NBA Playoffs 2011: Five Reasons Why the Celtics Sweep of Knicks Could Hurt Them

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Five Reasons Why the Celtics Sweep of Knicks Could Hurt Them
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The Boston Celtics, the only team in the East to sweep its first round opponent, appear to be back in the drivers seat and poised to defend its conference championship. After a pair of nail-biting games, the Celtics "took care of business," by dismantling the Knicks in consecutive games at Madison Square Garden winning them by an average margin of 14.5 ppg.

Boston Celtics fans and NBA pundits have announced the Celtics already "conference champions" before the second round even begins, and many are suggesting that the veteran team's week-long layoff prior to the start of their series against the Philadelphia 76ers or Miami Heat will benefit them.

But how prepared is Boston to tackle its next one or more playoff opponents? And can it expect the same level of retreat and surrender shown by the hapless Knicks from them as well?

I offer five reasons why sweeping the Knicks was a good thing in the short term for Boston, but could be a bad thing in the long-run.

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