New York vs. Boston
When the Boston Celtics take on the New York Knicks this evening they find themselves in unfamiliar territory. Since Boston assembled the original big 3 5 years ago they were considered the prohibitive favorites in 1st round match ups. This year is much different. There is no Ray Allen to lean on, Kevin Garnett is not 100%, and Paul Pierce isn't the instant offense he once was. Given the current set of circumstances Boston will probably lose this series.
New York is not the greatest team, but when you have the 2013 NBA scoring champion in a zone you don't have to be that good. Just give the ball to Carmelo Anthony and wait for good things to happen. The Knicks will win easy and Melo will continue with his hot hand, but the truth (Paul Pierce) is going to do his best to keep the Celtics close. It just won't be enough to stop the streaking Knicks.