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 has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, 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 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]sujuiceonline.com.