Friday, April 19, 2013
Insider: Knicks in 6
By ESPNNewYork.com staff
It could come down to the Knicks' 3-point shooting.
That's one conclusion NBA Insider experts Bradford Doolittle and Amin Elhassan have drawn after analyzing the Knicks-Celtics matchup.
Doolittle notes that the Celtics have had success at forcing teams to miss 3's, but struggle to prevent attempts. So the Knicks need to take advantage.
Writes Doolittle: "New York can get them with volume. The Knicks hit almost 39 percent from deep against the Celtics during the regular season, better than their overall season average. In fact, the Knicks hit 14 3's against Boston in both regular-season games at Madison Square Garden. No other team made more than 12 against the Celtics all season."
Elhassan notes that the Celtics' perimeter defense isn't what it once was because of too many new faces, so the Knicks can exploit it.
Writes Elhassan: "If the Knicks keep moving the ball to the open shooters (for example, Steve Novak, who shoots 42.5 percent from long range) and don't abandon belief in the 3-pointer, they'll keep the Celtics scrambling, creating more space for Carmelo Anthony to operate in isolations."
Both analysts pick the Knicks to win the series in six games.