Tuesday NBA Roundup: Can Improved Knicks Return to the Playoffs This Season?

January 12th, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

The New York Knicks have seen more of the Boston Celtics over the years than they'd likely care to recall. In the nearly 70 years since these two original members of the Basketball Association of America—the precursor to the NBA—first faced off, the Knicks have won less than 40 percent of their games against their tormentors from Massachusetts.

The Knickerbockers' thrilling 120-114 win over the Celtics at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday won't put much of a dent in those all-time numbers. But for a New York team fresh off the worst season in franchise history, it was just the latest sign that the 2015-16 campaign, one already ripe with playoff hopes, could be the dawn of a more prosperous era.

That exciting present and promising future begins with a player unlike any who's ever taken the court in a Knicks-Celtics game: Kristaps Porzingis.

The lithe 7'3" Latvian came out firing from the jump. He connected on his first five shots and set new career highs for points in a quarter (16) and in a half (20), helped along by this three-pointer from across the Hudson River.

But a team's playoff m ...

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