Game stream: Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks

Game stream: Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks

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Game stream: Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks

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The Boston Celtics (0-1) play against the New York Knicks (0-0) at Madison Square Garden

Game Time: 7:30 PM EDT on Wednesday October 20, 2021

Boston Celtics 134, New York Knicks 138 (Final/OT2)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Atmosphere and history for Knicks in 2OT win over Celtics newsday.com/sports/basketb… via @Newsday1:28 AM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Around the league (thread):
➖Knicks-Celtics double OT thriller: Randle 35 points. Brown: 46 points (most by a Celtic on opening night).
➖Hornets 1pt W vs Indy. LaMelo: 39-9-7. Duarte w/ 27 in debut.
➖Ja: 37-6-6 (W). Evan Mobley: 17-9-6 in debut. pic.twitter.com/w7U2tyaIfR1:08 AM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
What a night.
Radio Roulette hotline is LIVE @TwitterSpaces, presented by @UnderdogFantasy.
Talking your calls about all 9 games, Knicks reaction, and more: twitter.com/i/spaces/1djxX…12:50 AM
Michael Gallagher @MikeSGallagher
Fantasy adds from tonight (under 30% on Y!):
Shallow
Chris Duarte
12-team
Alex Caruso
Desmond Bane
Franz Wagner
Ricky Rubio
Deep
Grant Williams
RJ Hampton
Devin Vassell
Obi Toppin
Furkan Korkmaz
Khem Birch
Romeo Langford
Dalano Banton
Raul Neto
About to record 3 Ball! – 12:42 AM
Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
“It was crazy”: Fournier aids Randle as #Knicks capture thrilling double-OT win over rival #Celtics in opener nypost.com/2021/10/20/kni…12:38 AM
Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Amazing show at @TheGarden tonight. Both @New York Knicks and @Marc D’Amico deserved a standing ovation after that one. Players on both teams gave everything they had. Unforgettable season opener. #NBA12:29 AM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
The Garden loved the new and improved Obi Toppin nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…12:22 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jayson Tatum went 2/15 from deep tonight. The only other players to shoot 2/15 or worse on 15+ threes in NBA history are James Harden (5x), Steph Curry, Dennis Scott, and Gerald Green, per @Stathead. Only the greatest shooters/dunkers ever fail this spectacularly. – 12:14 AM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Kemba Walker on his former C’s teammates: “I have a lot of love for those guys. You could see it before the game. I have a great relationship man. I just came from the locker room with those guys, talking to those guys. Those are my brothers.” – 12:12 AM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
This is where Robert Williams still has work to do rotating as a help defender. He’s becoming a great switch defender but needs more consistency in the team concept. pic.twitter.com/pFDjIBuCBU11:57 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum admits he settled for threes toward the end of the game instead of attacking the rim. #Celtics #Knicks11:51 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Jayson Tatum: “I wasn’t discouraged. Think I’ve been doing this for a little while now. I’ll be alright.” – 11:50 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Jayson Tatum on Jaylen Brown’s performance:
“He carried us tonight. … He was unbelievable. I wish I could’ve done my part.” – 11:49 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum: “(Jaylen) carried us tonight. He was unbelievable. I wish I could have done my part.” #Celtics #Knicks11:49 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jayson Tatum on Jaylen Brown: “Yeah, I mean, he carried us tonight. … he was unbelievable. I wish I could have done my part and tried to help him out tonight but it happens like that sometimes.” – 11:49 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Jayson Tatum: “I thought I got some great looks and great opportunities, but sometimes they just don’t go in.” – 11:48 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jayson Tatum: “I feel like I had a thousand open shots I would normally make.” – 11:47 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Jayson Tatum on going 2-for-15:
“Sometimes you gotta laugh at yourself. I guess I’m good for one of those season.” – 11:47 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Kemba on the small lineup changing the pace, credits Obi: “Obi, I thought he changed the pace of the game, He’s a very special talent. He can run, he can really run, get out in the open floor. We just played fast, thought we had some great chemistry.” – 11:47 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jayson Tatum: “2 for 15. Sometimes you’ve gotta laugh at yourself. I guess I’m good for one of those a season. Hopefully that’s the last one.” – 11:47 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jaylen Brown said he wanted the ball more in his hands on a night like this, not only to score but to make plays. #Celtics #Knicks11:47 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Re: Fournier’s late shots, Udoka said he changed coverage and it wasn’t executed: “Changing our coverage in overtime and the fourth quarter we wanted to keep Rob on Julius Randle, and some of our guys just messed up the coverage. Have to be more communicative when we switch it up – 11:45 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jaylen Brown said he’s grateful Kemba let him be himself: “Some guys get envious or things like that. Not Kemba Walker.” – 11:45 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
Jaylen: “My breathing felt irregular, but fine for the most part. Toward the end, I could feel my heart beating through my chest … The adrenaline kind of took over.” – 11:45 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jaylen Brown: “Kemba that’s my guy. I can’t say enough good things about him…I’m very grateful for the time I spent with him.” – 11:44 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Jaylen Brown on Ime Udoka’s first game:
“Ime was calm, man. He was excited, you could tell. … ATO’s were great. I think he did a really great job tonight.” – 11:44 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jaylen Brown said the reason why he wanted to play tonight was because he wanted to be there for Ime Udoka’s debut. – 11:44 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jaylen Brown was asked if he wanted the ball every time while that hot: “I think that I would have liked to have it in my hands more.”
“When you get hot, we’ve gotta keep going to that guy.”
On Tatum missing him once late: “It happens. I’ve missed my fair share of people.” – 11:43 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jaylen Brown: “As a team we can play a lot better. I promise you” – 11:41 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Jaylen Brown “As a team, we can play a lot better, I promise you.” – 11:41 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
Opening Night was full of chaos and history down in New York. nba.com/celtics/game-r…11:41 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jaylen Brown: “As a team we can play a lot better, I promise you.” – 11:41 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown said he’s excited for the Celtics: “I liked, no, LOVED our resiliency tonight. We have a lot to look forward to on Friday at home. I’m extremely excited for that.” – 11:40 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jaylen Brown said he was “extremely satisfied seeing what Romeo can do.” – 11:40 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
“I loved our resiliency tonight,” says Jaylen Brown. – 11:40 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Jaylen Brown: “I think we got a lot to look forward to on Friday, home opener. … I’m extremely excited for that.” – 11:39 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jaylen Brown: “I’m excited for this team and this journey. … I loved our resilience tonight.” – 11:39 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Jaylen Brown: “I loved our resiliency tonight.” – 11:39 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jaylen Brown said his breathing felt irregular returning from COVID, but was okay: “I felt my heart beating in my chest. Adrenaline just took over for me. From the 1st OT to the second, I could hear my heart beat. I tried my best to breathe, but for the most part, I felt fine.” – 11:39 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown on what happened late: “We missed a lot of shot. I missed a layup. That was embarrassing. And we could have communicated better on defense.” – 11:39 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Kemba Walker, like Evan Fournier, took the blame for Marcus Smart’s 3 at the end of regulation. “I was disappointed in myself,” he said. – 11:39 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Jaylen Brown scores 46, but Knicks outlast Celtics in 2OT barnburner nba.nbcsports.com/2021/10/20/jay…11:39 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jaylen Brown said his breathing felt “irregular but fine for the most part.” Said his heart was racing during the double overtime, but thought he held up well physically after missing time with COVID-19.
“It would have been better if we won.” – 11:38 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jaylen Brown, “Near the end of the game, I could hear my heart beat through my chest. But for the most part I felt fine” #Celtics #Knicks11:38 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Jaylen Brown on playing 46 minutes after clearing quarantine 24 hours ago: “I don’t know how I did it.” He said his breathing felt irregular later in the game, could hear his heartbeat through his chest. – 11:38 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Jaylen Brown says his breathing felt irregular but fine. “Towards the end there I could feel my heart beating through my chest.” – 11:37 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Jaylen Brown says his breathing “felt irregular but for the most part fine” tonight. – 11:37 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown said he spent a lot of time in quarantine envisioning being out on the court and playing tonight. – 11:37 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Kemba Walker: “The energy in this building is second to none.” – 11:37 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jaylen Brown finished with 46 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists tonight. The only other Celtics to hit those numbers in a game are Larry Bird and John Havlicek, per @SportRadar. Only Michael Jordan and Anthony Davis have hit those numbers on opening night in NBA history. – 11:36 PM
Frank Isola @TheFrankIsola
“Everything matters to me” is what Tom Thibodeau said last week. His teams play like that. (He should have been coaching the Knicks years ago.) – 11:35 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Obi Toppin: “Hearing your name get chanted in the Garden is unbelievable.” – 11:30 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Obi Toppin sat in the corner of the room watching Julius Randle’s press conference the whole time. His turn to sit down and he turns to reporters and says, “I ain’t that good. I can’t answer questions like that.” – 11:30 PM
Evan Fournier @EvanFourmizz
Thank you for the juice @New York Knicks fans !!
MSG was ROCKIN’ !!!! – 11:28 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Julius Randle: “If they put me at the 5, I feel like any 5 in the league it’s going to be a mismatch for them.” – 11:28 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Julius Randle: “We just found a way to win. What matters is that it’s a win.” – 11:28 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
“It was crazy.” Says Evan Fournier of his first game as a knick. It was fun to go to OT but I wish we would have killed the game in 48. pic.twitter.com/lDTU4trT6q11:26 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Evan Fournier says “I feel responsible” for Smart’s 3 at the end of regulation because he doubled. Thought Barrett was gonna foul Tatum but then Tatum slipped. “It put the team in a bad spot,” he said. – 11:24 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Tom Thibodeau said NYK asked Julius Randle (35 pts, 8 reb, 9 assist) to do ‘a lot’ on both sides of ball vs. BOS: “He gives you everything he has…He had that monster year last year, got a new contract…And he’s hungrier now than he was last year, which I thought was impossible.” – 11:11 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Excuse me, watching Evan Fournier OT highlights pic.twitter.com/Obvqhsu43v11:08 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Robert Williams said Kemba Walker told him “thank you” after Williams missed a dunk lol. Williams also said he’s mad at Evan Fournier now. – 11:07 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Robert Williams:
“I’m kind of mad at Evan (Fournier)” – 11:07 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Robert Williams on Jaylen Brown’s performance after missing time with COVID-19: “He a hooper man. He a real hooper.” – 11:06 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Robert Williams on playing a career-high in minutes: “(laughs) That’s what I’ve been wanting, right?” – 11:06 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Robert Williams on playing over 40 minutes:
“It’s what I’ve been wanting, right?” – 11:05 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Robert Williams: “As far as the 44 minutes, that’s what I’ve been wanting, right?” – 11:05 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Robert Williams: “We kind of messed up some of our coverages. We just were not doing our coverages right.”
Williams also said he blames himself. That seems like he’s taking misplaced responsibility there. Didn’t seem like it was on him. – 11:05 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Robert Williams on the late defense: “We just were not doing our coverages right.” – 11:04 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka: “We would have called more sets to create movement, but we wanted to ride Jaylen Brown a little bit. We had some mismatches that we wanted to attack. We’ll usually run sets with more movement.” – 11:02 PM
Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Randle, Fournier save #Knicks from disaster as they capture thrilling double-OT win over rival #Celtics in opener nypost.com/2021/10/20/kni…11:02 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Tom Thibodeau on the challenge of guarding the Celtics: “The issue with Boston is you’ve got two guys that are monsters.” – 11:00 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics showed on tape how Obi Toppin can get out in transition. Thought Boston’s transition defense fell short at times. – 10:59 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
Coach Udoka: “It’s a tough one to give away, especially when you worked your way to get back in it. But it’s only the first game and so we’ve got to bounce back Friday at home.” – 10:58 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Tom Thibodeau says the Knicks were going to foul at the end of regulation, but that when Jayson Tatum slipped it caused some confusion, leading to the breakout that eventually resulted in Marcus Smart’s game-tying 3. – 10:57 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Tom Thibodeau said the Knicks wanted to foul at the end of regulation but Tatum slipping caused the confusion. – 10:57 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics went from switching everything to switching 1 through 4 late because they wanted to keep Robert Williams on Julius Randle. Said the Celtics made some mistakes going under the screens like they were still in the switch everything coverage. – 10:56 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said the Celtics changed their coverages to keep Robert Williams on Julius Randle. That caused some of the issues where the Knicks got open shots, because the other defenders were still in “switch everything” mode. – 10:56 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Ime Udoka said the Celtics went from switching everything to switching 1 through 4 late in regulation, and that led to some confusion and blown coverages in the overtimes. – 10:55 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Knicks rookies McBride and Grimes getting up shots less than 10 mins after the marathon game is over pic.twitter.com/Ip1Ll8b0lA10:54 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said the Celtics weren’t sure they’d win the challenge on the Jaylen Brown offensive foul. He didn’t want to risk losing the timeout. – 10:54 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Anyway, 138-134 Knicks in two overtimes. The game ended. The season can go on. – 10:53 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka thought the Celtics showed some fatigue late in the game with their decision making. He pointed to the “home run” passes in the second quarter as when the Knicks got back in the game. – 10:53 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Evan Fournier was supposed to bring the Knicks 3-point shooting. That’s what won them the game tonight. – 10:53 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
LIVE Garden Report: Celtics vs Knicks Postgame Show | Powered by @betonline_ag & @InsaCannabis twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…10:53 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
A monster night for Julius Randle:
35 points,
9 assists,
8 rebounds,
3 blocks,
3 made 3-pointers,
1 win.
Per @Basketball-Reference,
Randle is the first player in Knicks franchise history to tally more than 30 points, more than 5 boards and more than 5 dimes in a season opener. – 10:51 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Well, that was a hell of a way to start the season.
Final: Knicks 138, Celtics 134 in 2OT.
Julius Randle had 35 and Evan Fournier 32 for the Knicks.
Jaylen Brown had 46 for the Celtics. – 10:51 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics are supposed to have practice tomorrow before the home opener on Friday against the Raptors. Guessing tomorrow might have just turned into an offday. – 10:51 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Julius Randle (35 points) & Evan Fournier (32 points) helped lift Knicks to double-OT win over BOS. Game changed in 3rd quarter when NYK went w/a small lineup featuring Randle/RJ Barrett/Obi Toppin. Barrett had 14 in quarter & NYK outscored BOS by 13 w/Toppin on floor in 3rd. – 10:50 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
For the “Fournier isn’t much of an upgrade over Bullock” crowd…
Bullock has played 366 games in his career and never tallied more than 20 points and more than 5 rebounds in the same game.
Fournier had 32 points, 6 rebs, 6 3PT’s, 4 steals and 3 assists in his first game in NY – 10:48 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Four takeaways after the #Celtics fall short against the Knicks in an instant classic: masslive.com/celtics/2021/1…10:48 PM
Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Sneaker free agent Jaylen Brown (*there*…I confirmed it!) drops a career high 46 points in the “Hall of Fame” Nike Kobe 5. pic.twitter.com/d0a7mASEZQ10:48 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Julius Randle (35 points) and Evan Fournier (32) are the first duo in @New York Knicks history to each record a 30-point game in a season opener. – 10:46 PM
Michael Gallagher @MikeSGallagher
Brad Stevens said Robert Williams at 24 can handle more NBA minutes now that his body got used to it.
TIME LORD PLAYED 45 MINUTES (!!!!!!!!!!!!) TONIGHT. 🚀⌚️⏱️🚀⌚️⏱️🚀⌚️⏱️🚀 – 10:45 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Public Service Announcement:
Those who’ve watched the Celtics-Knicks game are advised not to operate heavy machinery for the next 12 hours. Not even a toaster oven.
The combination of clutch 3’s and missed dunks and layups can cause severe disorientation. Enjoy responsibly. – 10:45 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
thibs limited both randle and barrett to under 48 minutes. proud of him. – 10:44 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
All of New York after that game pic.twitter.com/hW9r43CPYl10:44 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Most points, first game of season:
320 – Warriors 162, Nuggets 158, 1990
272 – Knicks 138, Celtics 134, tonight
271 – Pacers 140, Nets 131, 2017 – 10:44 PM
Trey Kerby @treykerby
Iconic ICNICICS debut for Evan Fournier pic.twitter.com/vSUbZaFBSt10:44 PM

