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Celtics Bench Falls to Knicks

The Celtics [1] and Knicks [2] entered Tuesday’s game with the same goal: to win. But the two teams had different underlying objectives. For the Knicks, it was about getting a victory from their starting unit. For the Celtics [3], it was about developing the bench in what looks to be the Big Three’s final game of the preseason.

Despite losing, 108-103 (recap here [4]), Doc Rivers [5] told the media after the game there were plenty of things for him to be pleased with, including the development of the second unit. Below are numbers and notes from Tuesday’s game:

The Celtics will take on the Cavaliers [18] on the road on Wednesday night. Don’t expect to see Pierce, Allen, or Garnett on the court for the final game of the preseason. Catch their regular season debuts in Cleveland next Tuesday.