Celtics-Knicks superlatives: Game 1

Celtics-Knicks superlatives: Game 1
April 20, 2013, 9:15 pm
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Here are some of the standout performances - and standing out doesn't always equate to good play, mind you -  in Boston's 85-78 loss to New York in Game 1 of their best-of-seven playoff series:

STUDS

* Carmelo Anthony, Knicks: Not only did he lead all scorers with a game-high 36 points, but he delivered one clutch basket after another in the game's final moments to secure the victory.

* Jeff Green, Celtics: Most of Green's damage came in the first half when he scored 20 of his team-high 26 points. Even with the rest that comes during TV time-outs during the playoffs, the C's can't lean on Green to play 45-plus minutes like he did in Game 1.

* Kenyon Martin, Knicks: He came off the Knicks bench to score 10 points and grab a team-high nine rebounds. It was the kind of performance that provided Celtics Nation yet another 'what-if...' scenario to ponder over considering the Celtics had a chance to acquire Martin well before he signed with the Knicks.

DUDS

Jason Terry, Celtics: He struggled during the regular season, and his postseason debut wasn't any better. Actually, it was the worst playoff game he has ever had in terms of shooting the ball. Terry was scoreless, missing all five of his shots from the field for his first basket-less playoff game ever.

Avery Bradley, Celtics: His 15 points on 7-for-14 shooting was a much-needed boost for Boston, but there were too many bad passes leaving his hands that as the team's point guard, just can't happen in this high stakes game called the playoffs. "We were making post passes from the other side of the floor; those are just not good passes," said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.

Chris Copeland, Knicks: Not much is expected from Copeland in this series, but to go scoreless with one rebound and a steal and have the problems he did defensively against Jeff Green, you have to wonder if it was just first playoff game butterflies or will this be someone the C's will continue to pick on throughout this series.

SUPER SUB

* Jason Kidd, Knicks: He had eight points and five rebounds, but Kidd did so many little things such as deflections and steals and committing timely fouls, that often go overlooked.  Not by Doc Rivers, who said Kidd, "beats everyone with his brain. He beats them into the ground with his brain. He just thinks, he's in the right place. It's a great example. If you think quicker than a guy can move, you're still quicker. That's why he's there first, because he thought what the guy was going to do before he did it."

KEY PLAY

With the ball and leading 70-63, Boston's Paul Pierce came down and took a quick 3-pointer that rimmed in and out. New York went on to score the final four points of the quarter and the first five of the fourth quarter to regain a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the game.

LOOKING AHEAD

Down 1-0 in the series, all is not lost for the Boston Celtics. A win in Game 2 on Tuesday will give them the one thing they wanted to leave the Big Apple with - home court advantage. Fewer turnovers and more impact play from the bench will go far in Boston's efforts to get back into this series.