Thanks for your applause. Please sit down. I am back for an encore blog post.

Thursday night's Cavs-Celts tilt averaged 6.0 percent of homes in the New York area, ESPN's highest rating for an NBA playoff game in these parts since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals six years ago between the Pistons and Pacers.

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Of course, that figure will be higher next year when LeBron and the Knicks visit the Celts. But let's not get ahead of ourselves . . .

Enjoy Alec Baldwin on SNL.