Knicks defenseless in Game 3 loss to Celtics

A quick look at Boston’s 113-96 rout of the Knicks, giving the Celtics a commanding 3-0 lead in their first round series:

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: In Games 1 and 2, the Knicks were able to keep pace with the Celtics, having a chance to win in the final minutes in both. That wasn’t the case on Friday, as the fans at Madison Square Garden, who saw the Knicks host a playoff game for the first time since 2004, saw their team blown out. After being down by 17 points at one point in the first half, the Knicks used a more defensive oriented lineup of Jared Jeffries, Bill Walker and Shawne Williams to go into half trailing just 52-44. But the Celtics, as they have in the previous two games, put the brakes on the Knicks offense in the third quarter, outscoring them 34-19 to make the game a rout.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Knicks are on the verge of getting swept out of the playoffs, which is exactly what happened in 2004. In their defense, injuries played a factor again. Chauncey Billups missed his second game with a left knee strain. Amare Stoudemire, who missed most of Game 2 with a pulled muscle in his back, played an ineffective 33 minutes, scoring just seven points on 2-for-8 shooting from the field.

ORANGE WATCH: One game after pouring in 42 points, Carmelo Anthony struggled, scoring 15 points on 4 of 16 from the field. Anthony did grab 11 rebounds and dish out six assists, but Anthony’s +/- rating for the night was -27, which was surpassed only by Stoudemire’s -34.

STAR GAZING: Williams led the way with 17 points while Jeffries had 12 points and five rebounds. Meanwhile, Ray Allen (32) and Paul Pierce (38) torched New York all night.

WHAT’S NEXT: Game 4 will be on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

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Wes Cheng

About Wes Cheng

Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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