Mike Lynch @SportInfo247
Evan Fournier (32) has surpassed Keith Van Horn’s record for most points in Knicks debut stathead.com/tiny/axJvc pic.twitter.com/8WbsF5G49B10:44 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Jaylen Brown career-high night.
46 PTS
9 REB
6 AST
16-30 FG
8-14 3P
That’s the most points ever by a Celtic in a season opener. pic.twitter.com/ihRzVlwQjZ10:44 PM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Spike Lee and Dustin Hoffman celebrate the Knicks’ 138-134 double OT win over The Celtics
Julius Randle – 35 pts, 8 Rebs, 9 assts
Evan Fournier – 32 pts pic.twitter.com/A8159uFLLE10:44 PM

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Several of the Knicks and Celtics starters earned next couple games off… – 10:44 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Julius Randle: “This is why we take preseason serious.” – 10:43 PM
Bogdan Bogdanovic @LeaderOfHorde
That gameee thoo!!!! Fournier on 🔥 #NBA7510:43 PM
Jonathan Wasserman @NBADraftWass
RJ Barrett’s defense for the majority of that game outstanding – 10:43 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
New York fans seeing the Knicks beat the Celtics on opening night in 2OT pic.twitter.com/seVxMd0jEB10:43 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Julius Randle: “I can’t wait to go home and lay in the bed, I swear.”
We are all Julius Randle. – 10:42 PM
Mike Mazzeo @MazzNYC
One of 82 but will probably end up being the most memorable one of the 82. Nice job by the Knicks of sticking with it after that collapse – 10:42 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Final, 2OT: Knicks 138, Celtics 134.
Knicks improve to 1-0 on the season, though that may have counted as two games.
• Randle 35-8-9
• Fournier 32-6-3
• Barrett 19 & 5
• Toppin 14 pts
• Brow 46-9-6
• Tatum 20-11-4, 7-30 FGs – 10:42 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
knicks and celtics closers after this game pic.twitter.com/tgK96LoNEc10:42 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Knicks win 138-134 in double OT.
Brown – 46 points (career-high)
Tatum – 20 points, 7-29 FGs
Randle – 35/7/9
Fournier – 32 points – 10:42 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Evan Fournier Knicks debut:
32 PTS
6 REB
4 STL
13-25 FG
6-13 3P
The most points by a Knick in a debut in franchise history. pic.twitter.com/LkGjjYtYnM10:42 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Knicks squeak out 138-134 double OT win over the #Celtics. pic.twitter.com/KFJNWwHeng10:42 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Great win for the Knicks. Outlasted the Celtics in 2OT. Shut down Jayson Tatum. Forced others to step up. – 10:42 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
KNICKS WIN. KNICKS WIN!! HIT THE DAMN MUSIC pic.twitter.com/85kw5HzG3Q10:41 PM

Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
🗽 NYK 138 ☘️ BOS 134 (2 OT)
Ime Udoka said Celtics were going to “manage” Jaylen Brown’s minutes coming back from COVID.
Career-high 46 points, career-high 46 minutes.
Evan Fournier spoils the night. What a game. – 10:41 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Knicks 138, Celtics 134. Final.
Double overtime.
46 for Jaylen. 7 for 30 shooting by Tatum.
Just a truly wild opener. – 10:41 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
And after all that, the Celtics lose 138-134. What an absurd way to start the season. – 10:40 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics miss three 3-point attempts and that’s it, lose 138-134 in double OT to #Knicks10:40 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
The endless game ended. The Knicks won, I think. – 10:40 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
There was a lotta contact on that Tatum drive. – 10:39 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Derrick Rose should’ve been attacking like that the whole second OT. He has the freshest legs on the court. – 10:39 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics are going to need another miracle to stay in this one. – 10:39 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
A 3 by Fournier and a bank shot by Rose and the #Knicks are up 4 with 22.2 left. Tatum tried to attack basket and thought he was fouled. #Celtics10:38 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Evan “don’t Google me” Fournier – 10:38 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
32 points for Fournier. He’s killed Boston all night. – 10:38 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Robert Williams had never played more than 32 minutes in a game entering this season.
He’s played 44 minutes tonight. – 10:37 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics up 134-133 with 1:05 to play in the second overtime… pic.twitter.com/g7NfiIazW910:37 PM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Thibs in the huddle looking at Julius Randle and RJ Barrett like, “See, you could play 48 minutes every night.” – 10:37 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Ime Udoka is pulling his best Thibs impression with the minutes for the #Celtics. – 10:36 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Jaylen Brown has played 45 minutes and scored 46 points in an NBA game a few days after having COVID-19.
I was winded wrapping Christmas presents. – 10:35 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Julius Randle is the first player in @New York Knicks history to record at least 35 points, five rebounds, and five assists in a season opener. – 10:35 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Finally Tatum gets one to fall. – 10:35 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Robert Williams career-high in minutes before tonight was 32. He’s up to 43 and counting. – 10:35 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jayson Tatum was 6 for 27, including 2 for 14 from deep. But that spin move past RJ Barrett plus the foul gives the Celtics a 134-133 lead in double overtime. – 10:35 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum with an And 1 with 1:05 left and the #Celtics are up 1. – 10:35 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
What a mess of a night for Tatum offensively. Brown looks like his legs are gone. – 10:35 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
4 FTA and 21 missed shots for Tatum. Go to the effing basket. This is why he’s not an All-NBA guy yet, – 10:35 PM
Mike Lynch @SportInfo247
This is the 1st multi-OT season opener since Knicks/Grizz in 2006 (Kyle Lowry’s NBA debut) – 10:34 PM
David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
Jaylen Brown is EXHAUSTED. Just out of COVID protocol into double OT.
Dude that athletic does not miss a dunk like that. Legs are shot. – 10:34 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Knicks and Celtics are playing the league’s first double-overtime opening night game since 2006 … when the Knicks and Grizzlies played triple-overtime. – 10:34 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Knicks fans might need a vacation after this one – 10:34 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Knicks fans, we really gonna do this 81 more times this season? – 10:34 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
What a shot by Randle. Williams was right on that one, but Randle got it to drop. – 10:34 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Knicks and C’s playing this season opener like a Game 7. Love this league. – 10:33 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
I had Jaylen Brown as my Certified Breakout Player on last week’s episode of @CertifiedBckts.. 46 points at MSG tonight. He has to take that next step for Boston this season. – 10:31 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
My goodness Jaylen just missed a breakaway dunk. He’s exhausted. #Celtics10:31 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Great recovery block by Randle.
Great steal by Schroder.
Terrible miss by Schroder.
Great make by Barrett.
This game has everything. Including exhausted players. – 10:31 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Jaylen Brown putting together quite the historic performance tonight given the circumstances. – 10:30 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Jaylen Brown has 46 points in 42 minutes in his first game out of quarantine. – 10:30 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
46 points for Jaylen Brown.
50 burger coming? – 10:30 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jaylen for 3. He has 46. #Celtics #Knicks10:29 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
If Jaylen Brown plays all of the second overtime, he will be up to 46 minutes after missing a lot of time with COVID-19. He’s now up to 46 points. – 10:29 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Derrick Rose is in for Kemba Walker for second ot. – 10:29 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Derrick Rose starting the second OT for Kemba Walker. – 10:29 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Derrick Rose is in for Kemba Walker to begin this second overtime. Other nine players remain the same. – 10:28 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Your lineup for round 2 of overtime: Rose, Fournier, Barrett, Randle, Robinson. – 10:28 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Knicks and Celtics hit their first 8 combined shots of OT then closed it out by missing their next 10 shots – 10:28 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Both teams combined for 24 points in the first 2:02 of the 1st OT and neither scored after. #Celtics #Knicks10:28 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
everyone watching knicks-celtics pic.twitter.com/EShADRZycG10:28 PM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Knicks should open with Derrick Rose and Alec Burks and maybe even Immanuel Quickley. Those starters are gassed. – 10:27 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Jaylen Brown has set a career high with 43 points – 10:27 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
in honor of Kemba let’s go for this: espn.com/mens-college-b…10:27 PM
Brian Geltzeiler @hoopscritic
The shot selection in overtime of this Celtics/Knicks game on both sides was grotesque, especially in the last two minutes. – 10:27 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Headed to double overtime in New York…
…the Celtics have made 8 3’s in the last 8 minutes. pic.twitter.com/RnOHl2tbPj10:27 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Not sure Tatum caught iron on his last couple shots in overtime. Just no legs left on those. – 10:27 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
I have no idea what the record is for the most overtimes played on opening day, but the Knicks and Celtics are certainly giving me enough time to look it up. – 10:27 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
You iso in these spots to not get too cute and turn it over when the game is tied, but I really, really wish someone would have done something to give Tatum an outlet to pass in that situation – 10:27 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Coming off a COVID quarantine, Jaylen has played 41 minutes, wonder how much he has left. #Celtics #Knicks10:27 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
I love Julius Randle, but the Celtics aren’t the preseason Wizards. Gotta take that inside. – 10:27 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum made a shot from that spot to beat the Knicks at the buzzer a couple of years ago, IIRC. – 10:27 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
The Robert Williams D on Julius Randle late in the 4Q and OT has been high level. – 10:26 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Teams couldn’t miss the first two minutes of OT and they couldn’t made anything the final three. Second OT at MSG with the Knicks and Celtics tied at 128. – 10:26 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Did Julius Randle forget he’s the size of a defensive tackle? – 10:26 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Tatum calls for the clear out, wants the last shot, but misses everything. Here comes double overtime. – 10:26 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
So much for monitoring Jaylen Brown’s minutes tonight… – 10:25 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
Celtics-Knicks is Evan al Forno. – 10:25 PM
David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
If the Celtics go under one more screen on Fournier I’m gonna lose my mind. – 10:24 PM
Philadelphia 76ers PR @SixersStats
In his @Philadelphia 76ers debut, @Andre Drummond recorded 17 rebounds in 19 minutes as a reserve. His 17 boards are the most by a 76er making their team debut since @Hoophall member Moses Malone had 17 on Oct. 29, 1982 at New York.
h/t @Stathead10:24 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Got home just in time to see Evan Fournier smoke that wide open 3 – 10:24 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
evan fournier is going to shorten my lifespan this season – 10:23 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Knicks-Celtics is a marquee NBA matchup again and that is awesome. – 10:23 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
What an overtime. Team France Fournier has shown up. Jaylen with 43. Tied with 1 minute left. #Celtics #Knicks10:23 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Robert Williams has done a great job on Julius Randle late in this game. – 10:23 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Yeah Celtics-Knicks is absolutely freaking incredible in these last six or so minutes. – 10:22 PM
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
What is happening in NYK?!?!? – 10:21 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
The year is 2028.
The Knicks and Celtics have been trading off overtime 3s for 7 years… – 10:21 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
#Knicks offense in OT = Evan Fournier – 10:21 PM
Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
This Knicks-Celtics games is one of the weirdest games I’ve ever been at – 10:20 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
That’s a career-high for Jaylen Brown (43), who has been sidelined and away from the team for the last ten days with COVID. – 10:20 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
*every* Knicks game is like this. you’d figure we’d be used to it by now. nope, just grey, stressed, and hungry over here. – 10:20 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
New career-high of 43 points for Jaylen Brown. – 10:20 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Evan Fournier dear lord. Celtics keep leaving him open, too. – 10:20 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Now Fournier is going crazy #Celtics #Knicks10:20 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Jaylen Brown splits two free throws, ties the game at 122. Brown now has career-high 43 points. – 10:20 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Fournier has been crazy tonight on offense. Making everything.
Celtics might want to stop going under against him. – 10:20 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Jaylen Brown is the first player in @Marc D’Amico history to record a 40-point game in a season opener. – 10:19 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics need to figure out their defense on Fournier on the perimeter. – 10:19 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
Just like last year, Evan Fournier is killing the Celtics. – 10:19 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
My entire Takeaways for @celticsblog might just be Jaylen Brown with Smart’s game-tying three in there too. – 10:19 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Officially the Evan Fournier revenge game. – 10:19 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
🚨 SMART TIES IT AT THE BUZZER 🚨 pic.twitter.com/6chTzMCLYq10:19 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
Marcus Smart sends the Celtics to OT!
(📼 @espn)
pic.twitter.com/LZp4qPPQAf10:19 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
The Knicks were up six with 26 seconds left when the Celtics started a run of 10 points in the final 26 seconds. – 10:18 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
10 points in 27 seconds. Celtics should do more of that. – 10:18 PM
Brian Geltzeiler @hoopscritic
Kemba Walker did more for the Celtics in the last minute of this game than he did all of last year. – 10:18 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
New York fans: “Can you hold on to an 11 point lead late in the 4th quarter?”
The Knicks: pic.twitter.com/4NVcNgv4j710:17 PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
evan fournier must now google his own name as penance – 10:17 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
Pretty confident in my Ime Udoka Coach of the Year call after he told Jayson Tatum to fake falling on the court to free up Marcus Smart for a wide-open game-tying 3. Brilliance at work. – 10:17 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
18-7 close over the final 3:38 from the Celtics to force OT.
11 for Grant Williams down the stretch.
The Celtics 20-year run of dominance at MSG began in December of 2001 on a buzzer three by Antoine Walker to force OT.
39 for Jaylen Brown
Tatum 5-22 in regulation. – 10:17 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
The #Celtics scored 10 points in the final 26.8 seconds of regulation. – 10:17 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
It felt like Jayson Tatum slipping threw off Alec Burks who was attempting to foul in the backcourt. – 10:17 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Good on Dennis Schroder to trust Marcus Smart there vs taking the pullup three himself.
But I have to ask…what exactly was Kemba Walker dropping to paint to protect against? – 10:17 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
My guess is Knicks wanted to foul person who caught inbounds and Tatum falling got everybody disorganized – 10:17 PM
Serena Winters @SerenaWinters
OH ME OH MY. The ending (to be continued in OT!) of this #Celtics #Knicks games is bananasss. #NBA !!!!! – 10:17 PM
Brad Botkin @bradbotkincbs
Celtics Knicks wild ending to regulation, and the NBA should be doing everything in its power to allow more of these endings to happen by punishing intentional fouls when teams are up three. This should be a more regular occurrence – 10:17 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
“I have no idea what (Evan) Fournier was doing in that situation. And Kemba Walker going into the two-point area is nonsensical as well.” – Jeff Van Gundy on the Knicks backcourt (former Celtics) on Marcus Smart’s game-tying, 3-ball to force overtime. – 10:16 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Oh my. Marcus Smart buries three at the buzzer. Knicks and Celtics go into overtime in season opener with the score tied at 116. – 10:16 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Mike Breen gave MARCUS SMART a double BANG. Im sick. – 10:16 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
This game felt like it was over a few minutes ago. Grant Williams with some big buckets to keep the Celtics in it and the brilliant Brown hit a deep 3 to make sure they’d have a final chance. – 10:16 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
The Knicks could’ve won this game like 5 different times in the last minute of regulation. – 10:16 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Tom Thibodeau is going to be until 4am rewatching film of that game-tying Celtics possession – 10:16 PM
Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
The Knicks are back! – 10:16 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Marcus Smart hits a 3 at the buzzer to tie it at 116, and we’re going to overtime.
• Randle 32-6-6
• Fournier 20-4-2
• Barrett 14 pts
• Toppin 14-3-5
• Brown 39-6-4 – 10:15 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
What a brainfart by Fournier trying to double there, giving Celtics a 3-on-2. – 10:15 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
UNBELIEVABLE. Celtics complete an epic comeback to force overtime at the buzzer. pic.twitter.com/xigkDq0Ngg10:15 PM

