The New York Knicks suffered their third-worst home loss in franchise history, getting blown out by the Celtics by a score of 114-73.
The Knicks hadn’t won back-to-back games by over 30 points since 1997, so if you root for this team, you knew a let down was coming. New York really couldn’t have come out any flatter, going down 23-3 in the blink of an eye. They didn’t hit their first field goal until 5:46 left in the first quarter.
Jordan Crawford led the onslaught with 23 points, including six three-pointers, but the Celtics got worthy contributions from everybody. Jared Sullinger was all over the place, getting buckets in the post, off the pick-and-roll, and stepping behind the three-point line. He even tipped in an inbounds pass as the shot clock was expiring. Jeff Green and Brandon Bass both finished with 16 points and Avery Bradley chipped in with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 19 points. Amar’e Stoudemire scored a season-high 17 points but continued to be a ticking time bomb on defense.
You would think that the Knicks offense was affected by the snow that blanketed most of the country today. They shot 25-73 from the field today, good enough for a measly 34%, and looked completely lost at times. The shot selection was atrocious and the ball movement that sparked the two-game winning streak was totally absent. A slow start is expected during a 12:00 game, but this was a whole new level of futility.
Some may blame the offensive dud for the loss, but it clearly was the jersey’s fault. The Knicks are now 0-6 in orange.
The most entertaining part of the day might have been Tina Cervasio’s New York Minute with Adam Sandler at halftime. The second half was an unorganized mess full of porous defense and hoisted threes. Toure Murry and Cole Aldrich both played their season-high in minutes.
Mike Woodson tinkered with the starting lineup, giving Tim Hardaway Jr. his first career start. The Knicks responded with their worst performance of the season, so I’m not sure if we’ll see it again anytime soon, but it’s something to keep an eye on. Hardaway Jr finished with 8 points, although he did most of his damage in the second half when the game was out of reach. Not that it wasn’t out of reach in the first five minutes.
The Knicks will look to get back on track in Cleveland on Tuesday.