Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Woody: Best team I've coached on the road
By Jared Zwerling
In NBA history, teams that went up 2-0 in a playoff series had a .940 winning percentage (233-15). Since the league went to a seven-game first-round format in 2003, only eight times (out of 89) a team came back from a 2-0 deficit to win the series.
Heading into Boston for Game 3, Mike Woodson is very confident with his veteran bunch.
"This is the best team I've coached as a head coach from a road standpoint," he said on Wednesday. "That just says a lot for the guys in the locker room. ... It's not easy winning on the road. You've got to do everything perfect to win on the road, and if we're able to do that and keep it close and put ourselves in position, we'll have a legitimate shot."
In the Knicks' favor is that they won both times at the TD Garden this season. Overall, they're 9-2 all-time in best-of-seven series when leading 2-0. Also, it's been 44 years since the Celtics came back from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series.
Woodson and the team is expecting a very adverse playoff atmosphere on Friday night. The Celtics' loyal fan base could be even louder stemming from the emotions of the Boston bombings last week. Woodson said he'll discuss staying composed with his team.
"That's going to be a main focal point as we go in for Game 3," he said. "They're playing in front of their wonderful fans. We've got to go in and understand that, and just concentrate on basketball and playing a solid 48-minute ball game. It can't be nothing less than that. We can't get caught up in all the hoopla."
Woodson is also not getting caught up in the officiating, which Doc Rivers wasn't appreciative of after the Celtics' Game 2 loss, saying "I thought the fouls on Kevin [Garnett] were horrendous and had a huge effect on us."
Woodson responded on Wednesday, saying, "I'm not even going to go there. ... It's what it is. They let us play through it last night and you can always say that the fouls can go either way, but, hey, I try to let the officials do their thing, and I've got to worry about coaching."
Garnett picked up his fourth foul towards the start of the third quarter, forcing him to sit. That's when the Knicks went on a big run, attacking the basket better without the presence of the Celtics center.