NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — The Boston Celtics are heading into the right direction after opening the campaign on a slow and rocky road.
However, on Tuesday night they face a very tricky opponents in the New York Knicks at the Madison Square Garden – playing against a side which they have beaten twice in the three times they met this season.
The Celtics (36-25) have also won its last two games and six of its last seven, which saw them handing the likes of Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats defeats on the road in that span.
The last Boston and New York met, leading guard Rajon Rondo scored 18 points, dished out 20 assists and pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds in the 115-111 overtime victory on March 4 and he will be a key figure come Tuesday night again.
Rondo was also impressive for the Celtics on Sunday night after he finished the game with 20 points and 16 assists in a 94-82 victory on the road to the Bobcats – even in the absences of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Boston are certainly heading for the playoff and coach Doc Rivers has already been planning for it.
“Anybody who needs (time off), if we think it will make them better for the playoffs, then yeah, we’ll rest them,” Rivers, who opted to rest some of his stars in the last game, said.
Meanwhile, New York Knicks (31-29) are 20-11 at home and will look to rebound from the 93-85 defeat to the Miami Heat in their last game.
Again Carmelo Anthony, who had 42 points and five assists in the defeat is the man the Knicks will look to for leadership.
Amare Stoudemire, who battling with a back problem remains doubtful, despite being more active in recent days. Guard Jeremy Lin will miss the game with a knee injury.
Eyes will also be on Tyson Chandler, who picked up an injury to his knee and was seeing getting treatment to the area.
“I really couldn’t move when I got out there,” he said. “I didn’t have much strength on it.”