Much like how New York played during the 2010-11 regular season — from quarter-to-quarter and game-to-game — the playoff version of the Knicks’ demise was appropriately comprised of fits and starts, breakthroughs and collapses, and the ever-present ifs and buts.
The flawed franchise — with its flawed owner, flawed coach, and flawed pairing of two flawed superstars — was taught a lesson by the Celtics on team cohesion, singularity of purpose, and having the will to get things done.
Surely things could have been different.
An injured knee and a balky back here, a consistent official and on-point coach there, and perhaps the Knicks are up 3-1 in the series, with legions of schoolgirls singing “Landry is Dandy” on the way to class tomorrow morning.
But it wasn’t meant to be.
The Celtics stomped on the Knicks for just about three and a half quarters today at the Garden, and despite the best of intentions, it’s an early summer for hoops in the NYC.
Much more tomorrow and in the coming days, but despite the gloom and doom, the Knicks and their fans have a lot to be proud of.
The New York Knickerbockers — undoubtedly one of the NBA’s flagship franchises — are relevant again. And that, my friends, is a better end to the season around here than there has been in a long time.