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New York vs. Boston in another sport, Pierce says this could be fun

Apr 13, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

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New York and Boston do not like each other.

Their baseball rivalry can at times dominate the sport (and your television, even if you’re just trying to get other scores). The Bruins and Rangers are original six, old-school hockey rivals. I wouldn’t be shocked if the New York Philharmonic and Boston POPS have street fights (which probably look a lot like West Side Story fights).

Basketball? Meh. They haven’t faced off in the playoffs in 21 years and in recent years when one franchise is good the other has been a doormat.

But they face off in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs starting this weekend, and Paul Pierce is looking forward to it, he told CSN New England.

“I think it’s going to be fun,” said Pierce. “You definitely have that rivalry in baseball. Maybe we can spark a rivalry there in basketball. You’ve got two cities who are close, next to each other, great sports towns. I think it’s going to be great for the game.”

“It’s going to be a very interesting series,” said Pierce. “I know everybody’s going to tune in to watch it. I know this is going to be as exciting as probably that series versus the Lakers last year, or even the series we had [two years ago] versus the Bulls. I think it’s going to be very exciting for the fans to watch.”

As exciting as the NBA finals? Really?

And Boston had better hope it’s not as exciting as that Bulls series a couple years back, where Chicago pushed Boston to the limit. The older, veteran Celtics need to get through the first round as quickly and painlessly as possible — Miami is waiting on the other side of New York (sorry Philly) with younger legs and some real elite players to challenge the Celtics defense. Boston getting pushed in the first round takes more out of them for the second round.

Don’t expect Wednesday night’s Boston/New York game to be any kind of playoff preview. Boston will not have Shaquille O’Neal and Delonte West, and both teams are expected to play their bench guys big minutes. Think of this more as a game to see what guys will make the end of the playoff roster and not a series preview.

  1. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Apr 13, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    With the 2-9 Red Sox sucking wind and after the Jets pounding the Patsy’s on their home terf, Bandwagon Nation will be looking for something positive to cling to.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      oh my god, they will kill you in Boston, don’t ever go there, please.

      Phil Jackson told the Lakers once while in Boston ” please be careful out there, it’s a bad place”…..

      • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:37 PM

        with nasty people”

        I have a good laugh at that.

  2. dysraw1 - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    i have hated the celtics 4 a long time, since the day of havlichec[not sure about spelling] & dave cowens. sure theres a rivalry. in fact pick any team in beantown there bit of something going between them and ny

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