Reasons Why The Celtics Will Lose:

No Shaquille O’Neal-Without Shaq the Celtics have no inside presence to combat the Knicks and their lack of an inside presence. Shaq has been ruled out for at least game 1 and we’ll have to wait and see on the rest of the series. Jermaine O’Neal and Nenad Krstic will look to fill the void in the middle.

Scoring Points-The Celtics have been the worst scoring offense since early March. Can the Celtics get it going when the games count or will they continue the trend of lackluster basketball?

Old Age-The team has struggled down the stretch failing to ramp up production when the games mattered most. We went into the season with the mindset that the team just needed to make the playoffs. Well, this has happened. Can the Celtics get back their killer instinct?

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