That didn’t take too long. We will hear from the Celtics later today at practice speak about their first round matchup, but the Knicks wasted no time last night getting the word out about facing their Atlantic Conference rivals later this week. Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork was in the locker room yesterday after the Knicks clinched the second seed:
Carmelo Anthony on looking for revenge after a first round sweep two years ago: “That’s in the back of our minds. We want to beat Boston. I mean, let’s be quite frank.”
Anthony on looking forward to C’s: “We’re looking forward to that matchup. We know what type of series it’s going to be. It’s going to be a grind out, battle series, tough series, physical series. We’re looking forward to that.”
James White: “Melo takes it personal against the Celtics.”
Steve Novak: “They’re a physical team, we know that.”
More from the Knicks, including a surprise wildcard that will could be in play for the first round, someone C’s fans are very familiar with.
Yes, the one and only Rasheed Wallace, who hasn’t played in a game since December, is on track to return to the floor this week, potentially as soon as tonight according to Begley:
Woodson hopes to have his team at full strength heading into the Boston series. Kenyon Martin has missed five of the last six games due to knee and ankle injuries and Tyson Chandler has missed 14 of the last 18 games due to a neck ailment, but both are expected back for Game 1.
Marcus Camby (plantar fascia) also should be healthy enough to suit up. And there is a chance that Rasheed Wallace will be in uniform. He hasn’t played since Dec. 13 due a stress fracture in his foot.
“We’re looking forward to having him back,” Anthony said of Wallace. “Especially right now at a crucial time.”
For a series that won’t lack in hype, adding Sheed to the mix, given his history with Boston should take things to another level.
CelticsHub will be live at practice later this morning for the latest news and talk from the C’s about their first round matchup.
In the meantime though, I spent some time analyzing the Knicks-Celtics matchup yesterday on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston. We dug into the matchups, the history, and just how much of a chance we think the Celtics have in this one. You can check out the podcast by clicking the play button below or downloading the mp3.