2011 NBA Playoffs: Celtics vs Knicks. Who will win the series?

@rencarl (620)
Philippines
April 16, 2011 2:11am CST
Now that the curtains of the regular season has been dropped and playoff matches were already set, several team match ups are highly anticipated. They say the match up of the celtics against the knicks is the highly anticipated match up of the first round of the playoffs. Knicks' trio of carmelo, amare and chauncey will go up against celtics' 'Big 4' of rondo,allen,pierce and KG. Who do you think will win the series?i say the celtics in 6. Any bet?
5 responses
• United States
16 Apr 11
The celtics are a very experienced team, they have had much success over the years even winning it two years ago. The Knicks are a new team that are having chemistry problems until they can get that figured out they will not make it out of the first round. I have the Celtics wining thins serious in 5
@rencarl (620)
• Philippines
17 Apr 11
Thank you for your comment my friend. The celtics might have the edge in experience but they are also experiencing roster changes right now. The perkins role is a tough job to fill. Only one of the o'neals is sure to play at least in the 1st round of the playoffs since shaq has been nursing calf injury.
16 Apr 11
They certainly have a small chance to overcome the favoured Boston Celtics but it will have to be a great effort to do so. I see the Celtics just having too much for the Knicks.
@rencarl (620)
• Philippines
17 Apr 11
I see that this match up is evenly matched. I cannot say that the knicks has a slim chance either. They could stun the celtics if the knicks could run their offense early in the game behind melo and amare. The knicks could make the hawks' game 1 win earlier against orlando as their motivation.
• Philippines
16 Apr 11
This series has a lot of juice. It's Offense versus Defense. Both teams made significant trades this season and both teams struggled incorporating their new guys to the system. The Knicks went 14-14 since acquiring Melo & Billups while the C's went 15-12 since the Perkins trade. I'd give Boston an edge though because their team wasn't built around Perkins. Rajon Rondo emerged to be the best player on this team and when he plays good, like making jumpshots, penetrating, finding teammates, the C's are unstoppable. He's the fuel that ignites the Big 3. On the other hand with the Knicks, since the Melo trade, all I've ever seen with this team is ballhogging. Melo tends to get the ball always, which leads to less movement on offense. Chauncey Billups hoisting up rushed 3's. Landry Fields and Amare have been nowhere to be found on offense. More importantly, they don't play defense, D'Antoni's system is synonymous with no defense, pure offense. But I'll give the Knicks one game at home. Melo gets hot, Amare gets going. But that's all she wrote. Celtics in 5. I'm looking forward for D'Antoni getting fired in the offseason.
@rencarl (620)
• Philippines
17 Apr 11
That is a bold statement right there. It is true that many GM's right now are looking at replacing their old head coach. Rick adelman of the houston rockets is a good example. And the rockets management are looking to replace adelman with a tough assistant coach from the spurs. As for D'antoni, his fate with the team rests on his coaching success in the playoffs. I will still say the celtics will win the series in 6 games. The knicks are hungrier this time. Rondo hasn't been in his old self since the perkins trade. Perkins has been one of his closest friends in boston.
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
16 Apr 11
I'll do you one better and take the C's in 5. New York is talented. But they're also extremely one-sided and rely heavily on offense. I can't see them competing with Boston in this series. They might sneak out a home win, but Boston, I think, is ready to go on their annual playoff push.
@rencarl (620)
• Philippines
16 Apr 11
I actually thought of 5 games but thinking that mr. Big shot chauncey billups is ready and healthy for the playoffs, im changing my mind to six. But i have to agree with you. Boston's defense might clamp the offensive firepower of the knicks. We will see if 5 is really the celtic's lucky number.
@cebumd (65)
• Philippines
21 Apr 11
It will be the Celtics for this particular matchup. And it's not just because of the player matchups. Of course, Amare and Billups are hurt and Melo may be a scorer but makes poor decisions. But actually, the coach matchup favors Rivers. In the 1st 2 games this playoff, Rivers showed his superior to D'Antoni outsmarting him especially in the critical end game moments.