The Boston Celtics have a new concern in the Eastern Conference

The Boston Celtics are the clear-cut favorites to win the Eastern Conference this season. Brad Stevens’ summer moves to acquire Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday have ensured the Celtics are seen as legitimate championship contenders. However, the New York Knicks are rapidly emerging as a threat in the East, especially after an active January, where they acquired OG Anunoby, Alec Burks, and Bojan Bogdanovic.

Suddenly, there’s another contender in the East. The Knicks are built in Tom Thibodeau’s image. They’re built around stern, hard-nosed defenders with a sprinkling of scoring talent across every position. The Celtics will likely want to avoid a potential seven-game series against the Knicks, especially if it leads to multiple games in Madison Square Garden.

During a recent episode of “Ticket and the Truth,” Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce discussed the sudden rise of the Knicks and the fall of the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors. The former Celtics champions also touched on whether New York could potentially upset the Celtics to win the East this season.

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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire