Hey Mike, just give Amare the damn ball

Knicks stopped Stoudemire more than the Celtics, and may lose the series as a result

Updated: April 18, 2011, 2:49 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

BOSTON -- As Chauncey Billups peg-legged it down the hallway, hobbling like a man who wouldn't be able to play a round of mini-golf in the next two weeks, never mind a round of the NBA playoffs, the quarterback embodied the state of his devastated team.

For seven-eighths of this Game 1 on the Boston Celtics' floor, the New York Knicks basked in unimagined glory. They were playing honest-to-God defense, drowning the Celtics in their own medicine, and fixing to secure their first playoff ...

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