Preview: Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks – Projected Lineup and Injury Updates TD Garden will be the venue for the upcoming face-off between the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks, scheduled for 7:30 pm (ET).
In this preseason, the Boston Celtics have shown promise with a 2-1 record, securing two victories against the Philadelphia 76ers. Their lone defeat came at the hands of the New York Knicks, the team they are set to face on Tuesday night. The question arises: can the Celtics improve to 3-1 by outperforming the Knicks, or will the Knicks claim their second preseason win against Boston? Dive into our lineup forecasts, injury report, and more.
Will the Boston Celtics opt for significant changes in their starting lineup, akin to their strategy in the sole preseason loss to the Knicks?
While the Celtics exhibited strength in their two wins against the Sixers, the starting lineup that faced the Knicks during their loss saw several regular starters rested. Many had anticipated a more formidable lineup for that game, but Payton Pritchard, Dalano Banton, Sam Hauser, Oshae Brissett, and Luke Kornet made up the starting five.
The game concluded with a score of Celtics 107, Knicks 114. Despite the loss, the Celtics found several positives, especially considering the Knicks played with their full-strength starting five. Will the Celtics continue to shuffle their starting lineup, or can we anticipate the return of key players? Will the Knicks maintain their full-strength starting five for a third consecutive preseason match?
Expectations are high for some of the marquee players to return to the lineup, but one under-the-radar standout who could earn a starting role is Pritchard. His outstanding preseason performance has exceeded expectations and silenced critics who doubted his abilities after his contract extension. While Jrue Holiday is undoubtedly deserving of a starting spot on Tuesday, the competition between him and Pritchard is not set in stone. It remains a challenging decision for coach Joe Mazzulla, but for this occasion, it is likely that Holiday will be the starting choice due to the need for chemistry building within the team. Pritchard will still be expected to make a significant impact off the bench.
“I cleared my mind this summer, I love this organization and I love the city of Boston. This is my home.”
– Payton Pritchard pic.twitter.com/Ynn69P73Cg
— Celtics Junkies (@Celtics_Junkies) October 9, 2023
Banton had a chance to start at shooting guard in the first preseason matchup against the Knicks, and his 20-point performance on 8-19 shooting from the field demonstrated his potential. Will Mazzulla grant him another starting opportunity, or will Banton continue to make his impact coming off the bench? It seems more likely to be the latter. Derrick White’s impressive display against the 76ers, both defensively and offensively, suggests that he will likely start ahead of Banton in the game against the Knicks.
In my opinion, White should be a regular starter once the regular season commences, and these preseason games serve as his platform to prove his case for that role.
Speaking of scoring, Svi Mykhailiuk has been incredibly consistent when shooting the ball during his two preseason appearances.
Svi vs. Knicks: 15 points, 5-9 from the field (55.6%), and 3-7 from beyond the arc (42.9%)
Svi vs. 76ers: 15 points, 5-6 from the field (83.3%), and 3-4 from beyond the arc (75.0%)
With his shooting being at an elite level through the last two preseason games, does Mykhailiuk deserve a start against the Knicks? I think so. Will Mazzulla give him a starting role? Again, I don’t think so. If Jaylen Brown is available, then his name will be one of the first added to the lineup, but I expect Hauser to make a return to the lineup to build some momentum and form for the opening day tipoff.
In the Celtics’ most recent win against the 76ers, Hauser was one of our best performers as he put up 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, and shot 4-9 from beyond the arc (44.4%). Although Hauser had a shakey start to his preseason outings, his confidence will be high after his performance on Wednesday night. Does it warrant a start against the Knicks? I think so.