Don't expect Celtics to repeat Knicks blowout

Don't expect Celtics to repeat Knicks blowout
December 13, 2013, 6:30 pm
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BOSTON — As a former player and now a head coach, Mike Woodson has been a part of his share of blowout losses.

But the 41-point drubbing the Boston Celtics put on his New York Knicks, in Madison Square Garden less than a week ago, has not been forgotten by him or his players.

Knicks guard Raymond Felton called the loss "embarrassing."

Woodson echoed similar sentiments.

"I've been around this thing long enough. That was embarrassing," Woodson said. "You have to give this team a lot of credit for coming out and playing ... I want to see how we respond."

Celtics coach Brad Stevens is well aware that his team's win on Dec. 8 was one of those nights when just about everything that could go right for the Celtics, happened.

And the Knicks?

Just the opposite which is why he fully expects tonight's game to be a lot closer.

"Each game is its own entity," Stevens said. "Each game is its own separate thing. The Knicks are extremely talented as we all know. I've always thought Mike was a good coach. And you got a guy like Carmelo who on most nights, will be the best individual player in the gym. So you really got a lot of things that don't add up to what happened last Sunday. But that's part of sports. That's why we have to attack and play as well as we can and understand that last Sunday has nothing to do with tonight."