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NBA Playoffs 2011: Nap Time for New York Knicks in the Playoffs

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 19:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics heads for basket as Ronny Turiaf #14 of the New York Knicks defends in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Frankie AnetzbergerContributor IIApril 20, 2011

Somewhere Bill Laimbeer, Charles Barkley and Dennis Rodman are shaking their heads.

You had a win solidified twice, in Boston, and you are sitting on the bench? Yes, I'm talking about Chauncey Billups and Amar'e Stoudemire. Please, you can take a nap at home, not on the bench. You have the potential to pull off what could be the biggest upset in recent playoff history and you leave Carmelo Anthony stranded by himself.

I would be the first to point the finger at 'Melo for a loss. He's the superstar and with that territory comes responsibility. Even Game 1, when Amar'e was unstoppable, the clear cut choice was to give the big man a look down low in the paint, and instead Anthony hoisted an unnecessary three-pointer. That's terrible execution, but that wasn't the situation in Game 2.

Being a college student in Massachusetts, hailing from the state of New York, I became an overnight Knicks fan. I don't know how long it will last, but it seems like the minutes are dwindling away at the rate New York is losing.

Keys to Victory—New York

At least from what we saw in Game 2, the Knicks transition defense needs, well, to exist. Rajon Rondo got to the rim whenever he wanted last night, and it truly could have been avoided by a help defender clogging the lane. Clearly, they ailed without Stoudemire, but at least half of Rondo's layups weren't even contested.

Another thing the Knicks cannot do is allow Boston to drive baseline. For several reasons, but the Celtics can make tough shots at the rim and they also have players that can hit shots when the defense collapses.

It must have been my high school coach, but if you put one foot out of bounds, they either won't drive baseline, or it'll be an offensive foul. Simple as that.

Keys to Victory—Boston

It'd be nice if Boston could continuing "dealing" with the injuries New York is having, however I think both Stoudemire and Billups will be back for Game 3. Spacing is the most crucial aspect of the Celtics offense. Truly, their defense is almost always on point and as long as each player is in his spot, I don't see a reason for concern.

The Celtics did a phenomenal job of creating space in Game 2. They drove baseline and either had easy layups or easy passes to spot up shooters. You won't be able to stop Anthony or Stoudemire, but there will always be three additional players on the floor and their bench.

Contain them and Boston could take this series in New York.

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