Defensive communication- A little better but still not where it should be at this point. In the third quarter the Knicks struggled on close outs allowing for the Celts first unit to get a double digit lead. Outstanding job as a team on the glass, specifically from Steve Novak and Raymond Felton. Jason Kidd's defense and ability to make the little plays continues to be impressive.
Tyson Chandler's Offense- Felton got Chandler involved on a few lobs and Chandler was much more active in the paint finishing with 16 points on just 8 field goal attempts. He's a difference maker against the Celtics and is critical to their success vs the C's this year.
Point Guard Pressure- I thought the Knicks did a solid job against Rondo and forcing him to work for great plays and easy assists. The Celtics lack of a true back up point guard may prove costly, but you have to assume that Rondo will play close to 40 minutes every single night.
All in all I thought minus Stoudemire, Camby, Brewer and J.R. Smith, the Knicks had a pretty good showing.