Jayson Tatum scored 30 points, Jaylen Brown added 28 and Boston rallied past NY 113-104 on Sunday.
After a terrific 4:16 start into the regular 2019-20 National Basketball Association season, it's clear the New York Knicks lack the talent to compete with the best Eastern Conference teams. Clearly, that's not happening now, given where Knox and Trier stand, but if the Knicks walk out of this rigorous part of their schedule without a win, they could be 4-20 by December 11, before a battle of the worst records with Golden State.
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.
The teams were tied 58-58 after a first half in which they combined for 10 ties and 17 lead changes. 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. "We didn't play as well as we wanted to play but it was tied at halftime". Knox had a decent game with 11 points on 4 of 9 shots, but he still has a long way to go before he becomes an impact player. The Celtics lead the all-time series against the Knicks 296-182, including a 160-64 advantage in NY. Only the injured Golden State Warriors have done worse than NY, with a worst 4/17 win-loss ratio in the league. Smart missed a total of the eight games for the Celtics at the end of last season and beginning of the postseason. Only Randle has started the 20 games for the Knicks, who have presented 11 different headlines so far. Nine different Boston players have had at least one start.
The 14-5 Celtics have thrived in the Eastern Conference this season and will hope to get Smart back on the court as soon as possible. Kemba Walker led Boston with 33 points, and Marcus Morris Sr. paced NY scoring 29 points. No one has recorded 10 dimes for the Knicks, with Barrett and Frank Ntilikina beating at nine.