Celtics Win Despite Melo’s Heroics

After Game One, I bashed Carmelo Anthony for essentially losing the game for the Knicks.  He apparently read my post and took the Knicks on his shoulders in Game Two.  Melo put up video game stats tonight. 42 points, 17 rebounds, and 6 assists.  But it wasn’t enough to beat the Celtics, as Boston will head to New York Friday with a 2-0 series lead after beating the Knicks 96-93.  Rajon Rondo had 30 points and 7 assists for the Celtics.

The Knicks were already undermanned going into the game with Chauncey Billups in a suit on the bench after getting hurt in Game One.  Amare Stoudimire played just 18 minutes and didn’t return in the second half because of back spasms.  Apparently, putting the Knicks on his back in Game One was detrimental to his health.

The Celtics started out with Rondo driving to the basket over and over again making the game look like a personal lay up line.  At one point in the game Celtics announcer Mike Gorman said, “The Celtics could win this game by 25 if they wanted to.”  Carmelo Anthony wouldn’t let that happen as he put on a playoff performance that will remembered for years to come.  But just like when Jordan dropped 63 on the Celtics, it wasn’t enough.

Kevin Garnett was awful for the first 47 minutes of the game.  But in the last-minute he bullied Jared Jeffries in the post with 13 seconds left to put the Celtics up by one.  Then the 2nd place vote getter for Defensive Player of the Year stole the ball from Jeffries with 4 seconds left sealing the win for the Celtics.

The Celtics head to New York on Friday with a 2-0 lead.  But there are concerns with this team in a big picture view.  The bench was lousy tonight.  They were fortunate to not have to deal with Amare Stoudimire.  They were also fortunate that Landry Fields and Bill Walker are way in over their heads in this playoff series.  If the Celtics are to close out the Knicks, they will need to focus on playing a complete 48 minutes.  Here is the plus minus stats for the bench players of the Celtics: Delonte -4, Krstic -5, Green -7, and Davis -11.  The Heat and Bulls will take advantage of that.

. Until Friday, when the Madison Square Garden is sure to be raucous, the Celtics have a 2-0 series lead.  The y took care of business at home.  Now let’s see what they will do on the road.  A win is a win and they are now 14 away from Banner 18.


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