Here are the Boston Celtics, specifically on offense, some dying campfire that twitches an occasional rush to remind you of its glow; here too are the New York Knicks, specifically on defense, as though some magic kindling for that fire, propelling it towards “Heat.”
Rajon Rondo has NBA 2K’d for 50 assists against New York this season in only 3 games. A few of them may have been to Ray Allen, a rhythm shooter, who gets to play D’Antoni ball for at least 4 games. Paul Pierce, peacock that he is, will yet take more bows, assume the ritual with Spike, in the world’s most famous arena. Celtics bigs get to earn back some pride against a frontline that is Amar’e and [insert 6’9 player named Williams].
I know, I know Knicks fans, Carmelo and all that, but that time is not now. It will come, but still more lessons to be learned — the hard way — and what better opponent to learn them from; and what better class than 101 East Coast playoff ball? No layups, and if there are layups, WHY?