This Celtics vs. Knicks game could actually be a good one. For the past 10 years, the Celtics vs. Knicks games have not been billed as being that great, especially with some of the terrible Knicks teams that have been playing at Madison Square Garden. But on Wednesday night, the New York Knicks will host the Boston Celtics in a matchup of two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference this season.
Some have alluded to the Celtics vs. Knicks game on Wednesday as the rebirth of a rivalry, but let’s hold back on putting too many accolades on the New York side of things. It has been so long since a Knicks team has been relevant, that it is hard to call any matchup they have a rivalry at this point. When one team wins most of the games (all their opponents) it ceases becoming a rivalry until the team getting beaten down actually strikes back. Maybe this is a Knicks team that is finally ready to strike back.
The Boston Celtics have made it to two of the last three NBA Finals, and have a new NBA title on their mantel as a result. In that same span, the New York Knicks have failed to even make the NBA playoffs. Now the Boston Celtics are 19-4 in the 2010-11 regular season, posting the best record in the Eastern Conference to this point. They are once again leading the Atlantic Division by a comfortable margin, and have a 10-game winning streak as they head to New York.
The New York Knicks are on an eight-game winning streak of their own, improving their record to 16-9 in 2010, and hoisting them up and into second place in the Atlantic. They still trail the Celtics by four games in the division, but now hold one of the best records in the Eastern Conference themselves. Now the grudge match on Wednesday night will prove which of these two teams gets the first bite, and if the loser can put up enough fight to save face for when they play each other again this season.
It would seem, that on paper, Boston has a huge advantage over the Knicks on Wednesday night. They still have four All-Stars starting for them, even if Shaq is still out due to injury. The Knicks have pasted together a roster that includes Amare Stoudemire as the leader, and has found a renewed energy from Raymond Felton at the point guard position. They are winning games with a run-and-gun offense that has them leading the whole NBA in points per game (108.5). Now they have to play a team that is one of the best on defense.
The Celtics vs. Knicks game will tip off at 4 p.m. PST (7 p.m. EST) on Wednesday, Dec. 15, with a live telecast from ESPN presenting the coverage from Madison Square Garden. It has all the makings of a really great game, and hopefully it is, because it would not only renew the rivalry between these two franchises, but prove that another team in the East has finally risen from the ashes.