The NBA is back, and New York Knicks fans are in for a treat with the team’s opening night matchup against the Celtics. Five months ago, Madison Square Garden was rocking during the playoffs, and that same energy will be present on Wednesday night.
New York ended the 2022-23 regular season with three consecutive wins over Boston, including two overtime victories. The Knicks’ win on March 5 was a double-overtime 131-129 win in a game without Jalen Brunson. Immanuel Quickley started and finished with a then career-high 38 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and four steals in 55 minutes.
Better yet, the last time the Knicks and Celtics met in a season-opener was in 2021-22, and that game ended with a double-overtime win. New York fans flooded the streets to celebrate the start of what unfortunately turned into a disappointing season.
Knicks beat Celtics in infamous double overtime 2021-22 opening night win
Ironically enough, Evan Fournier swished a go-ahead three-pointer in the Knicks’ 138-134 win over the Celtics, and he finished with 32 points (6-of-13 from deep) in his New York debut. He’s done well in games played against his former team, but barring a sudden change in heart from Tom Thibodeau, he’ll watch all 48 minutes (maybe more if another overtime is in the cards) from the bench.
Julius Randle was close to posting a triple-double, as he had 35 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds in 46 minutes. Jaylen Brown finished with 46 points in 46 minutes, but while Jayson Tatum had 20 points, he shot a horrid 7-of-30 from the field.
With the exception of Brown’s 46 points, it’d be great for the Knicks to replicate a similar result tonight. This go-round, New York will have Jalen Brunson, who could easily be the team’s leading scorer against Boston to start 2023-24.
Maybe Wednesday will end with Knicks fans going wild outside of MSG again after a win against a Celtics team that’s predicted to represent the East in the NBA Finals. Based on the history between the two teams, don’t be surprised if the game’s tied at the end of regulation.