Not to place too much pressure on the Celtics, but they put themselves in this position. By losing to the likes of the Hornets, Pistons, and Cavaliers over the past week — not exactly a sparkling trio — the Celtics have made the next three games critical to this season.
They enter Thursday night’s game against New York seemingly unprepared for the rematch, and with the Knicks wanting nothing short of the Celtics’ blood. Forward Carmelo Anthony nearly hopped on top of the Boston bus in search of Kevin Garnett Jan. 7 after hearing four quarters of his expletives and putdowns. Anthony wants nothing more than to drop 50 at TD Garden.