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
jayson tatum takes superstar gravity to another level – 10:15 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Smart was awful for almost the entire second half, but he just saved Boston there. – 10:15 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Well, that’s a turnaround – and I don’t mean Kemba spinning in circles deciding who to guard on the 3-point line. In his defense, they were all open. – 10:15 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
I’m with Marcus! I don’t want this night to end. #Knicks fans are stunned right now. – 10:15 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
The last minute has been the best and worst of Evan Fournier. – 10:15 PM
Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
FOUL UP THREE, KNICKS – 10:15 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
HAHAHAHA OF COURSE MARCUS SMART HITS THE GAME-TYING 3 TO SEND IT INTO OVERTIME!!
OF COURSE HE DID!! – 10:15 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
WHAT A SHOT BY MARCUS SMART! This has been a great opening day around the league. – 10:15 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
You knew Marcus would hit that 3. It’s all part of the Marcus Smart experience. #Celtics #Knicks10:15 PM
Chris Iseman @ChrisIseman
Oh my, Knicks – 10:14 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Knicks don’t foul leading by 3 with 4 seconds left and guess what, we’re going to OT. Marcus Smart at the buzzer. – 10:14 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Both Ja Morant and Jaylen Brown are going god mode late in their games and the NBA is totally back and I love this league so so so much – 10:14 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Why in the hell didn’t the Knicks foul? – 10:14 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
The funny thing about that late Celtics comeback is it was so reminiscent of the early Brad Stevens years. – 10:14 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Randle hits both and the Marcus sends it into overtime with a 3. Crazy – 10:14 PM
David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
OH MY GOD JAYLEN BROWN – 10:13 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
No timeouts left for the Celtics after these Randle free throws. Boston has to go right away. – 10:13 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Holy crap, Jaylen Brown – 10:13 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown. LoL. – 10:13 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Jaylen Brown, step-back 40-footer. He is on one tonight. – 10:12 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
JB from Queens!! – 10:12 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I love that the Knicks ran a plan with a guy going towards the hoop. Too often teams settle for going towards the backcourt and it’s just so much easier on the defense. – 10:12 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jaylen just hit a 30 footer with 5.3 left #Celtics down 1. Randle fouled – 10:12 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Evan Fournier gets open for a layup, and the Knicks are now up 4 with 9 seconds to go. Barring more craziness, should be just about done here. – 10:11 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
That layup from Fournier didn’t cleanly drop in. If he had missed that… – 10:11 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Instead, they leave Fournier open for a driving layup. The defense has been shredded in the second half. #Celtics #Knicks10:11 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
The #Celtics have to try to foul Barrett here – 10:10 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
RWIlliams hits both. NYK takes final timeout with 11.5 left and up 2. #Celtics10:08 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
it would be hilarious if the celtics come back for ime udoka’s first win by pressing – 10:07 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
RWilliams fouled at the rim with 11.5 left and BOS down 4. #Celtics #Knicks10:07 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Two terrible turnovers from Kemba Walker have given the Celtics a chance here in a game that was all but over. Up 6 with the ball has now become up 4 with Boston shooting free throws with 11.5 left. – 10:07 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Robert Williams is everywhere right now. – 10:07 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Timelord is an absolute menace defensively. He has given the Knicks fits all night – 10:07 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Grant scores on a steal and then the #Celtics steal it again. Down 4 with 19.9 left. – 10:07 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
And Jaylen turns it over after the timeout. A frustrating second half for #Celtics10:06 PM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Oh, look! The Knicks get a bucket in the clutch when they move away from straight ISO! – 10:05 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Jaylen Brown has now set Boston’s all-time record for points in a season opener with 36, passing Bob Cousy and Paul Pierce (35), per @ESPNStatsInfo. But Evan Fournier’s answer with a 3 at the other end has the Knicks up 6 with 49.3 seconds to go. – 10:05 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Huge shot by Fournier. That’s a killer. – 10:04 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Fournier with the big 3 to put #Knicks up 6 with under a minute left. – 10:04 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Huge shot by Evan Fournier. – 10:04 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Brown is doing everything he can to win this game for Boston. – 10:03 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
available personnel has paved the way for it, but it’s still wild how the randle-obi frontcourt went from “will thibs ever play it?” to logging crunch-time minutes in game 1 – 10:03 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Udoka also passed up a chance to challenge that charge call on Jaylen. He will be asked that after the game. #Celtics #Knicks10:03 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
Grant knocks down another!!! pic.twitter.com/mE59oeFunv10:02 PM

Brian Geltzeiler @hoopscritic
Kemba Walker is falling to the ground hurt more than Vince Vaughn during the football game in Wedding Crashers – 10:02 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jayson basically blew off a chance to pass to Jaylen down the floor and instead missed a contested layup. #Celtics don’t score in key possession. They talked afterwards and slapped hands. #Celtics #Knicks10:01 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
That’s a rough call on Jaylen Brown. Kemba borderline slid into him there. – 10:00 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Grant Williams 3-pointer fueled comeback? sure, why not – 9:59 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Grant Williams is keeping the Celtics in this game. He has 13 points on 5-of-8 FG. – 9:59 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Not exactly the homecoming the Raptors had hoped for. Their first win back in Toronto will have to wait, but after 600 days what’s another 3? Following a quick trip to Boston on Friday, they’ll host Dallas here on Saturday – the first game of a 4-game home stand. – 9:58 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Julius Randle just embarrassing Grant Williams. pic.twitter.com/PNUhssMb2J9:58 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics FG attempts in fourth quarter
Smart: 6
Brown: 6
Schroder: 4
Pritchard: 2
G. Williams: 2
Tatum: 1 – 9:58 PM
Mike Mazzeo @MazzNYC
Like Marcus Smart the player but not Marcus Smart the point guard – 9:58 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Obi Toppin’s 14 points are a career high. Knicks up eight with 3:16 to play. – 9:58 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Smart had played an understated, under control game for three quarter. In the fourth quarter he tried to take over and it’s been a mess. Yes, Tatum has been off and they need someone else, but not like this. – 9:57 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
This is pure Marcus Smart deciding that when nothing else is working, he’s going to try to take over. The first half was selective Smart who stuck to the corners. This quarter has been “well, might as well because no one else is hitting anything” – 9:55 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
The boys Pete Davidson and Jon Stewart watching some Knicks pic.twitter.com/aUpWkVAv3F9:54 PM

Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Some really poor possessions from the Celtics down the stretch here. Just a rough couple of minutes on a number of levels. – 9:54 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Way too much Marcus Smart late in this game. – 9:54 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics letting go of the rope and forgetting everything Udoka has stressed the past five months. – 9:54 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Randle looks as good as last year, but the additions of Evan and Kemba and maybe most important, development of Obi, has a much different feel around him. – 9:53 PM
Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
Marcus Smart in one of his “don’t worry I got this” runs – 9:53 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Randle hit that pullup on the baseline, but he missed Topping wide open on a cut that would have been a dunk. – 9:53 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
14 points is a career-high for Obi Toppin, by the way. – 9:53 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Toppin outperforming Tatum on national TV you hate to see it. – 9:52 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Obi Toppin in the open court is Madison Square Garden kerosene. – 9:52 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Celtics are falling apart. A lot of poor decisions – 9:51 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Obi Toppin now has a new career high of 14 points after that fast break layup. All but one of those points have come in the second half. – 9:51 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
That was a terrible stretch by Marcus Smart. – 9:51 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
A lot of Marcus Smart here offensively. – 9:51 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Crowd loving Obi fast break scoop layup. Thibs loving Fournier taking a charge on the other end. – 9:51 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
And Marcus Smart is beginning to revert to old form #Celtics #Knicks9:51 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Thibs closing with the Randle-Toppin frontcourt, which means those two could play about 15 minutes together tonight.
They played only 39 together for ALL of last season.
Quite the opening-night change. – 9:49 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
It’s Randle, Obi, Kemba, Fournier and Barrett on for the Knicks – 100-95 with 6:51 left. – 9:49 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Randle coming back in for Robinson – running back the small lineup with 6:51 to play. – 9:48 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Celtics just ran last year’s offense where no one was moving and Smart took three above the break 3-pointers. The whole thing reverted back to bad habits galore. Good timeout by Udoka to get them back on track – 9:48 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
man, Robert Williams is a fantastic perimeter defender… BOS unafraid to switch and leave him out there – 9:47 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum and Grant are coming back in after this timeout. Guessing they’ll both go the rest of the way. – 9:47 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics call timeout down 5 with 6:51 left and Tatum and GWilliams about to check in. – 9:47 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Obi Toppin’s improvement over the last year is a testament to him but also the Knicks’ ability to develop guys in limited playing time while maximizing practice and drills. Toppin looks like a totally different player than in his first few months in the NBA. – 9:46 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Boston needed that three from Smart. – 9:46 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
Brown still hot from downtown 👌🏾 pic.twitter.com/i5AqWPFzGu9:44 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
It’s probably too late now, because Boston needs stops to get back in this game, but there was a spot to play Kanter in the third quarter that was probably missed. – 9:44 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum’s spending a lot time on the bench. #Celtics #Knicks9:43 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Having Al Horford and Josh Richardson in there defensively would be such a huge help tonight – 9:43 PM
Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA
Gotta give this Knicks front office credit. – 9:42 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Obi Toppin huh? – 9:41 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Toppin has changed this game. It’s not just his scoring. The way he runs the floor is sending the Celtics into a frenzy. He beats the defense down just about every time. – 9:41 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
The Mitchell Robinson-Obi Toppin frontcourt is destroying the Celtics at the moment. Knicks up 100-92 with 8:57 to play. – 9:41 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
JUST LET OBI TOPPIN RUN PICK AND ROLLS AND ROLL TO THE RIM. – 9:41 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics have gone small a lot without Al Horford and the Knicks are dominating them at the rim. Either with lobs or second-chance buckets. – 9:41 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Obi Toppin just dunked on two Celtics heads and NOW I’m mad!! – 9:41 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Who is this Obi Toppin guy? Was he on the team last year? Garden is on their feet chanting his name after he dunks over Payton Pritchard. – 9:41 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Knicks just punishing the #Celtics at the rim. BOS defense has to improve quickly. – 9:40 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Derrick Rose with a lob to Obi Toppin for a dunk – between two defenders and finishing by pointing as he’s still hanging on the rim. – 9:40 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Obi Toppin just dunked all over Payton Pritchard. – 9:40 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Not only is Tatum 1-10 from 3.. Pritchard is 0-2, and Nesmith is 0-3. Shooting was always a question coming into this season, the C’s can’t afford to get 1-15 from three guys they should be able to count on from deep – 9:40 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
34 points for Jaylen Brown. Celtics would be getting blown out without his monster night. – 9:40 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
From earlier:
MOST 1st QUARTER POINTS, Opening Night (since 1996)
24 Stephen Curry vs. NO, 10/27/15
22 CJ McCollum vs. NO, 10/28/15
20 Jaylen Brown tonight
19 Jalen Rose vs. NJ, 10/30/01
Celtic high was 13 by Pierce, 11/2/99 vs. TOR – 9:40 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Oh my goodness. Obi Toppin. – 9:40 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Pretty confident in saying Dalano will be playing rotation minutes in Boston on Friday. – 9:38 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Knicks just crushing the Celtics in transition in second half. – 9:38 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Obi Toppin has really changed the momentum of this game. #Celtics #Knicks9:38 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Hearing @TheGarden chant “Boston Sucks!” again. pic.twitter.com/LQNzvp91dB9:37 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Celtics second rotations have been awful in the second half. They aren’t doing enough to keep the Knicks from getting good second looks. – 9:36 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
It all comes down to these people w minutes #BleedGreen pic.twitter.com/U0IVwOEwvF9:35 PM

Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA
RJ Barrett is the x-factor for the Knicks. Their ceiling is connected to how well he plays. – 9:35 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
After the Knicks went to Toppin-Randle lineup with 8:36 remaining in the third, they outscored the Celtics 28-15 over the rest of the quarter. – 9:35 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Knicks lead 86-82 after three
Brown – 29 points
Tatum – 14 points, 4-20 FGs
R. Williams – 12 points, 3 blocks
Celtics – 21 assists on 30 baskets, 13 turnovers
Celtics – 9-29 threes
Randle – 26/6/5
Fournier – 15 points
Barrett – 14 points
Knicks – 7 blocks
Knicks – 9-27 threes – 9:34 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics scored 35 points in 1Q and then a combined 47 in the next two. – 9:33 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Thibodeau finally went small with Obi Toppin and Julius Randle in the front court. And boy did it work.
Turnovers, fastbreaks and spacing. RJ Barrett comes alive.
After three quarters: Knicks 86, Celtics 82. – 9:33 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Celtics have missed 15 out of their last 16 shots from 3-point range. No surprise! Tatum & Co don’t know what a good shot is… – 9:33 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Through three quarters, the Knicks lead the Celtics 86-82.
• Randle 26-6-5
• Fournier 15 pts
• Barrett 14 pts
• Walker 7-7-3
• Brown 29-6-3
• Tatum 14-4-2
Knicks win the third 32-24 to take the lead. – 9:32 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
RJ Barrett with a 14-point third quarter after going scoreless in the first half. Knicks lead Celtics 86-82. – 9:32 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Boston sucks! chants break out in MSG! But, jokes on them. I’m just excited to be here!! – 9:32 PM
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
why do knicks fans think the arena rock band that created more than a feeling sucks – 9:31 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Celtics had been in control for much of this game, but the Knicks made a big push here in the third, powered by creating easy transition opportunities. Knicks now lead 86-82 after 3 quarters, with all 14 of RJ Barrett’s points coming in the third. – 9:31 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
What a dumb foul by Fournier. Knicks had all the momentum to end the third. – 9:31 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
RJ Barrett didn’t score until 30 minutes into this game.
He has 14 points in less than six minutes since. – 9:29 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Loud “RJ Barrett” chants at MSG. He was scoreless for first 18 minutes of the game – has 14 in the last 6 minutes. Knicks up 86-80. – 9:29 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Randle has done a fantastic job unlocking Barrett this quarter.
Assisted him on two wide-open 3PT then Randle steal leads to RJ dunk – 9:29 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
I can only think I didn’t see the foul on the replay if surely JB challenges that? Or do they lose their only TO if they lose it so he didn’t want to risk it? – 9:29 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
The last four minutes of this 3Q has been a disaster for the #Celtics9:29 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
The Knicks have gotten so many easy opportunities in transition this quarter. – 9:29 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
The small lineup with Toppin and Randle in the frontcourt is a wrecking crew. They just run after every damn stop. – 9:28 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Same as last preseason game – the Obi-Randle small lineup gives the Knicks an infusion of energy. Two defenders jumped to try to block a corner 3 and when that left what looked like an easy follow, Fournier blocked it leading to Obi dunk and 79-78 lead. – 9:26 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Flashes of last year. Jaylen Brown hasn’t scored in the second half, and Jayson Tatum is now 5-20, 1-10 from three. – 9:26 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
#Knicks DJ has me thinking about stopping by the club on the way home! – 9:25 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Nice! Obi Toppin gives Knicks a 79-78 lead with a dunk on a fast break. – 9:24 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
I’m always saying this: The NBA is just better when people are talking about how the NBA is just better when the Knicks are good. – 9:23 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
rj barrett is so far having one of the most impactful 2-of-5 shooting games you’re going to see – 9:23 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum just can’t find the range tonight. 5-of-20 overall and 1-of-10 from three.
Last miss came after Grant had a great strip on Randle and ran the break well. – 9:23 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Jayson Tatum now 5-of-20 on the night. 1-of-10 from 3-point range. Far too much settling from him. – 9:23 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum is now 5-for-20 FG and has missed 9 of his 10 threes. #Celtics down 1 late 3Q. – 9:22 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
After going with Jericho Sims in the first half, Tom Thibodeau is giving the Obi Toppin-Julius Randle frontcourt a shot here. With Boston playing small, it’s a good time to try it. And Toppin gives the Knicks a lead with a huge dunk on a fast break after a blocked shot. – 9:22 PM
David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
Romeo Langford looks great. 2/2 from 3, playing good D. If he can be a reliable rotation guy for Boston, that’s significant. – 9:20 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Romeo Langford is frontrunner for Most Improved Player after first three quarters of season. – 9:19 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
What a night for Romeo Langford. 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting. – 9:19 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Romeo Langford has 11 points in 12 minutes on 4-of-4 FG. He’s given the Celtics a nice boost off the bench. – 9:19 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
It’s still possible that Romeo Langford will not miss once during the 2021-22 season. – 9:19 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Robert Williams probably needs to think less about having to guard Andre Drummond and get himself back down to whatever weight he was where he defied gravity – 9:17 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Fournier has played well. He fits in with the Knicks other guys. – 9:17 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Not often Marcus Smart allows himself to get posterized. #Celtics #Knicks9:16 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
RJ Barrett gets his first bucket of the game, a fast-break dunk, halfway into the third quarter. – 9:16 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
6:04 left in the third – Barrett scores his first points on a fastbreak dunk off a Fournier steal. – 9:16 PM
Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR
With his seventh 3PT FGM with 5:29 to go in Q4, LaMelo Ball has 31 points. He is just the fourth @Charlotte Hornets player with at least 30 points and 7 made 3s in the team’s season opener, joining Dell Curry, Kemba Walker and Terry Rozier #AllFly9:15 PM
David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
The Celtics are just so much better and more dynamic with Robert Williams healthy. Such an incredible difference-maker. – 9:15 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Mitchell Robinson comes out and this time Thibodeau tries the Obi-Julius combo. – 9:12 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
Marcus with the feed ↗️
Rob with the finish 💥 pic.twitter.com/tRn3vumdeg9:12 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
9-4 Celtics to start the 3rd. Tatum gets his first 3 to fall on the assist from Jaylen Brown. 18 assists for the C’s so far. Schröder leads w/4, Brown/Smart/Grant have 3 each. Ball is moving. – 9:11 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum hits his first 3 and the #Celtics back up 9. Tatum has 14 points on 15 shots. – 9:09 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
No one wants to hear it, but Grant Williams has been good for Boston tonight. Nothing amazing, but he’s played his role as a screener, ball-mover and cutter well so far. – 9:09 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Jayson Tatum, after missing 7 straight 3s to open the game, finally knocks one down here early in the third to open back up a 67-58 lead for the Celtics. – 9:09 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Sneaky solid game for Grant Williams in his spot start. – 9:09 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Grant Williams soars in for the baseline dunk. #thisdayinCelticshistory9:08 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Grant Williams dunk alert! In the regular season no less. – 9:08 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Rough homecoming game so far for Kemba Walker. ..4 points, 1-for-5. – 9:07 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Great sequence for @Robert Williams, catching the lob dunk at one end of the floor and blocking ex-Celtic Kemba Walker moments later. – 9:07 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
BOS 58 – NY 54
RJ Barrett was invisible in that first half.
Per @Basketball-Reference, it’s the first time in Barrett’s career he’s attempted at least 3 FG’s and 2 FT’s and failed to score a single point.
Randle (22 points), Fournier (9) and Mitch Rob (6 pts & 8 rebs) keeping NY close. – 8:57 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
The non Jaylen-Romeo #Celtics were 4-for-17 FG in 2Q and 0-for-9 from 3pt line. – 8:53 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Strange first half here in New York, with Jaylen Brown (25) and Julius Randle (22) playing great, while RJ Barrett and Kemba Walker are a combined 1-for-7 for 4 points, and Jayson Tatum has 9 points on 3-10 shooting. Celtics lead 58-54. – 8:50 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lead 58-54 at the half
Brown – 25 points
Tatum – 9 points
Langford – 8 points
Celtics – 13 assists on 21 baskets, 11 turnovers
Celtics – 8-21 threes
Randle – 22 points
Fournier – 9 points
Robinson – 6 points, 8 rebounds
Knicks – 8 turnovers
Knicks – 6-19 threes – 8:50 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
Close one at the half in NYC pic.twitter.com/VWnYc51wYG8:49 PM

