The Celtics hold a 17-2 edge over the Knicks in franchise championships, and their most recent playoff series was similarly lopsided, with Boston sweeping the supposedly improved Knicks in four games. The last time the Celtics played the Knicks in the postseason prior to that, Larry Bird (left) was in the twilight of his career. New York rallied from a 2-0 deficit in that 1990 series and won Game 5, in the process breaking a 26-game losing streak at Boston Garden. With Patrick Ewing in the middle, the Knicks became one of the league's best teams in the mid 90s. Without Bird, the Celtics faded into relative obscurity in the 90s and early 2000s before finally claiming the franchise's 17th NBA title in 2008.