No Celtics make 1st, 2nd, or 3rd All-NBA Team

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No Celtics make 1st, 2nd, or 3rd All-NBA Team

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

The All-NBA Teams were announced on Thursday afternoon and for the second consecutive season, no members of the Boston Celtics were voted to either the First, Second, or Third Teams.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James received the most points (595) and was the only player to receive unanimous First Team voting. The First Team also included Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (593), Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (593), Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (551), and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (492).

Players named to the All-NBA Second Team were Dallas Mavericks Forward Dirk Nowitzki (437), Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (392), Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol (259), New York Knicks center Amare Stoudemire (258), and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (184).

Rounding out the All-NBA Third Team were New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul (157), Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (135), San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (106), Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (67), and Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (62).

Rajon Rondo received 68 points, more than Randolph and Horford, but less than other players at his position. Paul Pierce received 55 points, Kevin Garnett received 22, and Ray Allen received 1. Former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins received 3 points and was listed as Boston-Oklahoma City on the voting results.

While none of the Celtics were named to All-NBA Teams this season, their total points in voting increased from last season Rondo (47), Pierce (6), Garnett (1).

This seasons All-NBA teams were voted on by 119 sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada. First, Second, and Third Team votes were awarded on a 5-point, 3-point, 1-point scale and were voted on by position.

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Rose looking like his old self

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Rose looking like his old self

BOSTON – The New York Knicks have been in a massive funk of late, something the Boston Celtics had to know which, not surprisingly, would result in them playing with a heightened level of desperation.

That desperation left the Celtics a bit exasperated at the half which ended with a 10-2 run by New York that put them ahead 63-54 at the half.

After falling behind by as many as nine points in the second quarter, the Celtics rallied to within a single point (53-52) following a basket by Isaiah Thomas.

The second quarter was all-New York afterwards.

It was just a one-possession game (Boston led 34-31) for the Celtics going into the second quarter, which was exactly where Boston didn’t want to be against a Knicks team whose bench ranks among the NBA’s highest-scoring second units recently. In their last three games, the Knicks’ bench has averaged 43.0 points per game which according to hoopsstats.com, ranks sixth in the NBA during that span.

At the half, they had 33 points compared to just 12 for Boston’s backups.

Boston fell behind early 9-5, but the Celtics rallied following a time-out with a 15-4 run capped off by a 3-pointer from Isaiah Thomas.

The Celtics’ lead peaked at nine points on separate occasions in the first, but the Knicks closed out the first with a 12-6 spurt that cut Boston’s lead to 34-31 at the end of the first.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half.

 

STARS

Derrick Rose

The former league MVP looked like his old self tonight instead of just old. He led the Knicks with 14 points on 7-for-11 shooting.

Isaiah Thomas

The Knicks had great success inside the paint against all the Celtics minus Thomas who did much of his dirty work offensively on drives to the basket. At the half he had 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting.

 

STUDS

Willy Hernangomez

Boston had problems rebounding the ball, and Hernangomez was the main reason why. At the half he had 10 points and six rebounds, three of which were offensive boards.

Jae Crowder

Dealing with Carmelo Anthony is enough to keep Crowder busy tonight. But he’s doing that at a high level in addition to providing a nice punch offensively with 14 points.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas

You may not know his name, but his game was pretty impressive in the first half. At the half, he had nine points.

 

DUDS

Al Horford

We’ve seen him air-ball a 3-pointer, miss a lay-up and strguggle to get any shots to go down tonight. At the half, he had three points while missing nine of his 10 shot attempts.

Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play vs. Knicks

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Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play vs. Knicks

BOSTON – Both New York and Boston will take to the floor tonight minus a starter courtesy of a sore Achilles injury.

For Celtics guard Avery Bradley, tonight will be the fifth time in the last six games that his right Achilles injury will keep him sidelined.

Meanwhile, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis will miss his fourth straight game with a sore left Achilles injury.

The 7-foot-3 Porzingis averages 19.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Porzingis’ absence tonight was established well before tip-off.

“I’d say I’m 90 percent ready; still not there yet,” Porzingis told reporters prior to the game. “But I’m getting closer … hopefully the next game or after the next game.”

As far as Bradley is concerned, he was a last-minute matter.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was asked about his roster earlier tonight, and indicated Tyler Zeller (sinus) and James Young (ankle) would be on the inactive list tonight with injuries.

Without Bradley, the Celtics are expected to start Marcus Smart who has filled in as the team’s starter previously when the 6-foot-2 Bradley was unavailable.

 Bradley is the Celtics' second-leading scorer with 17.7 points per game this season, along with a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists.