GREENBURGH, N.Y. – The Knicks may be up, 2-0, in their first-round playoff series against the Celtics, but they certainly weren’t acting overconfident on Thursday. As they keep repeating, those two games were in Madison Square Garden and, so far, they’ve only held on their home court.
“Boston is a talented team,” said guard Jason Kidd. “We’ve got to find a way to win on the road, and we know that they’re going to come with their best game tomorrow night. We’re not looking to go 3-0 — we’re just trying to find a way to win on the road.”
The Knicks will get their chance at TD Garden Friday, as the Celtics play at home for the first time in two weeks.
“After Game 1, we had to act as if we were down one,” Kidd said. “And in that second half, that third quarter, we acted as if we needed to win that game. That’s the same approach we’ve got to take in Game 3. We’ve got to act as if we’re down.”
Though no NBA team has come back from a 3-0 series deficit – something that’s all too close for the Celtics – the Knicks said they just want to get through Friday night. That’s the focus.
“We’ve got to go down there and play 48 minutes solid,” coach Mike Woodson said. “There’s no easy wins on the road. The two games here were tough games. I don’t see it changing once we get to Boston.”
Meanwhile, the Knicks are trying to get Tyson Chandler back to full strength, as he didn’t play well in the first two games coming off a neck injury.
“Tyson is a major piece to this puzzle,” Woodson said. “The fact that he was off – he’s lost a little weight, and we’re trying to get his strength back up. When that happens, it’ll grow.
“He made some major steps the other night, I thought. He’ll continue to get better. I’m not really concerned about Tyson.”