Knicks stomp KG-less C's

A look at headlines after the New York Knicks throttled the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night:


A sampling of the featured stories:

* MACMULLAN: NO KG, NO FUN: Maybe [Kevin] Garnett will spring back onto the parquet in 14 days ready to single-handedly take on the Eastern Conference. The Celtics better hope so. Boston admirably has stayed the course through a season-ending knee injury to Rajon Rondo and season-ending back surgery for rookie Jared Sullinger, who was the team's most productive frontcourt player aside from KG. But this latest blow is simply too much. KG's absence, coupled with the defensive grit that [Courtney] Lee provides, has tipped the scales. The losing streak is at five games and could well reach six in Cleveland on Wednesday night.

* FORSBERG: CELTICS JUST NOT THEMSELVES: A common refrain in the Boston locker room after Tuesday's loss was that the Celtics just weren't themselves. The roster changes prove that. But the Celtics are adamant that a veteran core with [Paul] Pierce and a healthy Garnett can lead them to familiar postseason success. As [Doc] Rivers reflected on the impending departure of the division title, he noted, "Whether you win it or not, your season will be defined by what you do in the playoffs. For us and them." There's a strong possibility the Celtics and Knicks will cross paths again in the postseason. Boston hopes it will look like a different team then.

Finally, a look at how things are playing at ESPN New York: