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The Knicks Have To Beat The Celtics In Their NBA Playoff Game Tonight

Submitted by on May 3, 2013 – 1:30 pmNo Comment
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Hey, New York Knicks fans, why are you so quiet all of a sudden? Is it because your team, which once led the Boston Celtics 3-0 in their best-of-7 NBA Playoff series, is suddenly up just 3-2? Is it because your team lost a game at home on Wednesday night to send the series back to Boston? Is it because you’re—gasp!—scared of becoming the first NBA team ever to lose a series after leading 3-0? Or, is it because you’re suddenly not so sure about how well your team is going to do in the playoffs even if they do manage to get past Boston? Regardless, you’re awfully quiet right now—and with good reason.

Tonight, the Knicks take on the Celtics in Game 6 of their playoff series and, frankly, it’s a game that the Knicks have to win. Don’t get me wrong: Even if the Celtics pull off a victory at home, I still think the Knicks can and should win Game 7 and advance in the playoffs. But, in a lot of ways, Game 6 is going to reveal just how good the Knicks actually are. It’s easy to win games when you’re up 2-0 in a series. There’s very little pressure on you to deliver. But how good are you when your backs are against the wall and you have to win a game? That’s what we’re about to learn in Game 6. This team has struggled to get over the hump in recent years and, as a result, they haven’t won a playoff series in more than a decade. So they need a Game 6 victory to prove to the world—and, maybe more importantly, to themselves—that they belong in the next round of the playoffs.

As I said, even if the Knicks do lose tonight, I’m still pretty confident that they’ll be able to win this series in Game 7. But the Knicks have backed themselves into a corner in this series and it’s time for them to show up during Game 6 and finish the Celtics off. It’s time for them to show just how good they really are. It’s time for them to give their fans something to talk about again. Otherwise, Game 7 is going to feature a lot of anxious Knicks fans gathered at Madison Square Garden. And I get the feeling it’s going to get even quieter than it already is in the Big Apple if that happens. So it’s time for them to step up tonight. Game 6 or bust…

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