We had our chances.
No one said it was going to be easy.
It hasn’t been.
The Celtics, as if David Stern has some sort of vested interest in their well being as a secret benefactor, have benefited from bad calls and no calls. I don’t know the names of the refs involved in Game 1 but it was a disgrace to see an off the ball offensive foul called on Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks had the lead with less than a minute remaining but that wasn’t kosher with the refs. Did anyone inform them that this is the playoffs, and that tic tac fouls typically called in the regular season are overlooked in the playoffs so that the best team will win?
The Knicks looked like the better team through the first two quarters, until the Celtics roared back in the third.
Those acquainted with this Celtics team know you can’t give them an inch because they will (and did) take a mile.
It is just a shame we both lost Chauncey (Billups is now doubtful for game two) and were on the wrong end of some bad calls in our first playoff game in 7 years. Knicks fans deserve better.
Amar’e Stoudemire played inspired basketball, but as Charles Barkley mentioned, he never saw the ball down the stretch.
Toney Douglas came in and knocked down a big three point shot immediately after Billups went down with an injured knee, but he made one fatal mistake: he got the ball to the wrong superstar down the stretch.
Amar’e had the hot hand, Carmelo was something like 1-11 in the second half, Douglas, as the point, should be aware of this. Amar’e was playing on adrenaline, the shit-talking Big Baby having ignited spin moves and dunks that will make Donnie Walsh look like the genius that he is even after he is replaced by James Dolan’s latest man-crush.
If Billups is down for more than one game, it could be the death of New York this playoff season. Douglas has learned much from Billups and even Raymond Felton this year, but in the playoffs, against the Celtics who always seem to get the key calls, even when the refs are insulting our intelligence with pure bullshit calls, Douglas may not be enough.
Anthony Carter may need to step up big time if we are to stay competitive with this despicable Celtic team.
Good contributions from Jeffries, Turiaf. Hey, where was Landry Fields? Zero points, one rebound, no assists? Hope he and Melo bounce back bigtime in game two, otherwise this could get worse.
We had a great opportunity to steal game 1 in Boston, but the shit refs had to but in and effect the outcome of the game instead of letting two teams just play. Melo had two fouls before the first two minutes of the first quarter had been played. Surely Melo is no Eddy Curry.
This is the playoffs, learn from your mistakes and move on. As Saipanknickster mentioned, we did not rebound well in the second half. I though it would be Rondo’s penetration that would have caused our demise, but it was a few defensive slip-ups in the second half, combined with not having all three of our big guns clicking.
Right about now, only one of our big guns has responded to the challenge.
Hey, wouldn’t it have been nice to have a time out in our pocket once Ray Allen hit the go-ahead three after the bullshit call on Melo? D’Antoni needs to better-manage his timeouts, this is the playoffs and he’s more well known for his regular season success than anything else.
Tough pill to swallow with the shitty officiating, but this is the NBA. David Stern, despite living in New York, does not bleed orange and blue, but rather Celtic green. Shame on that ref, whoever he is. I believe in Karma so one day you’ll get yours, corrupt bastard.