The Boston Celtics take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon. The Celtics (13-5) have encountered few bumps along the way in the early part of the new season, and they’ll come into Sunday’s game having prevailed in two of their last three games. However, their one loss during that sample came their last time on the court, as they dropped a 112-107 decision to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday afternoon. Jayson Tatum led the way for the Celtics with 26 points, adding nine rebounds and four steals. Kemba Walker provided 17 points, six assists and five rebounds. Marcus Smart followed with 15 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Brad Wanamaker paced the bench with 11 points, eight boards, three assists and one block. Enes Kanter contributed 10 points, six rebounds, one assist and one block. The Celtics will continue to be without Gordon Hayward (hand) for Sunday’s game. The Knicks (4-15) check into Sunday’s game looking to snap their current skid, as they’ve dropped five consecutive games, and eight of their last 10 overall. Their most recent stumble came against the Philadelphia 76ers, which edged them by a 101-95 margin Friday night. Julius Randle led the Knicks with a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double that also included four assists and one steal. Marcus Morris followed with 20 points and seven boards. R.J. Barrett poured in 18 points and also supplied three rebounds and two assists. Frank Ntilikina turned in 13 points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal. Dewayne Dotson led the bench with 10 points. The Knicks will be without Elfrid Payton (hamstring) and Reggie Bullock (back) for Sunday’s game. Morris (neck) will be listed as questionable, while Dennis Smith, Jr. (quadriceps) will carry a probable tag. Sunday’s game marks the third of four meetings between the teams this season. The Celtics own a 2-0 series lead, having notched 118-95 and 104-102 wins on Oct. 26 and Nov. 1, respectively.
December 1, 2019