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Friday, 03 May 2013 12:23

Can the Celtics recreate Boston sporting history?

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Less than a week ago, the Boston Celtics trailed 3-0 in the series against age-old rivalries, the New York Knicks. Instead of submitting to defeat, the Celtics moved a step closer to doing the unthinkable when on Wednesday night they defeated the Knicks 92-86 in Game 5 of their best-of-seven series. Trailing 3-2, the Celtics will show their worth tonight in Boston in Game 6 and if they win, will play on Sunday – doing the extraordinary. The odds were and are certainly against the Boston team. Celtics coach Doc Rivers looked at the cities’ other sporting rivalry: baseball. He talked to the team about the Red Sox and their comeback against the New York Yankees in the 2004 AL championship series. Celtics guard Jason Terry invoked former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar and said, “If we win this next game, then anything's possible.” Terry said the inclination to fold was possible but “But nobody in here is going to quit.” And the Celtics certainly have not given up, even though in the beginning of Wednesday’s game, Boston's victory seemed unlikely. A New York blowout seemed to be in the making as the Knicks opened the game with an explosive 11-0 run. But just as the Red Sox went on to beat the Yankees after losing the first three games of the series, and then went on to take the World Series, if the Celtics can take another win tonight, history is in the making. 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. Excitement is fever pitch and sports fans are placing their bets. Click here to visit. Can the Celtics do the unthinkable? The Celtics have won an NBA-record 17 titles, the last in 2008 – fairly recent history in comparison to their baseball counterparts whom were suffering from an 86-year title drought. Instead, 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.

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