"We played better basketball", Fizdale told SNY after Saturday's practice session.
Head coach David Fizdale, however, insists that the Knicks are playing better basketball lately.
The Celtics (13-5) are taking on the New York Knicks (4-15) in a game that tips off at 3:30 p.m.at Madison Square Garden.
Already banged up from a litany of minor injuries which tend to pop up from his high-octane style of defense, the Flower Mound native may have to rest against the Miami Heat next Wednesday, Dec. 4 if his ardent approach the game has forced the issue on the defensive whirlwind.
The Celtics are also expected to get an injury update Monday on the status of forward Gordon Hayward, who has been out for the past three weeks since undergoing surgery on a fractured bone in his left hand on November 11. "We had four straight turnovers and they capitalized on every one of them".
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"It's just trying to figure out what little pockets of the game can we tighten up to give ourselves that next chance", Fizdale said. "We didn't play as well as we wanted to play but it was tied at halftime".
Knox finished with 11 points and Damyean Dotson added 10 for the Knicks. The Celtics lead the all-time series against the Knicks 296-182, including a 160-64 advantage in NY.
Over the team's first 10 games of the year, the Knicks went 2-8. The Knicks are 0-8 in opposition to Atlantic Division opponents this season. If he's able to raise his shooting percentage and overall game, it would make future Knicks roster decision-making a lot easier.
But there must be a moment, as soon as possible, when the Knicks begin to play with a level of maturity where they can play games like the one that escaped them against the Celtics. The C's won the first game at MSG by 23 points before prevailing in a much close two-point contest at TD Garden six days later. The season was evaluated in 10-game blocks, they said, and the first segment was not good enough. No one has recorded 10 dimes for the Knicks, with Barrett and Frank Ntilikina topping out at 9.