With only two games remaining in the regular season, the New York Knicks still do not which team they will face in the first round of the playoffs. Currently, the sixth seeded Knicks are two games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers. At the top of the East, the Heat are two games ahead of the defending Eastern Conference champion, Boston Celtics. If the current standings hold up, the Knicks will draw the Boston Celtics in the first round and that’s the first round match-up that the Knicks want.

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There’s no denying the grit, experience, and tenacity of the Boston Celtics. This group of C’s always seems to turn it on in the playoffs and head coach Doc Rivers embodies the Celtic, defensive-intensity. However, this Celtic team is clearly missing the inside presence of Kendrick Perkins. The Celtics rank 29th in rebounds per game (38.7) and 24th in points per game (96.3). The Celtics still rank first in points allowed (91.0), but the Knicks have displayed the ability to score on this Celtic team. In the only game that Carmelo Anthony played against the Celtics as a member of the Knicks, the small forward scored 22 points. The Knicks held a  69-63 advantage heading into the fourth quarter, but played an absolutely dreadful quarter, allowing the Celtics to grab a 96-86 victory. However, that game was played on March 21st, which seems like ages ago given the Knicks current seven-game win streak. Carmelo Anthony is playing at a very high, clutch level right now while the Celtics seem to be one of the more inconsistent teams on a quarter-to-quarter basis.

There’s no denying that a Miami-New York first round match-up would be a national story. The court will be littered with some of the league’s best players and the Knicks have split the season series with the Heat. However, LeBron James is averaging an absurd 28.3/7.7/7.7 over his last ten games. Chris Bosh is also playing well, averaging 20.8 PPG and 8.4 RPG over the last ten games. Miami has also won 13 of their last 16 games. Beating a hot Miami team four times in one series will be a tall order for any team.

Basketball is all about momentum. The Celtics have dropped six of their eleven games, including embarrassing losses to Memphis, Charlotte, and Indiana. The Heat are playing great basketball and blew the Celtics out by 23 points on Sunday. Even though a Carmelo Anthony led Knick team dropped their only game against the Celtics (which was influenced by a bad fourth quarter), this team is hot right now and the Celtics are just a better first round match-up. A series against either of these squads will be a tall order for the Knicks, but if I had my choice, I’d want Boston.