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Friday's Celtics-Knicks watch

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  April 19, 2013 10:15 AM

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fridaymelo.jpg Today's focus: The Celtics' chief concern this series has to be Carmelo Anthony, who wrapped up his first scoring title this week, averaging 28.7 points per game this season. Doc Rivers has said he'd like to use multiple defenders on Anthony. The guess here is Jeff Green will be the main defender, with Paul Pierce contributing. Rivers may also elect to play his "LeBron James" defense on Anthony -- letting Melo get his, so long as no one else does. Either way, Anthony, and not New York's 3-point shooting, is Boston's No. 1 priority.

Today's schedule: Celtics practice at 11:30 a.m.; Knicks practice at 11 a.m.

Stat of the day (via @MrTrpleDouble10): For the first time since the 2006-07 season, in which they tanked for a higher draft pick, the Celtics had a negative point differential.

Useful Twitter follow: New York Times NBA/Knicks reporter Howard Beck.

Injury update: Knicks backup point guard Pablo Prigioni is questionable for Game 1. Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Jason Kidd will not start in Game 1 but will come off the bench, meaning the Knicks won't start the series with a two-point guard lineup right off the bat.

View from behind enemy lines: Why Quentin Richardson helps the Knicks.
Thought-provoking read: The Knicks now have to face America's team.

Former Celtic-turned-Knick we'll miss the most: Rasheed Wallace, who retired Wednesday. Again.

Today's miscellany: The Las Vegas odds of winning the NBA title, via Bovada:

Miami Heat: 5/8
Knicks: 16/1
Nets: 60/1
Celtics: 66/1

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