- The Knicks arrive in Boston with a commanding 2-0 edge in their seven-game series with the Celtics. Only 15 teams in NBA history have come back from 2-0 win a playoff series, but the Celtics remain confident about their chances against the Knicks. “Tonight is a statement game for us,” Avery Bradley said to reporters before the game.
- The Celtics will be playing their first home game since the tragic Boston Marathon bombings last Monday. Doc Rivers reflected on the emotion of being back in the TD Garden before the game. ”We haven’t been home since all the current events and everything… so, yes, we’re anticipating it being very emotional, very inspiring, and we’re looking forward to coming out and trying to get this Game 3,” Rivers said. The Celtics will honor a number of police officers, victims, and first responders from Boston and surrounding towns in a ceremony before the game.
- Kevin Garnett will play in Game 3 despite suffering a hip injury in Game 2. Garnett played through the injury in the fourth quarter of the contest and practiced with the team yesterday. The veteran power forward has also been bothered by bone spurs in his left ankle over the past two months.
- Carmelo Anthony is leading all scorers thus far in the NBA Playoffs, averaging 35 points per game during the opening two games of the series, despite stiff defensive pressure from the Celtics.
- The surprise of the series through two games has been the stifling second half defense from the Knicks. New York limited the Celtics to a combined 48 second half points over the first two contests at Madison Square Garden. That’s the lowest second half point total for a team in back-to-back games during NBA postseason history.
– Brian Robb