For the last seven years, Knicks fans have patiently awaited the playoffs. It’s the chance for a team to mean something to a city, to bring joy to their faithful supporters, and to bring the franchise out of mediocrity. Tonight, the Knicks will get that opportunity.
The above commercial references a game played earlier in the season but still holds the same meaning today. The Knicks and Celtics have a rivalry brewing, and this series, depending on how long it is fought, will change the complexion of New York-Boston sports debate for years.
Every person (and both teams) has something to prove in this series.
The individual matchups will all likely affected by the ignited Boston crowd and the pumped up atmosphere at the TD Garden. The game’s importance is automatically inflated.
In the regular season, the Knicks lost all four games to the Celtics. Tonight, they’ll get their fifth opportunity. And maybe they’ll even convert.
- New York Knicks Official Game Notes – New York Knicks
- Boston Celtics Official Game Notes – Boston Celtics
- Knicks-Celtics Preview – AP
- From coach Mike D’Antoni on down, Knicks a confident bunch – Steve Adamek – Boston Herald
- Round 1, Game 1: Celtics vs. Knicks – Greg Payne – Boston Celtics Report
- What to watch in Celtics-Knicks – Peter May – ESPN Boston
- Knicks have high expectations – Alan Hahn – Newsday
- Stoudemire Stands Out and Buys In to Lift Knicks – Howard Beck – New York Times
- Pre-Series Reconnaissance: Part 1- A Conversation with Ben Rohrbach of Green Street – Seth Rosenthal – Posting and Toasting
- Pre-Series Reconnaissance: Knicks vs. Celtics- Part 2 – Seth Rosenthal – Posting and Toasting
- Knicks vs Celtics: Game 1 – Jonah – The Knicks Wall
- The New York Knicks are Back in the Playoffs – Keith Harden – The World’s Most Famous Blog