|Posted by shawn cassidy on May 1, 2013 at 5:30 AM|
The Knicks franchise has been off the map for about a decade until the year long drama in 2011 ended, and the hometown hero Carmelo Anthony returned. The Knicks finally entered the playoffs, and waiting for them were the Boston Celtics. The series was tight in the first two games in Boston. In game one it took a late game three by Ray Allen to put the Knicks away. When the series shifted to New York Rajon Rondo put the Celtics on his back with a triple-double and a game three victory.
The series swept the Knicks in 2011, and they handled themselves with class. In this years first round series. The Celtics limped into the playoffs without their star point guard, and with a team that never found an identity after Rondo,and before Rondo's departure. With the Knicks in a commanding lead of 3-1, and with the 3-0 hole hanging over the Celtics head,and how impossible that is to overcome. The Knicks haven't been gracious winners.
J.R. Smith had proclaimed that if he played in Game 4, that the series would be over and, he would have been playing golf yesterday. Kenyon Martin sent out a message for everyone to wear black, befitting Celtics last rites. Just no class in my book. I would allow talk like that from a team that's been there and done that. But this team has been kicked out of the first round two years in a row, and the odds of that sticking for a third year is pretty slim.
In any event, this will be something that the Celtics could use this year, and even next season. This has truly blossomed into a new rivalry in the league, and with Rondo in the fold with some talent around him. The Celtics could contend with the Knicks for years to come.