Tonight, the New York Knicks lost to the Boston Celtics by a score of 87-85 in the first game of a seven game series.
Even though we were not supposed to win this game, it really hurt to lose. Once again, the New York Knicks played a great game for 45 minutes, but fell apart in the final three minutes.
Late in the fourth quarter, Chauncey Billups drove to the hoop and drew some contact; at least I thought he did, but the refs seemed to have thought differently. On that play he seemed to aggravate his knee/hamstring and left the game (he is not sure if he will play in game 2). Toney Douglas was then given the reigns to the offense. Toney dribbled around for a little before stepping back and nailing a three pointer.
That was a great moment. It was like a passing of a torch. The torch was passed from Chauncey “Big Shot” Billups to Toney “Big Shot Jr.” Douglas. After that exciting bucket, the Celtics came right back down the floor and scored a hoop that pulled them within one.
Tonight, it was very evident that Carmelo Anthony really wanted to have a big game for his new team. Unfortunately, it was not a great night for him. Carmelo finished the game with 15 points on 5-18 from the field.
In the games to come, I expect Melo to calm down and find his role on this team.
The great thing about the Knicks is that they have two #1 options. They both need to understand that if they are not having fantastic nights, they need to become the secondary option instead of continuing to force jumpers.
Amare Stoudemire showed leadership throughout. Just like in the beginning of the year, Amare put the team on his back. He finished the game with 28 points, on 12-18 from the field, as well as 11 rebounds.
A loss hurts, but we learned something form this team tonight. That something is the Knicks will not go away. If the Knicks can find a way to steal game two from the Celtics and come home tied in the series, every Knicks fan should feel great.
The Knicks came within two points of the Celtics tonight and that was WITHOUT a good game from Melo and WITHOUT ANY performance from Landry Fields.
For Landy, it is understandable that he didn’t have a solid game. For a rookie, the first playoff game of their career will be filled with nerves. Fields has showed maturity throughout this year and if he can bounce back and find his role for this team, the Knicks will be in great position to win this series.
Tonight hurt, but we saw the potential of this series. Let’s hope for the best and stay optimistic!