Oct 9, 2013; Providence, RI, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives to the hoop against Boston Celtics power forward Brandon Bass (30) during the first half at Dunkin Donuts Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Rich's Take: Celtics - Knicks Pregame

The Boston Celtics are in the Big Apple today for a huge showdown with their Atlantic Division rivals, the New York Knicks.

If you’re looking at the Knicks’ 5-13 record and saying, “This is gonna be easy,” you should probably stop reading, because you’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you: this is a stiff challenge the Celtics are facing this afternoon.  New York absolutely demolished the Brooklyn Nets by 30 points Thursday night.  Okay – it was only Brooklyn.  They followed that up with an absolute 38 point pasting of the Orlando Magic on Friday.   Yeah yeah yeah – it’s only Orlando.  In case you hadn’t noticed, though, this is the NBA.  We’re not talking about the University of Kentucky scheduling a few creampuff D-II schools to open their NCAA season; it’s professional basketball!  Back-to-back 30+ point wins are impressive no matter who the victims were.   If this is how the New York Knicks will be playing from here on out, the Atlantic Division is about to get really interesting.

Of course, the Celtics are riding a nice little winning streak of their own, and have scored an average of 107 points over their last two games.  Picking up a win against the Denver Nuggets, a Western Conference foe, was a huge feather in Boston’s cap, as the West has really had its way with Eastern teams so far this season.  If the Celtics can continue to defend the three-point shot as well as they have been this season, and can throw a wave of bodies at Carmelo Anthony, the NBA’s leading scorer, they should be in a position to win today’s game come the fourth quarter.

Today’s game is scheduled to tip-off around noon – early!  If you’re looking to go to the game, you can find Celtics vs. Knicks tickets still available. Make sure you follow me on Twitter – @HoudiniCeltics and @theamazingMrS – and check back in after the game for my thoughts.  It’s going to be a good one in the Garden – go Boston!

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