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Tyson Chandler plays, but he's rusty

Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics draws a

Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics draws a foul against Tyson Chandler of the Knicks during the third quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 20, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Tyson Chandler was in an unfamiliar position at the end of the game because he was ineffective for most of it.

Chandler, who missed 15 of the Knicks' previous 19 games with a bulging disc in his neck, didn't play in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' 85-78 win over the Celtics on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round series. He was rusty and winded after hardly playing or practicing during the last month, going scoreless with five rebounds in 20:25, but said his neck was fine.

"I knew I would be rusty," Chandler said. "I knew I would be a little winded. I knew at some point my legs would get the best of me. I just wanted to be out there with my team, try to do some things defensively and get some guys open on the pick-and-roll. I felt great. I think more so it's just my conditioning. I should obviously be much better in Game 2."

Chandler didn't move nearly as well as Kenyon Martin, who had 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks off the bench. Mike Woodson stuck with Martin -- who missed seven of the Knicks' last eight regular-season games with knee and ankle injuries -- for the entire fourth quarter.

"Coach has got a feel for the game," Chandler said. "The way Kenyon was playing, he didn't deserve to come out, and in playoff basketball, you've got to ride with what's going well."


Anthony scolds fans

Carmelo Anthony said Knicks fans shouldn't have booed Paul Pierce when he addressed the crowd to talk about what happened in Boston this past week. Anthony spoke before Pierce, who was booed before some fans shushed others to get them to stop. "I don't think that was the right thing to do, boo somebody like that," Anthony said. "I don't think whoever booed him should have booed him, not in a situation like that."


No pointDoc Rivers said one of his biggest concerns was being without All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, who tore his ACL in January. His fears played out right in front of him as Avery Bradley showed he's not a point guard.

Several of Bradley's entry passes were stolen, and he finished with four of the Celtics' 20 turnovers. The Knicks recorded 15 steals, seven in the fourth.

"I never went into a [playoff] game without a point guard on the team," Rivers said. "We don't have a point guard. Everyone is going to pressure us . . . First of all, nobody pressures Rondo. Secondly, he can figure it out and run our stuff. We don't have that. "


Prigioni's prognosis

Woodson said Pablo Prigioni, who missed Saturday's game with a sprained ankle, could return for Game 2 Tuesday.

"He's coming along nicely," he said. "He's running around. If I had to play him, I probably could play him, but I'm just going to give him a few more days to make sure that he's ready."

Prigioni got hurt in Wednesday night's regular-season finale. Chris Copeland started in his place and was scoreless in 12:46.


Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was booed as loudly as any Celtic when he was shown on the scoreboard. Sanchez laughed and waved a Knicks hat, but the boos didn't stop . . . Prigioni and Amar'e Stoudemire (right knee surgery) were inactive. But there was a rare sight as Stoudemire was in a suit and sat on the Knicks' bench . . . Marcus Camby, who didn't play the last 11 games, was available but didn't play . . . The Knicks wore T-shirts before the game that said "Playing for Now." . . . Jason Kidd appeared in the playoffs for the 17th straight year, second behind Karl Malone and John Stockton (19 straight).

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