Tatum, Brown lead Celtics' rally past Knicks

Marcus Smart Suffers Oblique Injury

Marcus Smart Suffers Oblique Injury

Dennis Smith Jr. scored 17 and RJ Barrett had 16 for NY, which blew a 16-point lead to the 76ers on Friday and has lost six straight. Averaging 10.9 points in just under 23 minutes per game is no small feat. Talk about guys hitting shots at the buzzer on you or shots with two seconds left to win the game and things like that. Hayward, who participated in non-contact, 5-on-0 portions of Saturday's practice and was shooting before the game Sunday while Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck looked on, is scheduled to have a FaceTime consultation with his doctor Monday to determine whether he can return to contact practice. But Brown stole the ball from Dotson out of the timeout and converted the layup to give Boston the lead for good with 5:52 remaining.

When the Knicks are 4-15 through roughly the first quarter of the season, destined for the lottery yet again, it is foolish for them to not be letting this young man develop on the court.

"There's two halves to a game", Brown said. This year's challenge is to develop RJ Barrett, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier in the right way. In addition to a 14-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at the opening of the season, all other Boston losses this season have been by five points or less.

While watching the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers play a few nights ago, something stuck out as very confusing to me. The Knicks haven't won a game since November 18 when they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 123-10,5 at The Garden. Sunday's game against the Boston Celtics will be the team's 20th game of the season, and now, the team is just 2-7 in this second 10-game span of the season.

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They could get back on track quickly because they are assured of facing a quality opponent in the tournament's consolation game. The loss ended a five-game winning streak to open the year for the Vols, though there remain plenty more games to be played.

The Knicks are unlikely to fight for the playoffs this season.

Knicks: New York has lost five straight to Boston. However, their level of play may tell a story that's different from the one their record is telling. New York's Marcus Morris had started the first 19 but missed Sunday's game with cervical spasms.

The Celtics are 8-2 in conference play. No one has recorded 10 dimes for the Knicks, with Barrett and Frank Ntilikina topping out at nine.

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