Knicks vs. Celtics: What New York Must Do to Eliminate Boston in Game 6

Charlie PotterContributor IIIMay 3, 2013

Disrupting Paul Pierce is key to a Knicks series-clinching victory tonight in Boston.
Disrupting Paul Pierce is key to a Knicks series-clinching victory tonight in Boston.Al Bello/Getty Images

The New York Knicks and Boston Celtics will face off in TD Garden tonight in a Game 6 showdown of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

The Knicks own a 3-2 lead over the Celtics, but Boston has won two games in a row and is playing at home tonight. No NBA team has ever rallied to win a series after being down 0-3.

The Knicks have other plans in mind. With a win tonight, they can close out the series and advance to the next round.

Here we break down what New York must do to eliminate Boston at home.


Carmelo Anthony Must Play Lights Out

Anthony has shot poorly in the Knicks' two losses of this series and he only scored 22 points in Game 5.

He must come alive tonight to silence the imminently raucous crowd that will fill TD Garden in hopes of seeing the Celtics extend this series to the full seven games.

He must be the bearer of bad news to those fans tonight and put on the show that he is capable of.


Shut Down Paul Pierce

Pierce hasn't played like The Truth that everyone expects in the playoffs. He has only scored more than 20 points twice in the series.

However, he has hit some crucial shots when it has mattered most and that has killed the Knicks.

If New York wants to win, especially if it's a close game, it will need to hinder Pierce from getting even remotely close to the basketball toward the end of the game.


Win the Battles in the Paint and on the Glass

The Knicks are bigger than the Celtics. This is true. But Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass and company find ways to get inside and grab rebounds.

New York would be wise to keep Tyson Chandler in the paint all night long to disrupt Boston's bigs at every given opportunity.

If the Knicks can win the battle of the bigs, it will be hard for the Celtics to win.