- Chris Forsberg, Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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* Is this series over? History says yes. The Celtics are 33-0 all-time when up 2-0 in a best-of-seven series, while the Knicks are 0-12 all-time when down 2-0 in a best-of-seven series.
* The last time that the Knicks won a postseason home game? It will be exactly 10 years to the day of Game 3. The Knicks last won a playoff game at Madison Square Garden on April 22, 2001 in a first-round series against the Toronto Raptors. ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy was the head coach and his starting five featured Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas, Latrell Sprewell, Allan Houston and fellow ESPN analyst Mark Jackson.
Two fun facts from ESPN researchers in advance of Friday's Game 3 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks:* Is this series over?