These two teams have been duking it out since 1946 (they are two of only three teams remaining from the original NBA), and while the Celtics are way ahead in championships (17–2), the Knicks are playing with renewed spunk and hope since ’Melo. And don’t forget the other half of New York’s dynamic duo, Amar’e Stoudemire, who is leading the league with 632 FGs as we write this. So maybe the Knicks are coming back—and the feeling is that this rivalry is back, too. In their last match-up on December 16, the Celtics—who are headed to the playoffs and a shot at the championship—edged the Knicks out at the buzzer (118–116). Look for some payback this time!
Mon., March 21, 7:30 p.m., 2011
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 9, 2011