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Celtics lead 58-54 at half with RJ Barrett (0) and Kemba Walker (4) combining for four points. – 8:49 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Halftime. Celtics lead the Knicks 58-54.
• Randle 22-3-2
• Fournier 9 pts
• Robinson 6 & 8
• Brown 25 pmts, 9-12 FGs, 4-5 3Ps
• Tatum 9 pts
Knicks shooting 43-32-67. – 8:49 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
It’s Boston 58-54 at the half. Randle has 22 points. Barrett 0. Jaylen Brown with 25. – 8:48 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Randle is the Knicks’ best Ju since Amar’e. – 8:47 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Big second quarter from Julius Randle, who now has 22 points.
Halftime: Celtics 58, Knicks 54 – 8:47 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
RJ Barrett did Tatum a favor with that foul. He not only got the dunk, he got to make a free throw … and then he steps up and hits the long J. OK, it was a long 2, which is normally bad, but any shot going in is important for him right now – 8:47 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Randle reminded me very much of Rick Barry when he went up for an 18-foot springer and passed for an assist underneath! – 8:45 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Good play by Tatum to get downhill. Jumper isn’t falling right now, so good to see him attack the basket. – 8:44 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
The non Jaylen-Romeo #Celtics are 7-for-26 FG. #Knicks8:43 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
And… we’re back baby!! Marcus Smart baits Julius Randle into an offensive foul. Gotta slow him down somehow! – 8:42 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
12-0 Knicks run. And the Knicks lead. – 8:42 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
*ESPN show Michael J. Fox at the Garden*
Mark Jackson: “Julius Randle is playing like Teen Wolf right now.” – 8:42 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Celtics haven’t scored for just shy of five minutes. 12-0 Knicks run – 8:41 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Jayson Tatum struggling to a 1-for-7 start. Brown has half of Boston’s points, while Randle has 20 as the Knicks have tied it at 50. – 8:41 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
10 straight misses for the Celtics during New York’s 12-0 run. – 8:41 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
12-0 run by the Knicks. Celtics haven’t scored in coming up on 5 minutes. – 8:41 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics working on five minutes without scoring – 8:41 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Jayson Tatum is missing a lot of open looks in this first half. He’s 1-for-7 from the field. – 8:40 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Well Julius Randle has 20 points with three minutes left in second quarter. He’s back in regular season form. (As opposed to playoffs, thank god.) – 8:40 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Tatum just launching threes trying to get going. He’s 1-for-7 FG so far. #Celtics #Knicks8:40 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Just about to tweet the #Celtics need Jaylen Brown back wit the lead cut to 2. He checks back in presumably to close the half. – 8:40 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Grant Williams is called for a foul after trying to possess the ball with his feet. – 8:39 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Dig up the old Daniel Theis seal play to get Tatum a layup or something. He needs something to fall – 8:38 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum usually doesn’t miss this many wide-open looks in the first half without coming back with a big second half. – 8:35 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Former Celtics legend David Lee here in attendance tonight. – 8:35 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Alec Burks hustle on defense has been at a 10 tonight! #CUBuffs8:35 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Grant is getting too into Randle’s body on defense. Randle wants that to back Grant down into the bucket. The Hawks had success by backing of Randle a little to invite him to take mid-rangers. – 8:34 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Grant Williams cannot defend Julius Randle. That has to change – 8:34 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Tatum is long on everything – 8:34 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Can’t remember the last time Tatum missed so many wide open threes. – 8:33 PM
Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA
Know the Knicks aren’t a great offensive team, but the Celtics look way more locked in defensively than they did last year. Their defense was a mess last season. – 8:32 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum working in the post to draw free throws? 😍😍😍 – 8:30 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
They’re putting Tatum back in the post the moment he comes back in. – 8:30 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Passes getting a little bit sloppy here. Actually a nice spot for Udoka to bring Tatum in for Brown. Get the fresh star in the game. – 8:30 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Romeo Langford has now hit more 3s in the last 16 days than in his entire career. – 8:30 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Romeo Langford was all alone inside, got the pass, and Mitchell Robinson recovered to get in front of him. And I’m not sure I’ve ever seen panic set in that quickly. – 8:29 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Celtics transition defense has been very solid tonight — an important development from past struggles. – 8:29 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
25 points for Jaylen Brown.
There’s almost 8 minutes to go in the first half. – 8:28 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Jaylen Brown is up to 25 points on 9-of-12 FG in 12 minutes. – 8:28 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
25 for Jaylen in 12 minutes and still 7:40 left in 2Q. #Celtics8:28 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
16-5 Celtics run, they lead 45-34.
22 for Jaylen Brown after 10 days of meditation.
Romeo Langford now 11-17 from 3 including the pre-season. – 8:27 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
The most surprising thing about Jaylen Brown’s jacuzzi-hot start tonight? He’s playing shorter stints and yet he’s still killin’ the Knicks defense. It’s a reminder that it’s not about minutes played, it’s what you do with them. – 8:27 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
Jaylen Brown. 20 points. 1 quarter. ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/R7SnYjHQgJ8:25 PM

