Only three times in NBA history has a team rallied from an 0-3 deficit to even force a seventh game: the Knicks did it in 1951 against the Rochester Royals, the Denver Nuggets came back against Utah in ‘94 and Portland did against Dallas in 2003. All of them lost in the seventh game.
If the Celtics can win Game 6 on Friday night in Boston, the decisive seventh game in New York on Sunday. Garnett said there won’t be any consolation in just making it close
“Next game we lose, this is it,” he said. “So I don’t know what everybody is talking about getting comfortable or feeling good. It’s not like we evened it up and we’re going back home. We’re down 3-2. So I don’t know what being comfortable is about.”
The Celtics have won an NBA-record 17 titles, the last in 2008, so they don’t have nearly the baggage of the Red Sox team that was trying to end an 86-year title drought. In fact, it’s the Knicks who are struggling against history: They haven’t won a playoff series since 2000, and their last championship came in 1973.
So most of the pressure would seem to be on them.
“We didn’t get it done last night, and the mood of the team is that ‘Hey, there’s a sense of urgency,’” coach Mike Woodson said. “It’s not going to be easy by any means going to Boston and getting a win there, but again, we still control our own destiny. We have won in Boston, so we’ve got to see what we’re made of now.”