It’s an exciting week in New York sports with both the New York Rangers and the Brooklyn Nets entrenched in hard fought playoff series.
The Rangers will wrap up their series with the rival Philadelphia Flyers at some point this week, that much is for certain. The two teams play a pivotal game five at noon today at Madison Square Garden, then the series will shift back to Philadelphia for game six on Tuesday night, with a potential game seven to be played Wednesday night. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t pulling for a game seven as a casual fan of the game, but I’m sure the Rangers, and their fan base, are hoping to handle business on home ice this afternoon and follow it up by closing the Flyers out on Tuesday night.
Official NHL coverage of the series here.
The Nets also have a home game today, they will tip at the Barclays Center at 7pm in game four of their best of seven series with the Toronto Raptors with a chance to take a commanding 3-1 lead before the series heads back up north for game five on Wednesday night. This series has grown into much more of a physical battle than I anticipated, and I’m not complaining. The Nets have not played crisp basketball, but still hold the two games to one advantage three games in. They seem to be the better team in the series and with their age it would be beneficial for them to put this series away as quickly as possible to give the likes of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce as much rest as possible.
Official NBA coverage of the series here.