Celtics Get It Done In the End, Beat Knicks In Game One

It was a bit of a struggle at times, but the Celtics made enough big plays down the stretch to beat the New York Knicks 87-85 on a Ray Allen three-pointer with 11 seconds to go. Get the complete coverage at CelticsLinks.com.

Celtics Ray-se the roof - Mark Murphy says that this game was about revival, and it was more than just Ray Allen breaking out of a month-long funk. Tim Weisberg says the Celtics still have work to do. Peter May has the Celtics weathering the storm.

The resurrection of Jermaine O’Neal - Doc Rivers said O’Neal (12 points, 4 blocks) was the key to the game for the Celtics. Paul Flannery has more on the veteran center giving the Celtics what they needed. More on O’Neal from Jessica Camerato | Monique Walker | Greg Payne | Dan Duggan

No upsetting developments here - Gary Washburn says that it is encouraging that the Celtics could get the win on a night they were ripe for an upset. Chris Forsberg says Doc Rivers deserves credit for some late-game plays. A. Sherrod Blakely notes that shutting down Amar’e Stoudemire down the stretch was key.

Green contributes in the clutch for Celts - Camerato’s notes have the forward making some big plays of the bench. The Celtics Journal from Kevin McNamara has the TD Garden a tough place for the Knicks to play. The Globe notebook from Julian Benbow has the Celtics with a familiar look on the winning shot. The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has Paul Pierce pressuring the Knicks into key mistakes.

Bruins now face deficit, character test - Joe McDonald says that we’ll see what the Bruins are made of tonight. Stephen Harris says that the Bruins are running out of time.

Situation same as it ever was - Kevin Paul Dupont says that Claude Julien is unlikely to change things until it’s too late. Joe Haggerty says Julien needs to stop with the predictable and open things up.

Next goal key as Bruins must do their best impression of Canadiens - DJ Bean says that the Bruins absolutely have to jump out in front tonight.

Zdeno Chara makes the trip - Steve Conroy’s notebook has the captain making the trip, though his status is still unknown. The Globe notebook from Nancy Marrapese-Burrell also reports on Chara.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia key contributor in Red Sox win over Blue Jays - Karen Guregian has the young catcher getting it done yesterday.

For Jacoby Ellsbury, no time like the present to reclaim leading man role - Alex Speier says it might be time to restore Ellsbury to the top of the batting order.

Francona turns to Bard in a jam - The ProJo Red Sox Journal has Francona bringing his flamethrowing reliever into a game in the middle of the inning for the first time yesterday. The Herald notebook from Michael Silverman has Jon Lester finally having success in April. The Globe notebook from Peter Abraham has Ellsbury with his team-leading third home run yesterday.

2010 Patriots: What the Film Revealed - The NY Times 5th Down blog has been reviewing film of each team from the 2010 season. It’s the Patriots turn today.

Behind the Beantown beat - The ESPN Front Row blog has an interview with ESPNBoston.com senior editor David Lefort.

  • NutCracker

    If the Knicks didn't believe in leprechauns before – they do now. Great win for the C's but they were lucky to dodge a bullet. Jermaine O'Neal was huge down in the paint. Perk who?

  • Jack

    The way Lowrie is hitting, Scuttaro may be the next Wally Pipp.

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