GREENBURGH, N.Y. — In the wake of two straight losses after going up, three games to none, the Knicks still seem confident that they can win a game and close out the Celtics, even with the series heading back to Boston for Game 6.
And yet the Knicks are talking about having two games to finish off Boston — not exactly the best sign. Because, really, do they want to come back to Madison Square Garden for a winner-take-all Game 7?
“Our goal was to host first round and get out of the first round,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said at the team’s practice facility Thursday. “That hasn’t changed. We’ve got to figure out how we can win one game — one out of these two games — to advance to the next round.
“There’s a sense of urgency. It’s not going to be easy by any means going to Boston and getting a win there. But, again, we still control our own destiny. We have won in Boston, so we’ve got to see what we’re made of now.
“They came in here and took a game on our floor. We’ve got to go get it back.”
Raymond Felton, who was the Knicks’ lone bright spot on offense in Game 5, said, “There’s no panic on our end. We’re up, 3-2. We’ve just got to go try to close this thing out.”
And despite the Knicks’ stunt with their all-black, funeral-ready attire on Wednesday, Felton said he didn’t think the confidence of his team was a problem.
“There’s no need to get cocky,” he said. “I don’t think nobody is getting cocky on this team. We’re just trying to find a way to fight.”
It was a sentiment echoed by his coach.
“I think we’re still confident,” Woodson said. “We’re 3-2 in the series, and still facing a close-out game. So I feel pretty good about it, and our guys feel good. We’ve just got to go get back what we gave away last night.”