Playoff atmosphere vs. Knicks


Twitter / Paul Pierce ... via kwout

Celtics All-Stars Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo both took to Twitter after Monday's win in New York to suggest that the ultra-physical battle felt like a playoff game.

So how would the Celtics and Knicks feel about another joust in mid-April? (And we're not just talking about the season finale on April 13 in Boston). The Celtics and Bulls are in a virtual tie atop the Eastern Conference, while the Knicks sit at No. 7, a game behind the Philadelphia 76ers. There's a good chance that, whichever team draws the No. 2 seed, could wind up against the Knicks.

So as the Celtics gets stitched back together after Monday's war, who wants a best of seven series?

“If it is, so what?" asked Kevin Garnett. "Let’s do it. It’s what it is.”

Celtics coach Doc Rivers preferred to focus on Monday's matchup instead of thinking about playoff matchups that might never materialize.

"With all the different guys, it was just a good competitive game," said Rivers. "I think that's always healthy for both teams."


Twitter / Rajon Rondo ... via kwout