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Sunday, December 8, 2013
Halftime report: Demand a refund!

By Ian Begley

Here are a few observations from the first half of the Knicks-Celtics game.

Awful performance: Here's all you need to know about how bad the Knicks were in the first half against Boston: they cut the Celtics' lead to 17 points, and that was considered progress.

New York trails the Celtics by 27 at the half and was down by as many as 29 in a truly embarrassing performance.

Coincidentally, the Knicks are wearing their orange uniforms. They are winless in their orange uniforms this season.

All fans at this game should request a refund.

Bad from the start: The Knicks were down 12-0 to start the game. They fell behind by 25-3 and 32-7 in the first quarter. Ugly.

Boston already has three guys in double figures, led by Jeff Green's 14 points. Jared Sullinger has 12. The Celtics are shooting a blistering 55 percent from the floor and have hit 7 of 14 threes.

Offensive: The Knicks' 31 first-half point total is a season low. Carmelo Anthony had 11 points on 2-for-8 shooting. Seven of those points came from the free-throw line. Andrea Bargnani also struggled, going 1-for-7 from the field. Raymond Felton was 0-for-5 and Iman Shumpert went 0-for-3.

The ball movement that was prevalent in the last two games is nonexistent. The Knicks are shooting 25.7 percent from the floor and are 1-for-5 from three.