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Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 4:42:25 AM

7 hours, 19 minutes until the NBA season tips off. At 12 p.m. EST the Knicks will take on the Celtics at the Garden in a star-laden showdown between perhaps the best team in the Eastern Conference the last few years, Boston, and a rising power in the league, New York.

Amar'e, Melo, Tyson Chandler and the boys will look to get the season started right with a big win. Join us here for a live chat throughout the game and register in the top right-hand corner to join the conversation. Go New York, Go New York, Go!

-Bo, NYSportsFan (KnicksFan Blog)

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 10:29:06 AM
@MrBoris7

Couldn't sleep late, can't think about anything but 12:00 PM.  The NBA and the Knicks are back.  LETS GOO!!!!!!!!

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12/25/2011 11:30:24 AM
@ZachAttack

It's 8:30 a.m. here in San Diego. I'm sick as a dog but it's 71 degrees outside, the KNICKS are about to be on TV and the tree looks delightful. Christmas off to an awesome start.

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12/25/2011 11:33:33 AM
@MrBoris7

Need to get the season started off right.  No Paul Pierce today.  Gotta take advantage.  Need good effort from Toney, he has to keep Rondo from doing whatever he wants. 

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12/25/2011 11:40:13 AM
@ZachAttack

Huge test for Toney. He looked lost defending Rondo after Chauncey went down in the first round last year. Big matchup to watch. It would be great for Douglass' confidence to get off to a good start against one of the best.

I have a feeling Amar'e is going to be a monster today. I think he's motivated to super heights right now. He's taking these games against Boston, Miami, even Chicago quite personally this year.

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Re: Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 11:32:56 AM
@ZachAttack

Zach, go to your settings and upload an avatar. You look like an amateur with that blank photo. And if there's one thing Zach Auster isn't, it's amateur.

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 11:42:15 AM

A lot of the Great Neck boys said they would be in here today. Let's see who really cares about Knicks basketball.

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 11:49:12 AM

How long have we waited for this now? It's down to 15 minutes.

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 12:00:08 PM

Paul Pierce is out. Who exactly is going to guard Mr. Anthony; Sasha Pavlovic? Please. Has there been a better bet for 50 on opening day before? If the shot is falling it's over for Boston today.

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 12:12:41 PM

It's going to be so important for the supporting cast to knock down open shots off double teams. That means Douglass and Fields especially.

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 12:14:14 PM

Look at Amare Stoudemire playing pressure D on Ray Allen and nearly forcing a turnover #loveit

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 12:17:01 PM

So far, so good. What will happen when they have to go to their bench? Who will be first off the bench?

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 12:29:22 PM

Harrellson, Jeffries and Shumpert all in the game = scary. Not in a good way. We'll see.

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12/25/2011 12:36:05 PM
@MrBoris7

Jared Jeffries hits a perimeter shot. Not something you see every day.

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 12:35:17 PM

gotta like the energy so far.  Jeffries makes me want to vomit on offense.  HES 6'11!!!! DUNK THE BALL

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 12:35:59 PM

right on cue jared!!!

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 12:37:43 PM

wayyyy too many free throws for the celtics right now

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 12:41:03 PM
Giants won yesterday. Knicks are winning (only half time i know)...xmas is been good so far.
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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 12:41:22 PM

Can't complain with that first quarter.  I do need to get an Avatar popping.  I'll upload an avatar when the Knicks get their first dunk of the season.  

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Re: Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 12:51:13 PM
@ZachAttack

Love it!!! Let's get that first dunk to give Mr. Auster a face.

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 12:43:29 PM

Box Score

'Melo tied for game-high with a pretty quiet 9 points, Shumpert has 7 off the bench for New York.

Rondo leads Boston with 9

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 12:43:33 PM

What's the over/under on Baron Davis's weight? 300? 350?

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12/25/2011 12:49:52 PM
@BigBrother

My roommate Rob just said: "Yep, Baron doesn't look too lean." Gotta get that boy into shape.

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 12:45:54 PM

Two Threes by Amare, no hesitation, love it.  

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 12:55:45 PM

My pick for first Knicks dunk of the season? Tyson Chandler.

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 1:06:05 PM

I don't want to be over critical but this defense isn't impressing me right now. Too many open shots, easy dunks, no answer for Rondo going to the hoop and Chandler's presence not exactly being felt. Yet, at least.

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 1:12:24 PM

rondo is doing whatever he wants...shumpert is getting to the paint nicely struggling to finish though.  

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 1:13:56 PM

hahaha rob said he looks too thick? i think baron looks really good/handsome #yeahisaidit

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Re: Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 1:15:12 PM
@ZachAttack

Rob: "My bad it was just the angle."

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12/25/2011 1:36:07 PM
@MrBoris7

Pleased, not thrilled with the first half performance.

The Good: 'Melo looks like 'Melo, Stat looks like Stat and has even hit a couple of threes. Shumpert is getting to the hole off the bench, consistently. Knicks are winning the battle on the glass (21-16). Chandler has four blocked shots. The Knicks lead by 10 at the break.

The Bad: One rebound for Chandler. Inconsistent effort on defense. Too many easy layups, open shots etc. Shumpert isn't finishing at the rim. Rajon Rondo has 19 points and was doing whatever he wanted up until the final part of the second quarter.

 

Defense needs to pick up the intensity or Boston will be right back in this game in a hurry. Offense needs to keep doing its thing, but I'd like to see a few more fastbreaks/dunks (they have none so far) to get the crowd really into it and seize momentum. Let's Go.

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 1:55:02 PM

All my fears about the defense are coming to fruition, and the bal isn't moving at the other end.

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 1:56:07 PM

Carmelo Anthony nees to be in this game. The Knicks need to get the momentum back. You're not going to do that without a big offensive spark.

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 2:00:47 PM

Didn't realize Carmelo had four fouls. Knicks need a strong finish to the third quarter without hm.

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 2:18:16 PM

If the Knicks are going to win this game, they'll need to be a completely different defensive team than they were last season..and in the previous quarter of THIS game. And Carmelo will need to be a hero.

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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 2:52:57 PM
Giddyup!!!
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Re: Live Blog: Knicks vs. Celtics 12/25/2011

12/25/2011 2:57:23 PM

Knicks win! 106-104. Not perfect...but we're 1-0. Good start.

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