May 4, 2013 Leave a comment
The New York Knicks won their first playoff series since the 1999-2000 season. The Knicks were able to beat the Boston Celtics in six games. The Knicks had a commanding 3-0 lead on the series before losing two straight games. With the series on the line and the momentum in the Celtics hands, the Knicks found a way to overcome this and win the series on the road. At a point in the game the Knicks were up by twenty-six points and the Celtics were able to score nineteen unanswered points to force the game to a four-point game. The Knicks were eventually able to stop the run and eventually hold the Celtics off but it was a very scary moment from a Knicks fan perspective.
Why the Knicks were able to pull off the win:
The main reason why the Knicks were able to win this game on the road last night was because of their stellar defense. The Knicks as an entire team were swarming the ball and were not giving any room for the Celtics to get off any shots. This was the case for the most of the game except for that huge run by the Celtics in the forth quarter. Knicks Guard/Forward Iman Shumpert was the fuel to the Knicks the entire night. Shumpert, since coming off his injury has been playing better and better every night he plays. Last night showed that the “Old” Iman Shumpert is coming back and this is great for the Knicks. Shumpert is a lock down defender and is the fire starter for the Knicks defense. Shumpert has pride in his defense and when he makes a great play on defense, it catches on with the rest of the team and they play great defense as a whole. If the Knicks want to go deep into these playoffs, they will need Shumpert leading the team on defense.
The Knicks now will be playing the Indiana Pacers in the second round and this series will start on Sunday May 5th. This will be a great series since the Knicks and Pacers have a little rivalry with each other from years past. This seems like a series the Knicks can win, but only the Knicks will be able to show us that. I cannot wait for this series to start and watch the Knicks advance.