The Boston Celtics, winners of 15 of their last 19 games were once weary of a New York Knicks team that was just three games away from them. Fast forward a month and the New York Knicks look like a shell of that team, suffering 15 losses in 18 games.
The Celtics are still looking for ways to be more efficient and improve despite their current winning situation.
“Teams in the NBA they still don’t respect us. And we know that,” guard Isiah Thomas said. “We go into every game with a chip on our shoulder and knowing that we gotta earn the respect. We gotta earn what we get and take what’s ours.”
The Boston Celtics have been running through a rough patch and hope to end their three game skid after losing to the Grizzlies Sunday. Before the getting a win against the Nets last Monday, the Celtics last won against the Knicks at home. Only difference is that the Knicks are now on a roll of their own winning five of their last seven games.
“Every spectacular play we have, we just gain energy from that on the defensive end and we’re able to play better, more together as a team on the defensive end, just because we have that energy from that highlight or whatever happened,” Kinicks center Kristaps Porzingis said.
The Celtics players have kept their optimisim up as noted by Guard Avery Bradley.
“I’m pretty sure everyone’s frustrated,” Bradley told reporters in Memphis after the Celtics gave away a 21-point second-half advantage in a 101-98 loss to the Grizzlies. “We just need to move on. We can’t hang our heads. We know we haven’t been playing well. We just need to rally together and get a win.”
The Boston Celtics won their fourth preseason game with a 111-105 win over the Brooklyn Nets. The Celtics were led by rookie Terry Rozier who had 16 points and six assists. Evan Turner also put up fantastic numbers in limited time. Turner had 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 27 minutes.