Ian Begley @IanBegley
Making a late push for a spot on the NBA’s 75th anniversary team, Jaylen Brown has 22 points in 12 minutes vs. NYK so far. He’s hit eight of 11 shots. – 8:24 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
If Langford and Nesmith make the leaps it looks like they are going to make, do the Celtics have too many wings?
My column: – 8:24 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Romeo Langford hasn’t missed. – 8:24 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Maybe the most impressive thing about Jaylen doing what he’s doing is how much he’s handling the ball & creating. It wasn’t that long ago when Jaylen dribbling was an adventure. Now he’s up top running the offense. – 8:23 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
The Celtics wing position is suddenly looking very deep if Langford keeps this up. – 8:23 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
The Celtics have 12 assists on their first 17 buckets. They are 17 for 27 from the field, including 4 of 7 from deep. – 8:23 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown has been ridiculous to open this game, but don’t lose sight of how good Romeo Langford has been. That might be the bigger surprise. – 8:23 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Knicks have taken a bunch of suboptimal shots so far tonight. Lots of off-balance ones with time left on the shot clock. – 8:23 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Romeo developing a dependable 3-point shot could be very impactful for the #Celtics offensive arsenal. – 8:23 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Romeo Langford’s summer league/preseason confidence hasn’t gone away. – 8:23 PM
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
kind of understanding kyrie irving’s rationale for not getting the vaccine given jaylen brown’s play tonight – 8:22 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Oh c’mon Jaylen Brown. That’s just filthy. – 8:22 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics are on a 38-21 run since opening the game in a 8-0 hole. – 8:21 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Aggressive Romeo Langford has carried over from the preseason thus far. – 8:19 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Romeo Langford looks really confident so far on offense. He has a nice opportunity for more minutes with Josh Richardson out tonight. – 8:18 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Payton Pritchard (Masked PP) is in to start the second quarter for the Celtics. – 8:18 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Even with Al Horford out, no Enes Kanter yet for the Celtics. Ime Udoka has gone smaller off the bench so far. Used Grant Williams at center for a stretch, now has Robert Williams back in for his second stint. – 8:18 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
On top at the end of 1 ☘️ pic.twitter.com/0iLLADwWbc8:17 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Jaylen Brown starts the season with a 20-point first quarter at MSG.
Most points he’s ever had in a quarter:
– 21, 1st, 4/10/18 vs WAS
– 20, 1st, tonight vs NYK
– 20, 1st, 4/8/21 vs CHA
– 20, 3rd, 1/24/21 vs CLE – 8:17 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
There was a point in time where Jaylen Brown wasn’t confident enough in his handle that he kept his head down and regularly drove into the defense or into chargers.
Now, Brown strings together multiple-dribble moves to break ankles. That’s growing your game. – 8:16 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Brown drops 20 on 7-9 shooting. Boston shooting 62% overall 6-9 from 3. They have 9 assists on 13 buckets and they lead by 6, even after a tough stretch with a small bench unit. Now let’s see if Tatum gets going in the 2nd – 8:16 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
Not too late to hope on those 125/1 Jaylen Brown MVP odds – 8:15 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lead 35-29 after one
Brown – 20 points
Smart – 6 points
Celtics – 9 assists on 13 baskets
Celtics – 6-9 three-pointers
Randle – 11 points
Fournier – 7 points
Knicks – 4 offensive rebounds
Knicks – 5-12 three-pointers – 8:15 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Celtics 35, Knicks 29 after one. Jaylen Brown with 20 points in 8 minutes coming off COVID-19. – 8:15 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
More bunch scoring from Brown. Checks back in and scores six straight points over last 1:01 of the first for a 35-29 Celtics lead. So he has returned from quarantine with a 20-point, 7-9, three-trey first quarter. – 8:15 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Jaylen Brown is just coming back from COVID and has 20 points in the first quarter. I expect whichever member of the former first family still has a twitter account to tweet out his stat line as proof it’s not a serious problem. – 8:15 PM
Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Jaylen Brown on pace for an 80-point night as Knicks trail 35-29 after one in opener. – 8:15 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Talk about efficiency. Jaylen Brown has 20 points in just 8 minutes of court time. Whatever meditation Jaylen was doing when he was in isolation, Celtics fans are like … pic.twitter.com/vjXdvSxHr58:15 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Jaylen Brown blows by Obi Toppin and draws a foul, with the two free throws getting him up to 20 points in the first quarter. Outstanding start for him.
Boston leads 35-29. Celtics went 13-for-21 from the field and 6-for-9 from 3, while Julius Randle paced the Knicks with 11. – 8:14 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Through one quarter, the Celtics lead the Knicks 35-29.
• Randle 11 pts
• Robinson 4-5-2
• Fournier 7 pts
• Brown 20 pts, 7-9 FGs, 3-3 3Ps – 8:14 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Jaylen Brown with the casual 20 spot to start the season in the first quarter. Only needed eight minutes to do it too. – 8:14 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
20 points in 8:25 for Jaylen. He said he basically just meditated for the last 10 days, so. – 8:14 PM
David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
So Wild how good Jaylen Brown has gotten. – 8:14 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jaylen Brown kept saying during camp that he’s coming into the season feeling better than ever, which seemed farfetched since he just had wrist surgery in the spring. Well he had 20 points in the first quarter with barely any practice reps since he had COVID a week ago. – 8:14 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics lead #Knicks 35-29 after 1Q. Brown 20, Smart 6; Randle 11, Fournier 7. – 8:14 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Jaylen Brown told me this morning he was feeling better than ever when he tested positive for COVID-19. Looks like some of that has carried over. Jaylen leads all scorers in the first quarter with 20 points, 7/9 from the floor. – 8:13 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Obi Toppin definitely can’t defend Jaylen Brown off the bounce. – 8:13 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Knicks had no answer for Jaylen Brown in the first quarter. He had 20 points.
Celtics 35, Knicks 29. – 8:13 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jaylen Brown with 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting in the first quarter. Heck of a return for him so far after missing the final three preseason games with COVID-19. – 8:13 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Jaylen Brown has 20 in the first quarter. I’d say he’s doing just fine. – 8:13 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Jaylen Brown opening the season with 18 points so far in the 1st quarter. He’s doing everything – 8:12 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Jaylen Brown now up to 18 points in less than 10 minutes in the first quarter. – 8:12 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
18 points in eight minutes for Jaylen Brown. #Celtics #Knicks8:12 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Jaylen Brown is now up to 18 points on 7-of-9 FG in seven minutes. He’s 3-of-3 from deep. – 8:12 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
18 points for Jaylen Brown in the first quarter. What a start. – 8:11 PM
Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA
Jaylen got that mf on a string. Long way from rookie year. – 8:11 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Thibodeau was asked before the game if he hoped to ease up on Randle and Barrett’s minutes this season. He smiled and said, “They’re gonna play.” Randle finally comes out with 43 seconds left in the 1st quarter, so not all the minutes this season. – 8:11 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Eight assists on 11 made field goals so far for Celtics. Ime Udoka has to like ball movement early. – 8:09 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Randle going right at Grant and making it look easy. #Celtics need to get Horford back against physical forwards. #Knicks8:07 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Julius Randle. Still good. – 8:07 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
LaMelo’s jumper is looking really clean. And man is Romeo Langford fighting his absolute ass off defending Julius Randle and that’s fun. – 8:06 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Romeo Langford gets an open transition 3-pointer, doesn’t hesitate to shoot it, and makes it. He’s shown a better looking shot in the preseason; if he can become a solid threat from behind the arc, he could be a nice 3-and-D option off the bench for Boston. – 8:06 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Langford is defending his ass off against Julius Randle. And he just hit a triple. – 8:06 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
The Romer pull-up 3. Wow. #Celtics #Knicks8:05 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
This lineup, which now includes Aaron Nesmith in for Smart, is a bit small and it’s showing in a lack of rebounding, inability to defend the rolling big, and now Romeo getting bullied down low by Randle – 8:05 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Aaron Nesmith getting his first run. Eight of the first nine players to play for Boston tonight were first-round picks by the Celtics. – 8:04 PM
Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
What an opportunity for Jericho Simms. No Nerlens Noel, no Taj Gibson tonight for the Knicks. Watch this guy fly. – 8:04 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
No chance Thibs thought he’d ever play Jericho Sims in the first quarter of a game this season. – 8:02 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
No Gibson. No Noel. And hey, we’ve got a Jericho Sims alert. – 8:02 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
And we’ve got a Jericho Sims NBA debut with 3:51 left in the first quarter. – 8:01 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
this knicks offense feels aimless – 8:01 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Romeo Langford among the first two subs for the Celtics along with Dennis Schroder. Might have been Josh Richardson in that role with Schroder, but he was a late scratch with a migraine. Langford gets the call there instead. – 8:00 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
First subs in and the new lineup in Schröder, Smart, Romeo, Grant, and Tatum. – 8:00 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Celtics have six assists on their first nine makes, which is just what Ime Udoka was looking for. Ball movement has been good early on. – 8:00 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics go small with GWilliams at center. And pay for it with a Robinson rebound putback. #Knicks7:59 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics going small early with Grant Williams at center as first subs come in. – 7:59 PM
Jabari Young @JabariJYoung
At the Garden for #Knicks #Celtics … great to see fans back… this is amazing #NBA pic.twitter.com/IrVzc4OHXY7:59 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Romeo Langford and Dennis Schröder check in for Boston. Romeo picks up first foul within seconds of entering the game. – 7:59 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jaylen takes a break after his 14-point flurry. Schroder in. #Celtics7:58 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics backcourt has a combined 20 points to begin the game against the team’s former backcourt. – 7:58 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Seeing a repeat of the preseason opponent strategy, as most of the Knicks’ offense so far has been to draw switches for a ball handler tool go at a Williams. It’s kinda working but the Celtics guys are holding up all right so far. – 7:58 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
5 assists on the first 8 hoops for the Celtics. Ime Udoka has preached ball and player movement from his introductory presser. The preseason had some turnovers, but the players look bought into the concepts Udoka has installed. – 7:57 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
Jaylen comin’ out HOT 🔥 pic.twitter.com/0Tc4v9D9q07:57 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
As someone who believed in Jaylen Brown from the moment he was drafted, this is just great to see! – 7:56 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Little wrinkle: Boston is getting Tatum touches on off-ball actions where he’s on the move. No straight ISO or PnR plays yet. And Tatum’s letting the game come to him. – 7:56 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Marcus Smart is 2-3 from 3. Two of those attempts were corner 3’s and the 3rd was just above the break. – 7:55 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
JB through the lane and through contact 💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/7mhsnblOba7:55 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Celtics have made 8 shots in a row, including 5 threes. – 7:55 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
This is not a Thibodeau game. Points and pace.
Celtics 22, Knicks 18 after six minutes.
Jaylen Brown has 14 points. – 7:55 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics just scored 22 points in under four minutes. – 7:55 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
#Celtics have 22 points in the first 6 min. Brown has 14 on 5-for-6 FG. #Knicks7:55 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
I would say Thibodeau is unhappy with the Knicks defense to start this game, but that would imply he was once happy. – 7:55 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Celtics just scored 22 points in 3:43. – 7:55 PM
Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA
I’ve got Knicks/Celtics on the TV and Bulls/Pistons on the computer. – 7:54 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Jaylen Brown looks terrific for a guy who wasn’t certain to play until today. Already with 14 points in 5+ minutes. – 7:54 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Jaylen Brown with 14 points to answer the Knicks and take a lead. He’s hitting 3’s and getting it in transition. 17-13 Celtics – 7:54 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
That’s now 14 consecutive points for Jaylen Brown. Terrific start for him in this game – and only after one practice after coming out of the COVID-19 protocols Tuesday. – 7:54 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Jaylen Brown has 14 points midway through the first quarter, so whatever Evan Fournier saw in practice last year didn’t work. – 7:54 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
14 points already for Jaylen Brown. Looks like he’s fine. – 7:53 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Jaylen Brown, back from COVID quarantine, scores 13 of the Celtics’ first 17 points over the first five minutes. Sheesh. – 7:53 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Fournier in the corner. Hard closeout. And instead of taking a contested shot or kicking back out, Fournier attack the closeout and get a layup. An element the Knicks didn’t have to the same degree last year. – 7:53 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Jaylen Brown with eight points already getting the Celtics back into the game. – 7:53 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jaylen has 11 in 4 1/2 minutes. #Celtics7:53 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Jaylen Brown has scored six points in 20 seconds – 7:52 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
jaylen brown: still good – 7:52 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Guess Evan Fournier didn’t see the league memo about the rule changes – 7:52 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
So for the @Celtics, it’s been the Jaylen Brown show thus far. He has 8 pts, including a 3-point play to tie the game at 11. – 7:52 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Oh man. Jaylen Brown rose up and over Evan Fournier for that one like Fournier wasn’t even there. – 7:52 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Can’t get that call Fournier was trying for anymore – 7:52 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jaylen with an And-1 and he looks in vintage form. #Celtics7:52 PM
David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
Celtics switching 1-5 early in this one. – 7:52 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
So Jaylen looks fine. – 7:52 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Not sure if anyone else noted this yet, but all five Celtics starters were first-round draft picks made by Danny Ainge. – 7:51 PM
Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA
Randle has a reputation for being a relentless worker. It shows in how much his game has improved the last couple of years. – 7:50 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
Oof. Rough start for the #Celtics. That’s all I have to say right now. – 7:50 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
I guess Julius Randle is still hitting 3s – 7:50 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
an early difference between Grant Williams vs. Al Horford is that Julius Randle feels comfortable shooting over the top of Grant. Two 3’s by Randle over Grant already as NYK opens on an 8-0 run – 7:50 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Tatum front-rimming a technical free throw illustrates Celtics flatness pretty well. – 7:50 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Knicks pitching an 8-0 shutout against Boston with two 3s from Randle. Crowd really into this team. – 7:49 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
If Julius Randle doesn’t miss a shot this season – he might win Most Improved Player again – 7:49 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Julius Randle with a pair of 3’s early and #Knicks are up 8-0. #Celtics7:49 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
After a Randle 3 and a Robinson slam, Walker draws a foul with a stop and start that the Knicks didn’t see from their starting point guard during the regular season last year. – 7:48 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
the knicks opening the season with a julius randle step-back three is poetic – 7:47 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Loud cheers from the MSG crowd when Kemba Walker is introduced ahead of Knicks-Celtics: pic.twitter.com/xzNHDzQ8oI7:47 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Marcus Smart starts off guarding Kemba Walker. No surprise, there. – 7:47 PM
Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA
Kemba is a great dude. All those responses from the Celtics were genuine – 7:46 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I love how happy all of the Celtics were to see Kemba Walker. It didn’t go as anyone wanted, but Walker was a beloved teammate. – 7:46 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Kemba Walker is out there greeting each Celtics starter at mid-court. – 7:46 PM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Kemba is just a jovial dude – 7:46 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
In honor of the @Celtics doing a daily countdown of the days until the season opener, we bring you…
Minutes until tipoff: pic.twitter.com/z5JG77Wdqe7:46 PM
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
kemba walker’s entire mic’d up is him yelling “ahhhh!” and then hugging somebody – 7:46 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
The Knicks starting lineup intros. A loud welcome to Kemba. pic.twitter.com/V2a5nzJIcS7:46 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Kemba Walker gets introduced for his first game as a Knick and walks out with his arms crossed in an X, representing The Bronx.
As he gets set to face his former team, why the combination of fit and expectations adds up to a perfect situation for him. espn.com/nba/story/_/id…7:45 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Kemba Walker’s introduction receives a roar from the MSG crowd: pic.twitter.com/SGsQhT8gcW7:44 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Biggest ovations at introductions: Kemba Walker, Derrick Rose, Julius Randle. – 7:44 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Official starting five for the @Celtics tonight vs @New York Knicks:
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Jayson Tatum
Robert Williams III
Grant Williams – 7:41 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Knicks-Celtics used to really, REALLY be a thing. It would be fun if that happened again. @Tony Jones7:41 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
grant williams was the last celtic introduced, so presumably he is the captain now. look at him. – 7:41 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
This crowd is jacked up. Salute to Madison Square Garden, a heck of a place to watch a game, especially when the Knicks are good. – 7:39 PM
Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Julius Randle to crowd before tipoff: “Knicks fans, we here. We’ll give you our hardest every night. That’s what you deserve. We got the best fans in the world.” – 7:30 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Julius Randle addresses the crowd before tip-off: “We promise this season to ball out every night…We know that’s what you guys deserve…We got the best fans in the world.” – 7:29 PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Celtics vs Knicks
Nuggets vs Suns
Day 2 of the NBA season is going down! 🔥🥳 pic.twitter.com/BMenI7VySo7:28 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Two Biggest differences on Manhattan streets between pre-pandemic and now:
1. Powerful scent of good weed. Everywhere.
2. Lots, lots more Knicks jerseys, hats, shirts, jackets, etc. – 7:26 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics-Knicks on ESPN. Are we thinking a 7:45 tip? Earlier? Later? – 7:23 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
Coach Udoka explains how Grant Williams earned himself a spot in our Opening-Night starting lineup. nba.com/celtics/news/p…7:21 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Grant Williams just gave Kemba Walker a massive bear hug during warmups. This has been your latest Kemba-seeing-friends update. – 7:19 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Enes Kanter is one NBA player unafraid to criticize China. He met this week w/ Students for a Free Tibet in Queens:
“I’m here to add my voice and speak about what is happening in Tibet under the Chinese government’s brutal rule. Tibetan people’s basic rights are nonexistent.” – 7:16 PM
Enes Kanter @EnesKanter
More than 150 Tibetan people have burned themselves alive!! — hoping that such an act would raise more awareness about Tibet.
I stand with my Tibetan brothers and sisters, and I support their calls for Freedom.
#FreeTibet
#FreedomShoes pic.twitter.com/MKxfs1l7GA7:14 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Among the celebs in attendance for the Knicks opener at MSG tonight: Jon Stewart, Michael J. Fox, Q-Tip, Tracy Morgan, Dustin Hoffman and former Knicks Bernard King, Latrell Sprewell and David Lee. – 7:09 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Can’t wait til Jayson Tatum wins the MVP this season. … – 7:02 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics at Knicks – Madison Square Garden – October 20, 2021 – Opening Night Starters
Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, G. Williams, R. Williams
New York – Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson
OUT: Boston: Richardson, Horford NY: Noel, Gibson pic.twitter.com/RWGb5IyP4R7:00 PM

