In a dominant fashion, the Eastern Conference 3-seed Boston Celtics won game four of a first round series against the Knicks and sent Melo and Amare packing. The Celtics dominated the entire series and swept away the uninspired New York Knicks after all the hype surrounding their newly acquire superstar, Carmelo Anthony. Boston won games 1 and 2 by a combined 5 points making it seem as if things could change once the Knicks got back to Madison Square Garden. They didn’t, in fact they got worse for the New Yorkers. The Celtics smacked up the Knicks, 113-96 in game 3 and 101-89 in game 4 and proved that they are in it to win it this year.
Rajon Rondo led the way for the Celtics in the series, averaging 19 points, 12 assists and 7.3 rebounds in 41.8 minutes per throughout the four games. Game 3 was his best as he cut up the Knicks defense and left them wanting more out of their performance. He dropped a triple double in that game (15 pts, 20 assts, 11 rebs) and completely took over as the Knicks played without starting PG Chauncey Billups for the entire series after he injured his knee in game 1. Ray Allen also shined for Boston shooting 17-26 from 3 point range throughout the series and burning the Knicks on multiple occasions as Mike D’Antoni’s team looked awful on the defensive end.
The Celtics will move on to face what will most likely be the Miami Heat as they lead 3-1 in their series against Philadelphia. This potential series should be a great one as the aging Celtics look to slaughter the three-headed Miami monster. On the flip side, the New York Knicks will look to glue together a team with a lot of potential and try to solidify themselves as a contender in the 2011-2012 season.
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