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“Yeah. That’s cool. I thought they wore that last game too,” Jason Terry said yesterday of the Martin comment.
“For us it don’t change whether they wear white, pink, blue, black, green — it’s Game 7 for us. We know what mindset we have to be in. You lose, you’re going home. That’s what it is.”
The Knicks sure are a confident bunch. They are just the type of team that you could enjoy seeing go through a monumental collapse, ala 2004 New York Yankees. The team talks a good game for a team that is built around Carmelo Anthony and a bunch of role players. It isn’t like they are the Heat or Thunder who were built around two or three superstars. The Knicks have one superstar and complimentary pieces around him. To make matters worse, it isn’t the superstar doing the talking either.
On Tuesday, Knicks’ JR Smith came out and expressed that if he had played Game 4, the Knicks would be golfing right now waiting for Round 2. Kenyon Martin told New York fans to wear black, for a funeral. Smith has been especially vocal throughout the series, but its comments like this that motivate a team. Remember in 2004 when Kevin Millar kept saying “Don’t let us win this one” during pregame warmups? Well, the Knicks should focus less on the chatter and more on not letting the Celtics win this one. A win here and the Celtics have a home game 6, and anything happens after that. Momentum is a funny thing, and the worst team to give momentum to is a group of veterans that are on their last run.
Boston Globe: Kevin Garnett won’t buy into retirement talk | Boston Globe: Celtics Notebook- JR Smith’s return changes things | Boston Globe: J.R. Smith elbows way back into NY mix | ESPN Boston: KG’s last legs? | ESPN Boston: Practice leftovers- C’s are colorblind | ESPN Boston: Knicks’ Smith- Series over if I play Game 4 | CSNNE: Celtics look to build off Game 4 win | CSNNE: Nobody better suited to be first than Collins