Analyst Says NBA East Team ‘Can Defend Anyone’

Almost everyone agrees that the Boston Celtics are the best team in the Eastern Conference, but the big question is whether there is another team in the East that could keep them from reaching the NBA Finals.

That team could be the New York Knicks, who have risen from the ashes and established themselves as a strong and talented team.

A couple of trades this season have strengthened them offensively and built an identity as a team that will play tough defense and pound opponents on the scoreboard.

Pierre Andresen told “The Rally” that the Knicks can “defend anyone” and that their defense can take them far.

For many years, New York was a basketball laughingstock, as it made the playoffs only four times and won a playoff series between the 2001-02 and 2019-20 seasons.

But bringing in star Julius Randle in 2019 was the first step in turning things around, and they made the playoffs in his second season in town.

Last year, the Knicks finished fifth in the Eastern Conference and won just their second playoff series in over two decades, and now they’re poised to do perhaps even better this spring.