Sunday, January 04, 2009

Celtics Slump: Lose Sixth to Knicks

After starting the season on an impressive win streak and looking capable of smashing the 70 win mark this season, the Celtics have now found themselves on the losing end for the sixth time. Sunday night it was the lowly New York Knicks who knocked out the Celtics 100-88 behind Wilson Chandler's career-high 31 point performance. This was the Knicks first win against Boston since April of 2005, snapping their own 8 game losing streak against the squad.

For the losing Celtics captain Paul Pierce lead the way with 31, while Ray Allen added 16. Kevin Garnett was extremely cold and appeared to hurt his leg in the 3rd. KG had just six points all game on 1 of 6 shooting. It was in the 3rd when KG threw an around the back pass to set up a dunk. The All-Star forward appeared to land gingerly and returned early in the fourth with his leg wrapped below the right knee. The Celtics are still on track to finish the season 70-12, if they can regain their winning ways.

Just a day ago, the Celtics had handed the Washington Wizards a convincing loss in a 108-83 win in Boston. But with three losses during a four game West road trip and the latest loss, the Celtics seem to be in search of their ability to put together win streaks. On the season the Celts have lost to the Lakers, Warriors, Blazers, Nuggets, Pacers and the Knicks. Of those teams only 3 are legitimate playoff contenders, with the majority being West Coast teams, including last year's Finals opponent in LA. Many analysts believe the Celtics may try to add New York Knick guard Stephon Marbury who's been seeking a release from the team. Rumors have circulated that a deal will be done once Marbury's been bought out. Nonetheless, the addition of some new key personnel could be just the answer the Celtics require to get back on track during this slump.

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