Billy’s stealing minutes

Kyle O’Quinn earned the start at center with his efficient scoring, but he was outplayed by Willy Hernangomez on Wednesday. The rookie tied a career-high with 17 points and led the team with 11 rebounds in 20 minutes. O’Quinn finished with only 10 minutes.

Per, Celtics players made just 4 of 11 attempts at the rim while being defended by Hernangomez. Marshall Plumlee, was just as impressive contesting 9 shots at the rim with Boston making only three.

Plumlee played 20 minutes grabbed seven boards and had six screen assists (a stat typically dominated by Noah).

The Knicks dominated the rebound margin 57-33 due in large part to Hernangomez. Eighteen of those rebounds were on the offensive side (Hernangomez and Plumlee combined for 7 of those) which led to 24-second chance points.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.