BOSTON — Boston coach Brad Stevens is aware of what’s improper with the Celtics. A lot.
Trey Burke scored 29 factors, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 and the New York Knicks snapped a six-sport dropping streak with a 117-109 victory over the surprisingly inconsistent Celtics on Wednesday evening.
Noah Vonleh had 16 factors and Enes Kanter completed with 10 factors and 10 rebounds for New York, which won for the fifth time in 19 video games.
“This can be a lot of issues,” Stevens stated. “We’ve got a myriad of points we have now to repair.”
Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 22 factors and 13 assists, Marcus Morris had 21 factors, and Al Horford and Gordon Hayward every added 19 factors. It was a season-excessive third straight loss for Boston, which slipped to 9-9.
Pegged as one of many Jap Convention’s favorites after they misplaced within the convention finals final season, the Celtics presently seem like a workforce that has misplaced its cohesiveness. The Celtics have a wholesome Irving and Hayward, who had been injured and missed the playoffs, however they give the impression of being nothing like final season’s workforce.
“We’re not enjoying with the identical character that we did final 12 months, and that is the straightforward approach to describe it, and the 50,000 points are under that,” Stevens stated. “I simply do not know that we’re that good. Possibly it is not a wake-up name in case you maintain getting beat.”
Boston minimize its deficit to 110-106 on a three-pointer by Hayward, however Burke hit a jumper with 50 seconds to play. Burke added a three-pointer to make it 115-109 with 12 seconds left.
Mitchell Robinson’s basket with slightly below 5 minutes to play pushed New York forward 103-87 and despatched a superb variety of followers to the exits, a few of whom voiced their displeasure earlier than leaving by booing.
“So as to be thought of a particular workforce, you’ve got to earn it,” Irving stated.
Hardaway felt the Knicks have one thing to construct on.
“We’re 5-14. We have nonetheless acquired plenty of studying to do,” he stated. “We’ll go and take a look at movie on Friday. However all people ought to go dwelling with a smile on their face and eat good tomorrow, you already know, as a result of we acquired a win.”
Main by 16 on the half, the Knicks had their lead minimize to 10 4 occasions within the third quarter, however Boston was unable to cut back it to single digits.
“Effort. They caught with it. Younger fellas on a back-to-back, in a hostile setting,” Knicks coach David Fizdale stated. “Simply performed extraordinarily arduous and performed by plenty of adversity. Thank goodness that clock ran out.”
The Celtics began listening to boos from the house crowd halfway by the second quarter and the boos grew to become louder after they fell behind by 20 factors, 46-26.
“Tomorrow could be a superb day for us to mirror a bit of bit,” Hayward stated.
New York constructed its lead to 57-31 on Kanter’s reverse layup earlier than heading to the locker room with a 65-49 edge at halftime.
Knicks: Fizdale began Emmanuel Mudlay and Hardaway within the backcourt, saying: “They’re beginning to play with some good chemistry. I am proud of the tempo.” … They shot 65 p.c (15 of 23) within the second quarter.
Celtics: Horford began after he was listed as possible due to a sore left knee. He went to the locker room briefly within the second quarter. … Boston missed its preliminary 10 three-level makes an attempt and 14 of its first 15.
STAYING THE SAME
Fizdale determined to use the identical beginning lineup as Tuesday evening, as a result of his workforce “acquired off to a superb begin” regardless of a loss to Portland at Madison Sq. Backyard.
New York acquired off to a fast begin once more Wednesday, opening a 25-14 lead late within the opening quarter.
Stevens was requested concerning the play of two of his gamers earlier than the sport and turned it into how his workforce wants to enhance and play extra constantly.
“It is not about what you do on at some point proper now,” stated. “It is about how will you piece issues collectively and go and go and go and go. As a workforce, that is what we’re all trying to find.”
Knicks: Host the Pelicans on Friday. They misplaced in the one assembly between the groups this season, in New Orleans on Nov. 16.
Celtics: On the Hawks on Friday, the primary of a 3-sport street journey.