Wednesday, December 15, 2010
12/15/2010 10:01:00 AM | Posted by Jacob Noble | Edit Post
With the recent discussion of the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks being a rivalry, I decided to do a little research to determine if this is a rivalry or not, at least in recent years. We all know about the
New York and rivalry that stems from the Red Sox and Yankees, and more recently Jets and Patriots. When talking about basketball though, that is a different story. Boston
“It’s a rivalry?” Paul Pierce said. “You all are letting me in on all the new stuff. I didn’t know we had a rivalry going.”
“I don’t know what that is, the whole rivalry thing, because it really hasn’t been one,” Doc Rivers coach of the Celtics said. “We both were bad for a while, we’ve been good for a while. The two teams haven’t exactly matched for a long time.”
Both teams were pretty bad from 2001-2006, with the Knicks continuing to be bad until this season in which they have a 16-9 record. Having said this, bad teams don’t make for rivalries, as no one can remember any memorable games between the two, nor can anyone think of any high stake games such as playoff series.
This is what Wiki had to say on the NBA Rivalry, as you can see, they don’t really state that it is a rivalry except for the basic location facts should imply it would be one.
Boston Celtics vs. Knicks New York
These are two of the only remaining teams from the original 1946 NBA (the other is the Golden State Warriors, who, while in Philadelphia, were also great rivals with both teams; both rivalries died down once the Warriors moved west).
This rivalry attributes and stems from the rivalry between
New York City and , as well as the bigger Yankees – Red Sox rivalry in Major League Baseball. The fact that Boston and New York City are only three and a half hours away also contributes to the Knicks-Celtics rivalry, which is also seen between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots in the National Football League and Boston Bruins-New York Rangers in the NHL. Boston
Below is the head to head records with the points scored each season between these two ball clubs, as you can see the Celtics have won 30 out of the last 41 games verses the Knicks, and average almost 6 points per game more. Granted that beat down of 104-59 (Boxscore) inflated the stats a little bit.
Clearly, Paul Pierce is right when he was confused as to why this was viewed as a Rivalry for the up coming game. However, do not be surprised is this match up becomes a rivalry in the near future.