Taum dynamic duo, Brown leads the Celtics concentration on Knicks

Ross Houston
December 3, 2019

The Knicks often blow big leads.

Whether you believe in "load management" or not, sometimes you just need some time to heal, and Boston Celtics shooting guard Marcus Smart has probably reached that point.

This disparaging trend has them with just three wins in November, and if the Knicks lose to the Boston Celtics Sunday afternoon, they will walk into their next game having not won in two full weeks.

In the loss to Boston, the Knicks couldn't seem to handle Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who dropped 30 and 28 points, respectively. Last time Boston faced the lowly Knicks, their inside power between Mitchell Robinson, Bobby Portis and Julius Randle overwhelmed the Celtics' interior. He is still looking for an established leader, even though Dennis Smith Jr. finally feels like he is back after 17 points and seven assists on Sunday. Kevin Knox's long jumper establish the Knicks forward 72-63 with 7: 20 left in the interval, their ideal lead of the game.

"I don't know if we got down", Walker said. We stuck with it. If the organization was hoping for progress - over these last 10 games, over last season, over what has been more than a half-decade now of rebuilding - there is none to point at. "It's a long year".

The Celtics replied with an 8-1 poke and pulled inner 73-71 on Walker's 3-pointer with 5: 16 left. The Knicks were still up 93-87 in the fourth, but the Celtics had a 17-2 run to take the lead forever.

"The only thing I heard is that it was, I don't know if it's his oblique, or right in that area, and they said, 'It wasn't as bad as in the past, '" Celtics coach Brad Stevens said, via ESPN. "It may not show up in wins, but I think overall, consistency, effort, and giving ourselves a chance to win these games has been much better". Dennis Smith Jr. scored 17 and R.J. Barrett was 16 for NY, which has lost six straight.

"Tonight it was turnovers". Randle missed a 3-pointer on the Knicks' next possession, after which coach David Fizdale called timeout. "We had four straight turnovers and they capitalized on every one of them". But Brown stole the ball from Dotson out of the timeout and converted the layup to give Boston the lead for good with 5:52 remaining. The score was tied 58-58 at halftime after the first two quarters.

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