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2011 NBA Playoffs: Why Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks Can Be World Champions

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2011 NBA Playoffs: Why Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks Can Be World Champions
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“Start spreading the news...”

The Boston Celtics are ripe for the picking.

Don’t laugh.

Meeting the reigning Conference champions in the opening round of the playoffs is rarely grounds for such optimism.

But the first round matchup between the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics will be far from the whitewash many would have predicted just weeks ago.

Relieved of those vagabond shoes, Carmelo Anthony is finally at ease.

King of the hill.

Top of the heap.

Eastern Conference player of the week.

If seven straight wins wasn’t enough for the league to take notice, the return of a healthy Amar’e Stoudemire will be.

Returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2004, a couple post-season wins will be granted with a passing mark. But this Knicks outfit has the potential to do so much more damage.

And here’s why.

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