The Boston Celtics (10-14, 5-6 home) host the New York Knicks (6-15, 3-7 away) on Friday night at TD Garden (7:30 p.m., CSN). Here's what to watch for:
DON'T GET OVERCONFIDENT: The Celtics posted a 41-point thrashing over the Knicks on Sunday, handing New York its third worst beating ever at Madison Square Garden. Boston isn't consistent enough to expect a similar result without giving maximum effort. A little two-game slide should be enough for the Celtics to enter focused on the task at hand (and trying to replicate the positives from Sunday's romp). One thing is certain: Brad Stevens will be reminding his team that Sunday's result has no impact on how Friday's game will play out.
SOMETHING IN RESERVE: The Celtics got a measly four points from their bench during Wednesday's loss to the Clippers. Even missing a couple bigs (Kelly Olynyk and Kris Humphries), the Celtics need more from that second unit. It's putting a lot of stress on a first-unit offense to shoulder that scoring load. The Celtics were hoping to get Olynyk back after a 10-game absence from a sprained right ankle and -- if he can shed some rust -- he could provide a boost off the pine.
DEFENDING THE 3-POINT LINE: The Celtics have slipped back to No. 3 in 3-point defense and triples hurt the team Wednesday when a pair of late-game bombs helped the Clippers hold on down the stretch. The Knicks rank 18th in the league in 3-point field goals (34.7 percent), but their percentage spikes considerably in wins (ranking sixth best in the league at 42.5 percent in victories).
WHAT ELSE?: Celtics will catch a break with Raymon Felton (left hamstring) sidelined for the next few weeks. ... Backcourt mate Iman Shumpert (bruised left knee) is day-to-day as well after getting dinged up on Wednesday.