The Boston Celtics have existed as a hypothetical for most of the past year. Gordon Hayward was injured on opening day last season, and will not be available for Brad Stevens and company this evening after playing against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Kyrie Irving missed the postseason. And as their team embarked upon a surprise run through the playoffs, the entire story was based on the players who weren’t there. How good could they have been with Hayward and Irving in the fold?
We are about to find out as Saturday night the Celtics will take the floor against another one of their Atlantic Division rivals in the New York Knicks in a matchup which will have the eyes of many NBA fans on it.
With these two longtime rivals just hours away from the opening tip, we have provided fans with a look at the expected starters on both sides of the equation as the Celtics and Knicks put in their final preparations prior to the opening tip at Madison Square Garden where the opening tip is scheduled for 7: 30 PM ET.