The 2011 NBA Playoffs schedule for Game 1s of the Eastern Conference's first round have been announced, and the Boston Celtics will host the New York Knicks on Sunday, April 17, at 7 p.m. ET at TD Garden. TNT and local cable partners will broadcast the game. The Celtics and Knicks are the final East teams to get started, as the other three series tip off on Saturday.
The extra rest should help weary Boston, one of the oldest teams in the NBA and a squad that leans heavily on its veteran stars. Coach Doc Rivers began the rest period early, sitting all four Boston All-Stars -- Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo -- in the Celtics' Monday game against the Wizards with the East's No. 2 seed still on the line. The C's lost, and landed at No. 3.
Amar'e Stoudemire has been resting for the Knicks, sitting in New York's previous three games. He played huge minutes in the first half of the season as the Knicks pushed for the team's first playoff bid since 2004.
In the NBA playoffs, there are no back-to-backs, and teams will frequently see two days of rest between games within a single series.