The Boston Celtics have defeated the New York Knicks the last 12 times the two teams met in the Garden, but it might be difficult for them to improve that streak to lucky No. 13 when they meet in Boston on Friday night. Rajon Rondo is planning to play in the game, but it's unclear exactly how healthy he'll be after sitting out the past eight Celtics games with a wrist injury.
The first of two games on ESPN's Friday night lineup might not be the prettiest considering the possibly short-handed Celtics will be playing host to the Knicks, winners of just one of their previous five games. If Rondo is unable to go, it'll be a match-up at the point guard position between second-year guard Avery Bradley and rookie Iman Shumpert, a player who isn't quite ready for full-time ball-handling duties.
Aside from that, however, it'll be interesting to watch how the Knicks frontcourt co-exists. Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire each put up 26 field goal attempts on Thursday night, meaning getting shots up wasn't a concern, but neither player was able to lead the team to victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls.
It doesn't get much easier against the Celtics, either, considering they should be entering the game with some confidence after picking up a 100-64 victory over the Toronto Raptors the last time they hit the basketball court.
If Rondo is indeed able to return to the lineup, it could certainly spell trouble for the Knicks as it'll mean the Celtics will be healthy for the first time in a few weeks.