Marc D’Amico @celtics
Opening night Starting 5️⃣ pic.twitter.com/Zh7SG8pUuK6:57 PM

Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
The Knicks host the Celtics on national TV in one of the night’s most attractive matchups. Madison Square Garden should be rocking, but injury concerns could derail NYK. Taj Gibson now joining Nerlens Noel in sitting out. I’m taking the points @WagerTalk on tonight’s #NBA card pic.twitter.com/D230NizYyL6:57 PM
Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
#Knicks may need rookie Jericho Sims in opener with Taj Gibson out for “good personal reasons” nypost.com/2021/10/20/kni…6:51 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Source confirms that Taj Gibson was out of action tonight for the birth of his child. – 6:51 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Knicks and Nets are both represented in second group of players named to the NBA’s 75th anniversary team. Twenty five players were named on Tuesday. Twenty five players were named tonight. The remaining 25 players will be named tomorrow: pic.twitter.com/qz0BhLXqc46:49 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Mask or no mask, @Celtics Payton Pritchard’s shot still looks good. pic.twitter.com/jT19a33OnW6:43 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Ime Udoka makes his Celtics’ coaching debut head to head against a Red Sox playoff game.
Brad Stevens made his head to head against the decisive Game 6 of the 2013 World Series.
Doc Rivers’ first pre-season games with the Celtics were during the 2004 ALCS and World Series. – 6:41 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
The @Celtics @Grant Williams getting in some pre-game prepwork before tonight’s opener. C’s coach Ime Udoka said Grant will start tonight. pic.twitter.com/P50oMpstrg6:40 PM

Marc D’Amico @celtics
At the end of the day, we’re family ☘️🤝 pic.twitter.com/cSY0ZdN00b6:37 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
In good injury news for the Celtics for a change:
Jaylen Brown has been officially upgraded to available to play tonight at the Knicks. – 6:36 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
#NEBHInjuryReport Update:
Jaylen Brown – AVAILABLE – 6:36 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Tom Thibodeau called Kemba Walker “a breath of fresh air “ because of his upbeat demeanor. – 6:26 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Jaylen Nowell and Jordan McLaughlin are game-time decisions tonight, according to Chris Finch.
They both were just working out on the floor, seeming to move fine.
No Patrick Beverley tonight (suspension), so Nowell and McLaughlin represent a big part of the guard depth. – 6:24 PM
Christopher Hine @ChristopherHine
Chris Finch said Jaylen Nowell (back) and Jordan McLaughlin (groin) are game-time decisions tonight. – 6:24 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Yes, this old chestnut.
After a decade (1991-2001) in which the Celtics lost 19 of 21 games in New York, it’s been the friendliest of road confines in the two decades since, a better record for the C’s here than the Garden of their own… pic.twitter.com/YfmMP6Y4xm6:22 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
For those asking – yes J Randle is braided up pic.twitter.com/l94YZMyDQk6:17 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Ime Udoka confirms @Jaylen Brown is playing tonight for the #Celtics, although his stints are likely to be shorter. Also, Josh Richardson (migraine) is out. – 6:09 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Asked if he will attempt to limit Randle and Barrett’s minutes this season, Thibs just smiled and said:
“They’re gonna play. I guarantee you that.” – 6:02 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said Josh Richardson wasn’t feeling well at shootaround and his migraine got worse as the day went along. He’s at the team hotel.
Jaylen Brown may have his minutes monitored, but Udoka said Brown is “good to go”. – 6:01 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Celtics coach Ime Udoka says Josh Richardson is out due to a migraine headache, which developed after shoot around – 6:00 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said Jaylen Brown will play tonight. He could be monitored for minutes, but he’s good to go. – 6:00 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
Word to the wise… don’t count us out.
#BleedGreen | @617MikeBiv pic.twitter.com/CjUGX42aYf6:00 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Josh Richardson will be out for tonight with a migraine headache. It got worse as the day went along. – 5:59 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Robert Williams vs Mitchell Robinson might be about as athletic a center matchup as there can be in the NBA right now. There might be some incredible highlights tonight from those two. – 5:58 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Wrote some about Knicks using ObiToppin at 5 in The Week That Was. Sounds like we may see more of it tonight …
theathletic.com/2897288/2021/1…5:58 PM
Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
With Taj Gibson out for personal reasons, Tom Thibodeau said he could take a look at rookie center Jericho Sims. Also has the Obi Toppin-Julius Randle option. Sims was benched the final six quarters of preseason. – 5:57 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Tom Thibodeau’s full answer on how conscious he is on opening night that Barrett and Randle led the NBA in minutes last year:
[laughs]
“They’re gonna play. I’ll assure you of that.” – 5:55 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Tom Thibodeau, when asked if Julius Randle and RJ Barrett playing the most minutes in the league last year is something he’s focused on changing going into this season. “They’re gonna play.” Followed by a very big smile. – 5:55 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Tom Thibodeau on Kemba Walker: “He’s like a breath of fresh air.” – 5:53 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Tom Thibodeau on Kemba: He’s been terrific, he’s like a breath of fresh air – 5:52 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters tonight:
Robert Williams
Grant Williams
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Knicks starters:
Mitchell Robinson
Julius Randle
RJ Barrett
Evan Fournier
Kemba Walker – 5:48 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Thibs says Taj Gibson is out with “good personal reasons” with a smile – which is good news – 5:47 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Mitchell Robinson starting at center. Taj is out for personal reasons. Nerlens also out. pic.twitter.com/3aWkN54oUe5:47 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Will be interesting to see how Thibodeau handles no Gibson or Noel. Jericho Sims minutes? Small ball with Randle at the 5? – 5:47 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Tom Thibodeau: “A guy like Grant Williams I don’t underestimate. I know how good he is.” – 5:46 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Tom Thibodeau says Mitchell Robinson will start at center, as you’d expect given the NYK injuries. No Taj Gibson (personal reasons) and Nerlens Noel (foot) tonight vs. BOS. – 5:46 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Tom Thibodeau on Jayson Tatum:
“Prolific scorer” – 5:46 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Taj Gibson and Nerlens Noel will miss tonight’s game for the Knicks, Tom Thibodeau says. Mitchell Robinson will start opposite Robert Williams at center — pretty intriguing matchup. – 5:46 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Knicks starters:
Kemba Walker
Evan Fournier
RJ Barrett
Julius Randle
Mitchell Robinson – 5:45 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Knicks are going to be shorthanded up front tonight against Boston, as both Taj Gibson and Nerlens Noel are out. – 5:45 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Taj Gibson (personal) and Nerlens Noel (sore left knee) both out for Knicks tonight, team says. – 5:44 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Knicks announce Taj Gibson (personal reasons) and Nerlens Noel (sore left knee) have been ruled out for tonight’s game. – 5:43 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Knicks announce no Taj or Nerlens. – 5:43 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Knicks say Taj Gibson (personal reasons) and Nerlens Noel (sore left knee) are out for tonight’s game. – 5:43 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Knicks say Taj Gibson (personal reasons) and Nerlens Noel (sore left knee) are out for tonight’s game. – 5:43 PM
New York Knicks PR @NY_KnicksPR
Taj Gibson (personal reasons) and Nerlens Noel (sore left knee) are out for tonight’s game. – 5:42 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Blue Knicks 75th anniversary t-shirts and light-up wristbands on every seat inside the sold out Garden tonight pic.twitter.com/hPf0kP6D2z5:34 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Knicks neophytes getting some shots up ahead of their first game at MSG pic.twitter.com/4bodBo7fkQ5:32 PM

Marc D’Amico @celtics
Rob Williams gives an update on his knee, and shares his thoughts on tonight’s showdown with a familiar face. pic.twitter.com/ePFYwgOOhK5:29 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Per the Celticvs: Josh Richardson is out with a migraine. – 5:18 PM
John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Josh Richardson is out tonight with a migraine – 5:17 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Josh Richardson is out tonight with a migraine, per the Celtics. – 5:13 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Jaylen Brown jumps back into action bostonherald.com/2021/10/20/102…5:12 PM
Abby Chin @tvabby
We will have to wait a little longer to see Josh Richardson make his debut for the #Celtics.
Team says he is out tonight with a migraine. – 5:11 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
#NEBHInjuryReport update:
Josh Richardson (migraine) – OUT – 5:10 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Josh Richardson is OUT tonight with a migraine #Celtics5:10 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics announce Josh Richardson is a late scratch for opener due to a migrane. – 5:10 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Josh Richardson is OUT for the Celtics tonight due to a migraine. – 5:10 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Celtics say Josh Richardson is out vs. Knicks due to a migraine. – 5:10 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Payton Pritchard (Masked PP) is on the floor going through his pregame routine pic.twitter.com/IqIIKFGH715:04 PM

Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Two-way players Sam Hauser and Brodric Thomas on the floor going through a workout, while Bruno Fernando gets ready to begin his pregame routine at the other end: pic.twitter.com/bOxAVMN4SX4:43 PM
Evan Dunlap @BQRMagic
did the Knicks delete the DUNE graphic lmfao – 4:14 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Live at 4 PM, @CPTheFanchise of @KnicksFanTV & @Ryan McDonough of @AudacySports join The Putback to talk NYK-BOS & the upcoming season. Show will be on all @SNYtv social media channels. YouTube link here: youtu.be/8pZDZzbdeAU4:00 PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
The @New York Knicks will apparently be known as the New York “Icnicics” going forward 😂
➡️ yhoo.it/3E5EQIp pic.twitter.com/ZdjvZQIJHM3:53 PM

Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Taking you #Knicks calls NOW on @BartAndHahn @ESPNRadio. Hit us up 1-888-SAY-ESPN. 888-729-3776. – 2:25 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Brandon Boston Jr. thinks he’s a *vet already, Ty Lue says, semi-joking, I think. – 2:17 PM
Marc D’Amico @celtics
Patiently waiting for 7:30… pic.twitter.com/Zu83TFsFeN2:09 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 1962, Hall of Famer John Havilcek had six points and four assists in his NBA debut with the @Marc D’Amico.
Havlicek is the franchise’s all-time leader in GP, MIN, FGM, FGA, and PTS; ranks second in FTM, FTA, and AST; and ranks third in triple-doubles. pic.twitter.com/ik1b9D72vF2:01 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
You all make fun of the font on the Knicks poster but several “IC”‘s in the lettering is actually an intentional homage to “ICE.” pic.twitter.com/0zMoOPoFoo1:57 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
The Celtics play a real game tonight, guys. – 1:51 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Jaylen Brown talks about dealing with COVID and working his way back into the #Celtics lineup. pic.twitter.com/3B2g4gMxjG1:38 PM

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