The Knicks have momentum entering Tuesday night’s Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Celtics.
“Once the Knicks ratcheted up their pressure on the defensive end [in Saturday’s Game 1 victory], they kind of took Boston out of what they wanted to do,” said Wally Szczerbiak, a 10-year NBA veteran and MSG in-studio analyst. “That was the difference in the game.”
Szczerbiak, who played in 54 NBA playoff games, believes Raymond Felton could be a big key to the Knicks’ success Tuesday night.
“I think he’s an X factor,” he said. “When he scores, he’s really aggressive.”
The Celtics only got four points off their bench in Game 1, a stark contrast to the Knicks’ bench presence from players like J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin. The Knicks scored 25 points.
“The Knicks have a lot of options and that’s what’s so great about their team,” Szczerbiak said.
While the Knicks have the upper hand with the series lead, the Celtics won’t bow out easily, according to Szczerbiak, who played with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett as a Celtic during his career. He says they’re a veteran team with pride.
“They’re going to be ready,” he said. “They’re going to make adjustments and this is going to be a hard-fought series for the Knicks every game.”