The Boston Celtics were certainly looking to rebound from Wednesday's loss to the Washington Wizards, and they did exactly that tonight against the New York Knicks. Thanks to a Carmelo Anthony ejection in the 2nd quarter, the Celtics cruised to a solid victory, 115-87. Knicks' coach Jeff Hornacek was hardly prepared for the loss of Anthony.

The positives

Simply, Marcus Smart was the biggest positive. After Smart temporarily lost his starting role to Jaylen Brown last game, he found starting minutes tonight and made the best of them. Brad Stevens proved his worth tonight by opting for Smart over Brown, as the rookie Brown has struggled to find his footing in the league so far.

Marcus Smart was pivotal on offense, totaling 12 points and 10 assists to compliment Isiah Thomas and his 29 points. Runner-up for the best positive is the comeback from Kelly Olynyk, who scored 19 points against the Knicks, a stark contrast from his 2 point performance after making his season debut against the Wizards on Wednesday. Olynyk helped fill the gap of key missing players such as Al Horford and Jae Crowder.

The negatives

Jaylen Brown has looked absolutely horrendous in his last two games. Playing minimal defense against Otto Porter Jr. and the Wizards last game, Brown came off the bench to replace Smart around the end of the 1st quarter. Brown missed 4/4 free-throw attempts in the 1st half, which is unacceptable for any Celtics player.

Eventually Brown would tally 10 points off the bench, but Boston needs a lot more production from this young player. Another negative was a particular sequence in the 2nd quarter. The Celtics ended up giving away 5 consecutive offensive rebounds for the Knicks.

Rebounding has been an early issue for the Celtics, but be prepared for coach Brad Stevens to remedy the situation somehow because he's a diabolical genius.

The Celtics led the Knicks 61-51 going into the half but that shouldn't overshadow how they came out in the 3rd quarter, as they made plenty of sloppy turnovers that never penalized the Celtics, but against a better team, those turnovers would have proved more costly.

The Celtics never looked to be in any real danger of losing this game, thanks to Carmelo Anthony being ejected after arguing just a little too much to the officials.

The Celtics and the Knicks play each other again on Christmas Day, which is undoubtedly going to be a climatic game full of hot tempers.

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