The Celtics return to the TD Garden on Friday night for their first game since the Boston Marathon bombings.
The Celtics are hoping the home crowd can turn the tide in their series against the Knicks.
“He’s good. He’s good to go,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said of Garnett during a conference call with reporters. “He’ll practice tomorrow, and he’ll play on Friday.”
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen this sort of thing, so I’ll explain…
Barring any terrible injuries, if the Knicks win Game 2 they should win the series. They are the better team and I can’t see the Celtics beating the Knicks four out of five games and winning the series.
The response from the Knicks is basically: Go ahead. “They’re going to come back but we’ve got to worry about ourselves,” Carmelo Anthony said.
The Knicks will begin their most important playoff run in more than a decade on Saturday against the team that has been the class of the Eastern Conference since 2007.
In fact, I think it’s exactly what the Knicks need in order to challenge the Heat for the title.
Tuesday’s game could be a preview of a potential first-round series in the Eastern Conference playoffs. New York (42-26) currently occupies the third spot while Boston (36-33) is 6 1/2 games behind, but has lost four games in a row.
The Rangers-Bruins rivalry is coming back to life. After meeting twice in the first three games of the regular season, there will be one more meeting before the postseason.
MSG employees were instructed to record every word that came out of Anthony’s mouth — both while on the court and on the bench — according to Dave D’Alessandro. Once the game was over, the audio was delivered to the CEO’s desk.
The Knicks’ defense has been getting worse by the week, and Mike Woodson isn’t helping things. If the switching continues, the Knicks will find themselves giving up 100 points or more in many games the rest of the season.
Garnett baited Anthony like no one else in the league can, and Melo responded by biting down on the hook like an untested rookie who forgot he was playing in the NBA and not on some playground in Baltimore.
Anthony didn’t just lose Monday’s heated game against Boston. He lost his cool, and the league could penalize the Knicks’ leading scorer for his postgame antics.
It wasn’t a Merry Christmas for the Nets who were dominated by the Celtics 93-76.