Doesn’t Coach D’Antoni look sick to his stomach in the background? Lol!
BOSTON — The Knicks’ best chance of upsetting the Celtics may have come and gone last night with a flick of Ray Allen’s wrist and a bad step by Chauncey Billups.
The Knicks imposed their will on the ragged Celtics for much of the night, beating them at their own grinding game, building a 12-point halftime lead and leading by three with 37.8 seconds left.
But it ended in a nightmare for Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks.
Allen fired in a 3-pointer over Ronny Turiaf with 11.6 seconds from the left wing and Anthony ended a wretched second half by front-rimming a potential last-second, game-winning trey as the Knicks suffered a 87-85 Game 1 heartbreaker at TD Garden.
Despite playing great defense, LaLa’s hubby didnt play particularly well on the offensive end:
(Carmelo) Anthony, in his Knicks’ playoff debut, sputtered badly in the second half in a game in which he was saddled with foul trouble after picking up two infractions in the first 1:28.
Anthony finished with 15 points on 5-of-18 shooting, scoring just three in the second half on 1-of-11 from the field. He also committed five turnovers.
Knicks Coach Mike D’Antoni had this to say about a late game call that might have helped seal their fate:
In another huge blow, Anthony was called for an offensive foul before Allen’s dagger with 21 seconds left, when he and Paul Pierce got entangled and Anthony pushed off. Anthony argued all the way to the bench after the Celtics called timeout. D’Antoni was ticked.
“In my eyes, obviously I’m biased, I thought it was a tough call,” D’Antoni said. “It’s going to be a dogfight, but we have to make plays down the stretch.”
Well, at least
those thirsty a** Knicks fans they’ve got a couple more chances to see their team win. Based on the first game this looks to be a helluva series!
Sidenote: Why the hell did Carmelo take that last shot from the parking lot instead of uh, we don’t know, maybe dribbling a little CLOSER!?!?!
Who are you rooting for??