8 a.m. ET: Hold your cereal-related jokes, please. Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony says there is no bad blood left over from the last meeting, when Garnett’s trash talk may have gone a bit too far and motivated Anthony to come after Garnett after the game. Instead, there is just the old-fashioned kind of bad blood that always exists in a Celtics-Knicks matchup.
These hated rivals will face off for the second time this season, and there is plenty on the line. The Celtics (20-21) are simply trying to get back in the win column after a four-game losing streak, while the Knicks (25-14) smell blood in the water with the Heat. Although Miami still holds the top spot in the East, its lead is a tenuous 1 1/2 games.
Of course, the records are irrelevant when these teams play. The Celtics surely would not have any problem with giving the Heat some indirect help with a win over New York.
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