Just got in from a great night at the Garden. You have to love the heart and energy that the Celtics reserves played with tonight. My friend Lisa and I were amazed at the enthusiasm of the fans in attendance this evening. You couldn't tell Celtics fans that tonight's game meant "nothing". This was a great confidence builder for the bench, and a great segue into the playoffs for a fan-base that has not had much to cheer about recently.
When you looked at everything from afar; no starters, Delonte out, no 'Melo and Chauncy for NYK, this looked like it would be a boring, snoozer of a game. Lisa and I also originally expected that on a rainy Wednesday night, alot of fans would not show up, and the ones that did would be reserved and or tired. But boy were we wrong.
The building was pretty full, a decent amount of Knicks fans showed up (and we were mean to a few) and there was actually a playoff atmosphere in the air. The crowd was loud and really enjoyed getting behind Avery Bradley, Sasha, Troy and the rest of the 2nd-stringers. The best part of the night though came when Amare Stoudemire left the game. He took off his jersey, hucked it towards a Knicks fan, but a female Celtics fan intercepted it. A guy in a Knicks t-shirt then tried to offer her cash for the jersey, but she completely ignored him. Sweet.
From the looks and feel of tonight's game and atmosphere, this series is going to be intense. I mean let's face it-New York and Boston despise each other. Especially in sports. I see a lot of trash-talk and scuffles erupting on the floor, in the stands and anywhere else you find Celtics and Knicks fans during these upcoming games. And if the intensity of this series favors anyone, it has to be Boston. This team has really struggled to find that fire lately. This could be just the spark they need. Glen Davis was quoted tonight as saying: "I'm excited man, 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. I'm starting my campaign for champagne, trying to get No. 18."
So get ready Celtics fans. Come Sunday night, the Garden is going to once again become "The Jungle". It will be loud, intense and the fans will be getting on the Knicks any and every way possible. I can't wait.