When: 1:00 PM
Where: TD Garden
Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)
PG: Avery Bradley
SG: Paul Pierce
SF: Jeff Green
PF: Brandon Bass
C: Kevin Garnett
Knicks (#2 Seed, 54-28)
PG: Raymond Felton
SG: Pablo Prigioni
SF: Iman Shumpert
PF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Tyson Chandler
The Knicks have had players out all season long it seems.
Whether it was Melo, Felton, Amar'e, Shumpert, Sheed, Chandler, or Martin, this team always seemed to be short handed.
Well, as we reach the first of four possible attempts to put this series away, the Knicks will try to win it today without another key player.
J.R. Smith, who was called for a flagrant two foul because he elbowed Jason Terry in the chin, is suspended for the game this afternoon.
He had not missed a game for any reason outside of rest all season long and as you all know, was the 6th man of the year.
He is an important piece to the puzzle for the Knicks run this season. He is the second leading scorer on the team and when Melo is on the bench, the ball goes through him.
But the Knicks, as they have time and time again, will have to deal with another absence and try to take care of business in Boston today.
Even though Smith is such a key to this teams success this year, I still think the Knicks can win this game and put the Celtics out of their misery.
They had the home court advantage in Game Three, they had the emotions from the crowd and the fact they were down 2-0 to help motivate them. Then they come out flat and basically trail wire to wire. It was a stunning performance and more proof to me that they are done.
Now this is the part of the pre-game where I have to mention that no team in NBA history has ever come back from a 3-0 hole.
Now some Boston fans may bring up the 2004 Red Sox as a Boston team that has done it before. That was very true that they did. They can also reference the 2010 Bruins which blew a 3-0 lead to the Flyers. So Boston has seen it go in both directions.
Guess what though, I highly doubt that is going to happen in this situation. Even if they do conjure up some magic to stave off the sweep today at home, it may just delay the inevitable.
Smith would be back for Game Five and the game would be played in New York. Not exactly a good thing for the Celtics.
The Knicks have not won a seven game series since beating Miami in the East Semi's all the way back in 2000, which was their last series win period. Today seems like a nice day to erase that fact from the books.
They have missed players all year and still got the job done, lets see if they can do it one more time.
Enjoy the Game!
Five Questions About Tonight's Game
- Can Melo carry this team without the help of J.R. Smith?
- Will Chris Copeland be able to step up?
- Will the Celtics be able to conjure up something to avoid an embarrassing sweep at home?
- Which Jeff Green will show up?
- Can Raymond Felton be the second scoring option the Knicks need?