After scoring 17 points in 27 minutes of a laid-back regular-season finale against the Knicks, Glen Davis is expecting a far more serious game Sunday night when the two teams square off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
"A brawl," Davis said. "We're going to fight, especially here. We're going to go there. Knicks-Boston rivalry, it's going to be crazy. This is the series to watch. They're going to be watching our series."
Davis also said that immediately following the 112-102 win Wednesday that gave the Celtics a 56-26 mark for the season, he sat at his locker and thought back to Game 7 of the NBA finals last June when the Celtics came within six minutes of an 18th NBA title before running out of gas against the Lakers.
"I'm excited man," Davis said. "The regular season is over with. Now it's time for the postseason. This is what it's all about. Game 7 feels like it was just yesterday...
Avery Bradley scored a career high 20 while Sasha Pavlovic added 19 off the bench as the Celtics had six scorers in double figures in a 112-102 win over the Knicks in their regular season finale Wednesday night at TD Garden. Glen Davis led the starters with 17 as the C's finish the season with a 56-26 mark, good for the No. 3 seed in the East while the Knicks finish 42-40.
The two teams will square off Sunday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series but Wednesday's regular season finale hardly resembled what will take place when the playoffs begin this weekend.
Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen all sat out the game, with neither Allen nor Garnett dressing for the contest. For the Knicks, they chose to sit regulars Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups while Amare Stoudemire, who had 14 for the Knicks, played the first and third quarters after missing the last three games.
The NBA announced the rest of the schedule for the Celtics-Knicks first round playoff series. Games 5, 6 and 7 are if necessary and some times are still to be determined (TBD).
Game 1: Sunday At Boston, 7 p.m.
Game 2: Tuesday at Boston, 7 p.m.
Game 3: Friday at New York, TBD
Game 4: Sunday at New York, 3:30 p.m.
Game 5: Tuesday April 26 at Boston, TBD
Game 6: Friday, April 29 at New York, TBD
Game 7: Sunday, May 1 at Boston, TBD
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that he was hopeful Shaquille O'Neal would be ready for Game 1 of the team's first round series with the Knicks, but that it was "too early to tell, but I think so." The coach was more optimistic on the status of Delonte West who aggravated his right ankle in a collision with Washington's Javale McGee on Monday. "[West] looked good. He felt a lot better toda," Rivers said. "Watching the injury live I was very concerned."
A subdued West said prior to Wednesday's game that he had swelling in his ankle where he had previously chipped a bone. "It’s all hands on decks now," West said. "It’s no excuses."
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John Lackey, who was scheduled to start for the Red Sox on Wednesday before the game vs. Tampa was postponed, will be skipped in the rotation and not pitch in upcoming four-game series vs. the Blue Jays.
Clay Buchholz will start on Friday against Toronto, followed by Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Lackey -- 1-1 with a 15.58 ERA in two starts this season -- will make his next start on Tuesday vs. the Athletics, the first game of a nine-game road trip for the Sox.
"Basically, Lackey is missing a turn so we don’t have to try to have guys going on a week’s rest. It’s not perfect for him. We’ll try to map it out where it helps him," Francona said. "But rather than have five guys really pushed back too much, we’ll take one start and let Lack start the game out in Oakland where he’s had a lot of success."
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