Celtics look to race Knicks to the finish

Boston's plan to pick up pace against New York has proved successful in past

Updated: April 17, 2011, 2:13 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

WALTHAM, Mass. -- With apologies for the pun, the Boston Celtics' declaration that they want to push the pace at the start of the postseason runs counter to everything you'd expect from a team about to lock horns with Mike D'Antoni's seven-seconds-or-less Knicks.

Let's start with the basics: The Knicks finished with the third-highest average of possessions per game at 95.6 this season (a virtual tie with No. 2 Denver), while Boston ranked 22nd out of 30 teams at 90.4 (well below the league ...

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