Eastern Notes: Knicks, Celtics, Cavs, Pistons

Knicks guard/forward RJ Barrett didn’t even get to see his buzzer-beating banked 3-pointer that beat the Celtics go through the hoop.RJ Barrett Marcus Smart

“Honestly, I didn’t even see it because I fell,” Barrett said. “I didn’t see it go in, but just by everyone else’s reaction I could tell. So that was cool.”

Barrett finished with just 13 points. But his final shot helped the Knicks erase a 24-point deficit and listless performance in the first half.

“Resilience. It was special for our team,” said Knicks forward Julius Randle said. “We kept battling. We obviously didn’t want to get in a hole, but we found a way to win the game.”


Meanwhile, Celtics coach Ime Udoka had no easy answers for the loss.

“It wasn’t about the last play again. It was everything leading up to it,” he said. “We need some leadership. Somebody that can calm us down and not get rattled when everything starts to go a little south. I think it snowballs between our guys.”

Boston has now lost three straight at Madison Square Garden.



Coach Dwane Casey indicated the Pistons need to start doing a better job of displaying a more determined approach following Thursday’s 30-point loss to the surging Grizzlies.

“Our fuel meter was down. Our energy was down from top to bottom. Guys coming off the bench; guys starting,” he said. “It really showed in our shooting. Everything was short, Again, we’ve got to be a team that faces adversity. … Understanding that every night you come out, you’re going to have a gunslinging.”

The Pistons have dropped two in a row after back-to-back wins over the Spurs and defending champion Bucks.

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