Knicks remain confident heading into Game 5

Knicks remain confident heading into Game 5
April 29, 2013, 9:30 am
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BOSTON — If you went into the Celtics locker room after their 97-90 win on Sunday, you'd see and hear a confidence bunch.

If you went across the hallway to the Knicks locker room, you'd see and hear an even more confident bunch. After all, they are the ones up 3-1 in the series.

And even though they lost a somehow-winnable Game 4, the fact that they split the series in Boston is a major plus, and enables them to seal the deal Wednesday in front of the home crowd.

"We have to be confident going back home," said Carmelo Anthony, who had 36 points Sunday. "We were confident here [Sunday]. We felt like we gave ourselves a shot to win the basketball game. They had the momentum going today. We fought back. I take my hat off to my guys as a team for fighting back and putting us in a position to actually win the game and send it into overtime. But those guys played extremely well today, and we look forward to bringing this game back home to [Madison Square] Garden Wednesday. [Madison Square] Garden will be rocking Wednesday, and we'll be prepared for that."

The TD Garden in Boston was rocking on Sunday, and with an unusually high number of Knicks fans in attendance - all loud - too.

If that's just a preview of the Knicks fandom that will be on display on Wendesday, the Celtics will be going into quite a hostile environment. They undoubtedly know this already.

"We're going back home," Raymond Felton said. "That's where we're comfortable at. That's back in our comfort zone, back in our building. We did our job when we came here and we got us a win. We'd like to have got both of those games but we got one game. That was our goal."

In fact, the Knicks weren't looking at Sunday's loss in much of a negative way at all.

"The fact that we came back from a 20-point deficit in their building shows a lot about our team," Felton said.

But while the Knicks seem to have all the confidence in the world still heading into Game 5, they better expect to see a Celtics team with everything to play for, and a win finally under their belts.

"We’ve just gotta come out with the same mindset that we had [Sunday]," Jeff Green said. "The pressure’s on them. They’ve gotta win the one game.  We’ve gotta come out and continue to play well. … We just gotta keep the pressure on them. Our defense was key. Like you saw tonight, we get stops, we get in transition, we get open threes, we get easy layups. So if we continue to do that it could turn into a wonderful series at the end."