It’s been 16 years since the New York Knicks have won as many as eight games in a row. So you can’t be shocked when Paul Pierce laughed at the idea that the game between the Knicks and the Celtics, who are riding an 11-game win streak of their own, on Wednesday night is being considered a rivalry game.
“When the Knicks and the Celtics become a rivalry, I probably won’t be in the NBA,” said Pierce on ESPN. “It takes a few years for it to become a rivalry.”
The Knicks (16-9) haven’t been relevant in the NBA since 2004, but the additions of Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton to the up-tempo Knickerbockers has jump-started the dormant franchise, making this years meeting between the two squads finally interesting.
The Celtics (19-4) are without a true center on Wednesday night as Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal are both battling injuries and Kendrick Perkins will not be ready for game action until February. That means that Semih Erden will assume the duties as center for the C’s and will match up against Stoudemire.
Pierce has always delivered against the Knicks, stepping up his game at Madison Square Garden as the Celtic captain has average 26.2 points in his last six meetings with New York. But “The Truth” has struggled as of late, averaging 10.8 points in the last four games on 31.6 percent shooting.
So is Wednesday nights matchup a rivalry renewed or just a hyped up meeting that will prove who reigns supreme in the Eastern Conference of the NBA?
Tune in to see.