The New York Knicks coming into TD Garden and beating the Boston Celtics on Sunday isn’t a shocking result. But the Knicks beating the C’s by 30 points and dominating in nearly every facet of the game was definitely a surprise.
In fact, the 105-75 loss represents the C’s worst home defeat since March of 2007.
105-75, New York is the final
Worst home loss for the Celtics since March of 2007
75 points matches the low in the Brad Stevens era (Feb 2015 vs. Miami)
Boston ends up 7-46 from three. 2nd worst 3-point shooting game in franchise history (20+ attempts)
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) January 17, 2021
Let’s look at three overreactions to Celtics vs. Knicks and assess their merit.
1. It’s going to take a little time for Walker to integrate into C’s lineup
Verdict: Not an overreaction
Walker showed flashes of his All-Star skill during his season debut — he scored eight points in the second quarter — but it’s clearly going to take a while for him to get into game shape and find a rhythm in the team’s offense. Walker moved pretty well and attacked the basket on numerous possessions, but there’s still a little rust for him to shake off.
Best video highlights from Celtics’ loss to Knicks
He finished with nine points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals in 20 minutes — which was his playing time restriction. Walker also took…