Mar 31, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) defends New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) as he controls the ball during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 108-89. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks First Round Schedule

Now that the regular season is officially over, here is the schedule for the series between the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks.

  • Game 1 – Sat April 20, Boston at New York, 3 p.m., ABC/R
  • Game 2 – Tue April 23, Boston at New York, 8 p.m., TNT
  • Game 3 – Fri April 26, New York at Boston, 8 p.m., ESPN
  • Game 4 - Sun April 28, New York at Boston, 1 p.m., ABC/R
  • Game 5 * Wed May 1, Boston at New York, TBD, TBD
  • Game 6 * Fri May 3, New York at Boston, TBD, TBD
  • Game 7 * Sun May 5, Boston at New York, TBD, TBD

For the Celtics, stealing the first game of the series is a must. Since they do not have home court advantage, Boston will have to win a game on the road. Next, Game 3 is crucial as it could set the tone and potentially decide the victor. With the recent event that took place in Boston, the TD Garden will be louder than ever and the fans alone could be a factor when the Celtics return home.

Game 4 is also something to keep an eye on. Boston has had difficulty playing afternoon games, and at times have shown little effort until the second half. The two day games are critical as both teams will probably be out of rhythm since most games are played around 7-8 pm.

This is going to be a great series that will add another chapter to the Boston vs New York book filled with history in the four major sports leagues. It’s been said every year, but cherish this postseason. With Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce getting up there in age, it’s unknown how many more years they can play at the same level.

The Boston Celtics may be without star point guard Rajon Rondo, but they have two tenacious guards named Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee. The biggest threat to the Celtics chances of moving on is Carmelo Anthony. He has the ability to take over games and defeat Boston by himself.

This series has been anticipated for weeks, and now it is finally here. So let’s go Celtics and capture banner 18!

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