Advantages the Boston Celtics Have over the New York Knicks

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Advantages the Boston Celtics Have over the New York Knicks
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Jeff Green went into beast mode against the Knicks in Game 1.

The Boston Celtics started the conference quarterfinals against the New York Knicks in a disappointing fashion. After building a seven-point advantage toward the end of the third quarter, Boston squandered its lead with sloppy play on both sides of the floor.

That implosion unveiled a plethora of startling statistics. However, the team in green still impressed in many areas for over 34 minutes.

Coach Doc Rivers and his players showed that these two squads may be closer in talent and, better yet, heart, than their respective No. 2 and No. 7 seeds suggest.

The following factors comprise the advantages Boston has over New York, and why a series upset remains a distinct possibility.

 

Statistics were obtained and/or compiled using NBA.com, ESPN.com, Basketball-Reference.com and a chart by Stats LLC originally used by Wall Street Journal (citation included in article text).

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