When: 7:00 PM
Where: Madison Square Garden
Network: MSG or TNT
Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)
Celtics (#7 Seed, 41-40)
PG: Avery Bradley
SG: Paul Pierce
PF: Brandon Bass
C: Kevin Garnett
Knicks (#2 Seed, 54-28)
PG: Raymond Felton
SG: Pablo Prigioni
SF: Iman Shumpert
PF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Tyson Chandler
“The guy was mouthing off before the game,” Kenyon Martin said. “He told me, ‘You’re not dancing at my funeral today.’’’
“We’re ending it Wednesday,” Martin said.
He even made it a point to tell teammates what to wear when the Knicks look to win this series in five, then get ready for the winner of Indiana-Atlanta.
“Wear black,” he said. “Funeral colors.’’
The above quotes come from a Mitch Lawrence article that was in the NY Daily News in the aftermath of the tough Game Four loss for the Knicks this past Sunday.
It's time to wear black, get some flowers and spend the next three hours or so watching at the Garden or on TV as the Knicks honor the memory of the 2012-2013 Boston Celtics.
With everything for the Celtics seeming to be in their favor on Sunday, Melo's shot being off, J.R. suspended, at home, leading by 20, they still needed overtime to beat the Knicks.
And so we are here for a Game Five where it is time for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green plus the flopping and vastly overrated Jason Terry to receive their last rites.
The Celtics did a great job holding off the Knicks down the stretch and into overtime on Sunday to get the win. It was a nice effort in front of the home crowd to avoid being swept.
But, play time is over and things should be much different as the series returns to the World's Most Famous Arena.
Melo wont miss 25 shots, J.R. Smith is not suspended and Raymond Felton is still the best point guard on the floor no matter who or what the Celtics put out there against him.
The Knicks have not clinched a playoff series at home since they won the Eastern Conference Title in 1999 over the Pacers in Game 6.
Tonight that fact should change.
Enjoy the Game!
Five Questions About Tonight's Game
- Can Melo get his shot back on track?
- How fired up will J.R. Smith be?
- Can the Celtics withstand the expected Knicks opening rush?
- Will Raymond Felton's good play continue?
- Can the Knicks finish the Celtics off once and for all?