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New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics takes place in the NBA Playoffs Round 1 Game 3 on Friday night, with the Celtics desperate to gain the win that can get them back into this series. The game is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Knicks lead the series 2-0 coming into this game and the Celtics so far have not looked like they have what's needed to turn things around. Boston have suffered a worryingly blunted offense for big stints in both games so far, and especially in the second half of the first two games they looked like they had run out of steam.
Over Games 1 and 2 the Celtics have scored only a combined total of 48 points in the second halves. That will make it hard for them to win any games, and they will need significant improvement to compete to the end tonight.
However, it must be remembered that the opening two games were in New York, and now the series moves to Boston, which should be a big boost for the Celtics. This will be their first home game since April 10, and will be their first since the Boston Marathon bombings that devastated the city. The team is sure to get a massive reception for their first game back and the home crowd will seek to lift them to gain the win.
The Celtics are scheduled to pay tribute to the Boston Marathon victims and the first-responders in a pregame ceremony. It has also been reported that NBA Commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver will also attend the game.
Although the Knicks will be confident coming into this game, having won two games in the same playoff season for the first time in over a decade, they will also be weary that they have not actually won a playoff game on the road since April 29, 2001. That was in Toronto against the Raptors.
In Game 2, Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points from only 23 shot attempts, and if he hits the same form again tonight the Celtics will have their backs to the wall.
New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.