.

In July, the Nets and Celtics agreed on a deal that sent future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, along with Jason Terry, to Brooklyn in exchange for five players and three future first-round draft picks. It was expected that the Nets would become a powerhouse, while the Celtics would be in rebuilding mode.

However, few would've expected the two teams to be in the respective positions they find themselves in today, as the two teams get set to square off for the first time this season. It's the Celtics, not the Nets, who sit atop the Atlantic division with a 10-12 record. It's the Nets, not the Celtics who enter tonight fourth in the division at 6-14.

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Keith Bogans is ready to take Reggie Evans to task on some ribbing Evans dished out during the preseason.

According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, Bogans said Evans sent him lemons before the Nets and Celtics met in the preseason?to give him a playful message:

"When the Nets visited Boston for the teams' preseason finale in October, Evans found a couple of lemons in the visiting locker room at TD Garden. He grabbed a marker and had teammates autograph them before having a ball boy deliver them across the hall to Bogans and [MarShon] Brooks.?The insinuation: Life handed them lemons, so enjoy the sour taste of losing."

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The Nets lost to the Celtics tonight by a score of 101-97.

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[sny-box]The Nets played very good defense to start the game and held Boston to 19 first quarter points only to see the game go south pretty quickly after that. It became a struggle to score and players began doing things they don't normally do and they looked disjointed at times.

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So the Brooklyn Nets acquired two Hall of Famers to team up with three superstars to form easily one of the best ? if not the best ? starting five in the NBA.

The blockbuster trade sending Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets from the Boston Celtics is official, meaning the Nets starting lineup will feature a combined 35 All-Star appearances and be worth $82 million.

Last season, one of the Nets? strengths was the team?s depth. The team received significant contributions from the ?Bench Mob? including Andray Blatche, C.J. Watson, Keith Bogans and at times Jerry Stackhouse.

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?When meeting the media after Wednesday morning?s first summer league practice, Brooklyn Nets? first-year head coach Jason Kidd had a telling statement about his new team.

He was asked about the possibility of coaching several marquee names all at once ? pending the huge blockbuster trade agree to last week by the Nets and Celtics.

Coach Kidd was asked if coaching a team laden with big named players would be daunting, to which he gave the perfect response.

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Forget about the "Big Three." The Brooklyn Nets are about to become the "Big Five."

Photo courtesy: Associated Press

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Boston Celtics' superstar Kevin Garnett has reportedly agreed to waive his no-trade clause and will come to Brooklyn along with Paul Pierce and Jason Terry as part of a blockbuster trade.

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On Wednesday night, the Nets defeated the Boston Celtics by a final score of 101-93.

The Skinny: The Celtics raced out to the early lead, relying on hot three-point shooting to open an eight-point lead. But Joe Johnson found his outside stroke, and the Nets responded with a 13-2 run, capped off by back-to-back three-pointers by C.J. Watson. Brooklyn led by one after one.

Deron Williams took control offensively to open the second quarter, helping to increase the Nets? lead to six. Boston?s second unit immediately fought back to regain the lead, but from there the Nets went on a 15-4 run to lead by 10 at the break. D-Will scored 11 points in the quarter, and things began to get chippy as Kevin Garnett picked up a technical foul for a skirmish with Reggie Evans.

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Tonight at 8 p.m., the Nets battle the Boston Celtics.

These teams have had some heated battles this season which have resulted in a few on-court skirmishes.

The Nets are 2-1 this season against Boston and will attempt to win the season series tonight against their division rival.

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The "Boston Brawl" that took place in Wednesday night's Brooklyn Nets win against the Boston Celtics may have people all over the league talking, but Kris Humphries wants no part of any of the talk.? The media has been asking Hump for comment after comment and he has refused to acknowledge the incident as if it would give it credence if he did.

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Humphries finally spoke about the incident yesterday for the first time so what did he have to say?

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Joe Johnson

Coming off of last night's impressive victory of the Boston Celtics, the Nets?now 10-4 and leading the NBA's Atlantic division over the New York Knicks by virtue of the tiebreaker?are feeling pretty good about themselves.

The team will return to action on Friday night when they play in Orlando against the Magic and attempt to make it five wins in a row.

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On Wednesday night, the Nets defeated the Boston Celtics by a final score of 95-83.

The Skinny: Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries exploited their height advantage over the Celtics in the early minutes, but Lopez committed two fouls in 3:30 to send him to the bench. Kevin Garnett took over from there, scoring six early points, but he also took a seat in the opening minutes. The Nets went on an 8-0 run to establish a three-point lead and led by eight after the first quarter.

The Nets? bench, led by Andray Blatche and Jerry Stackhouse, came out with great energy in the second quarter. Brooklyn jumped out to a 21-point lead with a great offensive effort, but it was the defense that was most impressive in the first half, forcing Boston into 13 first half turnovers. The Celtics made a comeback, but the Nets still led by 13 at the break.

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In case you missed it, during Wednesday night's battle up in Boston against the Celtics, with 29.5 seconds remaining in the first half and the Nets leading the Celtics by a score of 51-35, Kris Humphries fouled Kevin Garnett. Humphries made slight contact with Garnett's face and Garnett fell to the hardwood.

Rajon Rondo took exception and attacked Kris Humphries. The skirmish ensued which resulted in three ejections. Humphries and Rondo were both tossed for their role in the brawl and Gerald Wallace and Kevin Garnett were each given technical fouls.

Unfortunately for the Nets, Gerald Wallace picked up a technical foul earlier in the game for arguing a non-call and picked up his second technical during the skirmish. Both he and Humphries were ejected for the Nets. For the Celtics, Rondo was tossed and Garnett was called for a technical foul.

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Tonight, at 7:30 P.M., the Atlantic division leading Brooklyn Nets will battle the Boston Celtics in Boston TD Banknorth Garden.

The Nets are looking to win four games in a row after losing to the Golden State Warriors last Wednesday. But in order to do so, it will need a complete effort against a Celtics team that will fight hard.

Rajon Rondo

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The entire NBA? knows what the normal defensive protocol is for playing Boston Celtics all-star point guard Rajon Rondo: go under the screens on pick-and-rolls and make him beat you with his jump shot. Don't allow him to create easy buckets in the paint for others or otherwise wreak havoc in the lane.

Ahead of tonight's game, it will be interesting to see how the Nets play him. Rondo may surprise them with improve perimeter shooting proficiency.

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