Celtics look to build off Game 4 win

Celtics look to build off Game 4 win
April 29, 2013, 11:30 pm
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The Boston Celtics protected home court in Game 4 at TD Garden. Their next objective: spoil a New York Knicks first round celebration at Madison Square Garden in Game 5.

The Celtics will head to New York City on Tuesday riding the momentum of Sunday's overtime victory. After avoiding a sweep, the team is confident they can win in enemy territory, where they lost the first two games, and send the series back to Boston for a Game 6.

"Now we have to go into a hostile environment and they are going to be trying to get it over with," said Jason Terry. "They don’t want to come back here, but we do."

The C's maintained throughout the series they had better basketball left in them. In spite of averaging 75 points in the first three games, they believed they could improve. They did, fending off a Knicks 20-point comeback and claiming a dramatic victory to cut the series deficit to 3-1.

"We’ve just got to come out with the same mindset that we had (Sunday)," said Jeff Green. "The pressure’s on them. They’ve got to win the one game. We’ve got to come out and continue to play well. Like we’ve been saying the first three games, we missed a lot, a lot of open shots that we normally make. [In Game 4] they went in. We've just got to keep the pressure on them. Our defense was key. We get stops, we get in transition, we get open threes, we get easy layups. So if we continue to do that, it could turn into a wonderful series at the end. “

The Knicks will make adjustments on Wednesday. They shot 34.4 percent from the field in Game 4 compared to 50.0 percent the previous contest. The return of J.R. Smith, who served a suspension in Game 4 for a Flagrant 2 foul, will give them back their second-leading scorer and help open the floor for Carmelo Anthony, who shot 10-for-35 from the field on Sunday.  

The Celtics will be prepared. They will be facing a fired-up squad that doesn't want to take another trip to Boston, and they will do everything they can to make sure the Knicks are boarding another plane back to Beantown.

“We’re going to fight no matter what," said Avery Bradley. "Down 3-0, we were going to fight regardless. We’re never gonna give up. We still feel like we have a chance to win this series.”