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But now the Celtics aren’t only a 7-seed with proud, graying stars hoping that muscle memory carries them into May and beyond. Monday, bloody Monday changed everything for every Boston institution. Just as the nation embraced baseball’s most decorated franchise, the Yankees, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, fans everywhere will be pulling for basketball’s decorated franchise to make the kind of charmed postseason run the Yanks made in 2001.
So the 54-28 Knicks no longer have to beat a 41-40 team. In the wake of the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon, they have to beat America’s Team, too.
Hating the Celtics and their banners and their parquet used to come naturally; they’d taken five consecutive titles in an Atlantic Division the Knicks hadn’t won — until this season — since 1993-94. An incorrigible trash talker,...