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Jeff Green: ‘We just got tired, I guess’

04.20.13 at 8:29 pm ET
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NEW YORK — The numbers were so obviously bad no one could avoid them afterward.

  • 21 turnovers leading to 20 New York points, nearly 25 percent of the Knicks total on the day.
  • Six turnovers each by starters Paul Pierce and Jeff Green.
  • 3 more turnovers (10) in the second half than field goals (7).
  • New York’s bench out-scored Boston’s reserves 33-4.
  • 25 points in the second half, eight in the fourth quarter.
  • Boston led 70-63 with 1:20 left in the third. They were outscored 22-8 in the final 13 minutes, 40 seconds.

    Add them all up and you get Knicks 85, Celtics 78 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at Madison Square Garden.

    What did the Celtics have to say for themselves afterward?

    “We turned the ball over a ton and I thought our spacing was horrendous in the second half,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. ” I thought each guy held the ball and tried to make their own play and I talked about that before the game. That’s not who we are. We can’t be that way, and we tried to play that way in the second half. I really couldn’t get them out of it, either, so that was disappointing.

    “We had bad turnovers. If we had those turnovers in any game, you probably should lose the game, and we did.”

    Pierce: “Some [turnovers] were forced, some were just bonehead plays. We have got to have better execution. Everyone has to know where they’ve got to be on the floor. Everyone has to get to their spots, understand when we get to the fourth quarter, everyone has to be on the same page. Games are too big at this point for us to be at that point, especially in the playoffs down the stretch.”

    Green: “We just got tired, I guess. We just have to figure out a way to close out quarters and close out the game. We were in a great position to take over the game, to win the game. Turnovers killed us.”

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