When the Boston Celtics won game five of the first round of their Eastern Conference quarter finals match up with the New York Knicks, hope became more than a word. It became a reality.
Nobody said it was going to be easy but now it’s a series. We had an opportunity tonight to close it and we didn’t get it done,” Knicks Coach Mike Woodson said. “At the end of the day I still say we control our destiny and there’s a lot of basketball left to be played.”
The Celtics beat the Knicks at their own game shooting 50% from the arc (11-22) in route to a solid 92-86 victory.
“It’s another Game 7 for us. Every game since we’ve been down 3-0 has been Game 7 for us and that’s the way we’ve been viewing it instead of thinking of it as a 3-0 game,” Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said. “You want to win the Game 7’s and we’re looking at each one of these as Game 7’s, so it’s still a ton of pressure on us. We’re playing a really good basketball team and we know that.”
The Celtics know what’s at stake and, win or lose, will come to play. Playoff veteran Kevin Garnett, who pulled down 18 rebounds in game 5, knows that if his team can force a game 7 in New York, all pressure falls on their shoulders.