I promised my cousin I’d write a post about the Knicks 2013 Playoffs schedule–so here it is!
The New York Knicks will play a best-of-seven series with the Boston Celtics, starting today (April 20) at 3 p.m. Because the Knicks finished in the second seed, they have home court advantage. If the series ends up being 3 Knicks’ wins to 3 Celtics’ wins, the final game will be in New York. Playing in front of your home crowd instead of the opponent’s home crowd makes things easier, as an overwhelming majority of people in the building cheer you on.
When I watch games on TV, I’m always amazed to hear the collective gasp from the crowd as a guard throws a pretty alley-oop to the big man to dunk it or “aww” when he misses. It’s more amazing in person, when you’re one of those 19,000-plus people contributing to the collective reaction.
To hear those “oohs” and “ahhs,” take a look at the schedule for the First Round Knicks-Celtics series of the 2013 NBA Playoffs:
- Game 1: Saturday, April 20 (today!), 3 p.m. @ MSG – watch on ABC
- Game 2: Tuesday, April 23, 8 p.m. @ MSG – TNT, MSG
- Game 3: Friday, April 26, 8 p.m. @ TD Garden – MSG, ESPN
- Game 4: Sunday, April 28, 1 p.m. @ TD Garden – ABC
- Game 5 (if necessary): Wednesday, May 1, TBD @ MSG – MSG
- Game 6 (if necessary): Friday, May 3, TBD @ TD Garden – MSG
- Game 7 (if necessary): Sunday, May 5, TBD @ MSG – MSG
I expect this series to be a thrilling one, as the games between the Knicks and Celtics usually are. During the regular season, NY beat Boston three games out of four.
In his “game story” on NBA.com, Brian Mahoney mentions the Celtics feel they can help their city cope with the recent events of the Boston Marathon and its aftereffects by getting a win. Mahoney quotes Coach Doc Rivers:
“Listen, for some people a basketball game’s not going to matter. Some people, just the joy of the sport and, you know, the victory and that, will help people. It’ll help people heal.”
The NBA’s official Twitter account tweeted this post and picture earlier today:
— NBA (@NBA) April 20, 2013
The Knicks know Boston is coming to this game ready to battle. I can’t and won’t make any predictions as to who will win this Game 1 or future games, or the series as a whole…
…but you definitely know who I’m rooting for.