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NEW YORK — Perfect.
The Knicks are choking. They haven’t won a playoff series since 2000 and now they have a chance to be the first team in NBA history to blow a 3-0 series lead in a best-of-seven playoff. The wait of 13 years since their last victory in a playoff series has become the weight of the world.
Suddenly, Celtics-Knicks has morphed into Red Sox-Yankees, circa 2004. Carmelo Anthony is Alex Rodriguez. James Dolan is George Steinbrenner. Jason Terry is Dave Roberts and Doc Rivers is Terry Francona. We’re not quite sure yet who gets to play Curt Schilling with the bloody sock. Game 6 is Friday night on Causeway Street, and the Knicks are certain to be tight.