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Flip Saunders breaks down what makes Celtics a tough match-up for Knicks

Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders watches the final

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ESPN analyst Flip Saunders broke down the Knicks-Boston series on a conference call and said you “don’t ever count them out,” with respect to the Celtics.

Saunders was an advisor for the Celtics last season and coached Kevin Garnett for years in Minnesota so he has a good perspective.

“As Doc has always said, this team is always built for the playoffs,” Saunders said. “What I mean by...

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Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett are getting along

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) and Carmelo

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Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett have already been in meetings together, will practice together tomorrow and will be in the same locker room and on the same team in Sunday’s All-Star Game.

They both say what happened in New York last month stayed in New York.

“I’m not going to discuss that, man,” Garnett said. “Actually, I saw Melo a couple of minutes ago. It was good to see him. I’m...

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Knicks have something to prove in Boston

Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics dunks over

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Everyone will make it about Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett tomorrow because that’s what we do. But it’s Knicks vs. Celtics.

It’s a big game for both teams; as big a late-January game as you can have, especially for the Knicks.

They have struggled in heated, physical playoff-type games. Their 0-3 record against the Bulls – without Derrick Rose – and everyone knows what happened last...

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Knicks star forwards suspended and sore

Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony look on during

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This wasn’t a good day for the Knicks.

First Mike Woodson said the doctors told him he has to cut back on Amar’e Stoudemire’s minutes because he felt soreness after playing about 28 minutes in Monday’s loss to the Celtics.

Then the NBA hits Carmelo Anthony with a one-game ban after he “attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday's game and therefore a suspension...

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NBA suspends Carmelo Anthony one game for Boston incident

Carmelo Anthony looks on late in the game

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You had to know this was coming after Carmelo Anthony needed to be restrained outside the Celtics' locker room and after he went to Boston's bus looking for Kevin Garnett with all those security and police there.

You had to know after TMZ and other outlets had video of the post-game incidents that this was coming.

From the NBA:

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has been suspended...

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Carmelo Anthony moves on from Kevin Garnett incident

New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony addresses the media

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The Knicks’ theme Wednesday was right out of a Manhattan street-corner scene of curious onlookers: Move along; nothing to see here.      Carmelo Anthony, acknowledging that he was “pretty sure” he would be hearing from league security people about his verbal confrontation with Boston’s Kevin Garnett after Monday night’s game, declined to address the subject beyond that.   ...

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Doc Rivers defends Kevin Garnett

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers reacts after

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The way the Knicks defended Carmelo Anthony after Monday night's game, Doc Rivers came to Kevin Garnett's defense about the heated argument that carried over to the hallway outside the locker room and ultimately the Celtics' bus.

"He’s not going to back down, he’s not going to go anywhere,” Rivers told Boston reporters yesterday. “They know it and it bothers them. Kevin’s Kevin, and when...

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Knicks beat Boston in intense preseason game

Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34), left, shoots over

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This didn’t feel like a preseason game from the very beginning. The Knicks and the Celtics played an intense game that featured both benches standing down the stretch, screaming things at each other and urging on their teammates.

Kevin Garnett really was the catalyst for that. Garnett was up screaming, 'Here we come,” after back-to-back Celtics’ baskets late in the Knicks’ 98-95 overtime win....

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