Ah, the playoffs. New York will make its return to the postseason for the first time since 2004 this weekend, against Boston. Privately, the Celtics wanted this matchup. They are hoping the Knicks anemic defense will give their equally anemic offense a jolt and the intensity of a New York-Boston series will stir the competitive juices that have been dormant since the Kendrick Perkins trade in February.This is a great read from Mannix, and equally fair view point from a guy who went to Boston College. I'm assuming that he's fond of the Celtics. We know Bill Simmons is, which is why he's so likable in today's media. He's honest about being a fan, like there's something wrong with covering sports with rooting interests. You get in the business BECAUSE you're a fan.
The Knicks want it, too. They have lost three straight to the Celtics -- the series finale is an utterly meaningless JV game the two teams will play Wednesday night in Boston -- but two have been by four points or less and the third, a 10-point loss last month, was a game New York dominated for three quarters before choking the game away in the fourth.
"Right now we are playing with a lot more confidence," Anthony said. "That winning streak came at a great time going into the playoffs."
The point is that this Knicks team is hard to predict, yet I believe the Kendrick Perkins trade was a huge loss, and can turn epic, but they still have Garnett and Paul Pierce. They have Rondo who was off the charts good in last year's playoffs. He may have been playoff MVP if Perkins doesn't get hurt game 6.
We realize that if the Knicks don't defend and miss a ton of jump shots this could be a sweep.
I think in the end the Knicks will win a few games and have a chance to take hold of the series, but will fall a bit short.
But they're in the tournament, and that means they have as good of a chance as any. If we know one thing about Melo, Amar'e and even Billups.
They've won a lot of playoff games already.
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