T.G.I.M.! 4-25

Celtics secure the sweep.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

It wasn't pretty and it wasn't exactly by the book but the Boston Celtics did what they set out to do, they advanced to the next round of the playoffs. With a 101-89 win over the New York Knicks Sunday, the Celtics dusted off the brooms and swept the Knicks out of the Playoffs and now can enjoy at least a week of rest before facing what many are expecting to be the Miami Heat (who lost their close-out game Sunday but are still up 3-1 over the 76ers)

"It's what we expected coming in. We knew it wasn't going to be easy, obviously Games 1 and 2, but we found a way to put it away," Rajon Rondo said. "We haven't swept a team in a long time, so it's good feeling."

Rondo, the Celtics All-Star point guard, had struggled leading into the playoffs with inconsistency and a lack of focus but he emerges from round 1 of the playoffs the Rondo of old. He nearly doubled his per game point average, going from 10 in the regular season to 19 in round 1 as well as increased his assists per game (11 to 12) and rebounds (4 to 7).

Not bad for a guy that the Knicks coach, Mike D'antoni (who drafted Rondo when he was head coach of the Suns and then traded to Boston), said was merely a product of the all-star cast around him and wouldn't be so good on another team.

"He [Rondo] had a great feel for the team, which is great. Just like I said of [Jason] Varitek, he's really calling a great game for us," said coach Doc Rivers, who took the high road when asked if he was curious how Rondo would do elsewhere. "I'm more curious about getting four [wins]. I don't think a whole bunch about that . . . if there is a negative side I guess that would be it. That no matter how well you play, the question will be [there] and someday that will be answered."

For the Knicks, you can take a boatload of disappointment from this series. With the chance to win both games 1 and 2, the what if game is going to be in full swing this offseason. But with that being said, the future is bright for the organization. With a healthy Stoudemire and Anthony next season (presuming there is a next season) along with some smart roster moves, the Knicks could be a legit contender for the first time in ages.

"I think Mike [D'Antoni] is one of the best coaches in the game," Rivers added. "The addition of Carmelo [Anthony] is a huge addition for them. . . . Having [Amar'e] Stoudemire and Carmelo, that is two great pieces. They are going to keep adding. As long as people stay patient, it will work out."