First round set: Celtics vs. Knicks

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It'll be Celtics vs. Knicks in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.After dispatching the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, the New York Knicks locked up the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and will host the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs starting this weekend at Madison Square Garden.

One note from ESPN Stats and Info: Since the NBA playoffs expanded to eight teams per conference in 1983-84, the Celtics have never been a seven seed. Boston, however, has been an eight seed on three different occasions –- losing all three. A quick glance at the Celtics' history as a seventh seed or worse:

2003-04: 8th seed vs. Pacers (Lost, 4-0)

1994-95: 8th seed vs. Magic (Lost, 3-1)

1988-89: 8th seed vs. Pistons (Lost, 3-0)