Final Score: Knicks 104 – Celtics  97
Eddie House  rained threes but that wasn’t enough to fend off the Knicks in the Celtics seven-point loss. House shot 7-for-11 from long range and finished the game with 27 points. Nate Robinson  carried the Knicks with 19. A few postgame notes:
- According to Doc Rivers , Rajon Rondo  (sprained ankle) could have returned to tonight’s game. He left the young PG out, though, since “he knows how to play.” Rondo is still uncertain for Sunday.
- Cuts are coming, and maybe sooner than expected. Doc Rivers said he wants to cut down his roster sooner rather than later to give player(s) a shot at being picked up being another team. He wants to learn more about three or four players before making his decision.
- Who does Kevin Garnett  have the best chemistry with? It’s not Paul Pierce . It’s not Ray Allen  either. KG said he has “the best chemistry by far” with Kendrick Perkins . Even though Perk missed the beginning of preseason play with a shoulder injury, Garnett claims the two bigs never missed a beat when he returned and were in constant communication tonight.
The Celtics will hold an open practice for a select group of ticket holders tomorrow in Lowell before taking on the New Jersey Nets  on Sunday afternoon in the Garden.