2013 NBA playoffs opening weekend: Viewers guide for Saturday
Your viewer's guide to the Saturday games for the opening weekend of the 2013 NBA playoffs with Knicks-Celtics, Warriors-Nuggets, Bulls-Nets and Clippers-Grizzlies.
Why to watch: These are two of the biggest markets in the NBA with two of the oldest franchises that hold plenty of animosity toward each other. As the series goes along, there will be plenty of verbal barbs that spill over to the intensity on the court. You're going to see a battered defensive-minded Celtics team face off against a 3-point happy Knicks team that can overwhelm you with a flick of the wrist.
- The Kevin Garnett-Carmelo Anthony feud from earlier this season.
- Every celebration J.R. Smith can think of.
- Jason Terry's celebration he never makes anymore because he can't make big shots.
- The moments Kevin Garnett's talk around the rim is dropped from the broadcast.
- Avery Bradley pressuring Raymond Felton for 94 feet.
- The emotion Jeff Green brings on every dunk.
- Iman Shumpert's hair.
Sneaky key to Game 1: How do the Boston Celtics create turnovers against the Knicks? The Knicks had the lowest turnover rate in the NBA this year, and it's part of the reason they've been so successful. They may take bad shots at the rim, but they never shoot themselves in the collective foot. With Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley pressuring the backcourt of the Knicks, can they make Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd be sloppy with the ball and turn that into quick points the other way? Boston has to score a lot of points to keep up with New York and this may be the only way they can do it.
The two best point guards in the East go at it in a series sure to be filled with drama.
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