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Celtics want to get Garnett more involved, and the Knicks are expecting it

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    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) looks to pass as New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton (2) defends in the second half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball playoffs in New York, Saturday, April 20, 2013. The Knicks defeated the Celtics 85-78. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)The Associated Press

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    Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett. right, and teammates bow their heads during a moment of silence for those injured and killed in the Boston Marathon bombings before the start of Game 1 of an NBA playoff basketball game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)The Associated Press

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    Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass (30) grabs the ball in front of New York Knicks forward Kenyon Martin (3) during the first half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)The Associated Press

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    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, center, is sandwiched between New York Knicks forward Iman Shumpert, back, and center Tyson Chandler, foreground, during the first half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)The Associated Press

The New York Knicks not only expect a Boston adjustment, they can guess what it is.

The Celtics never could have accomplished so much over the last six years with as little as they got from Kevin Garnett on Saturday in their playoff opener. So when the teams return to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday for Game 2, Boston plans to feature much more of Garnett, along with the usual dose of Paul Pierce.

The response from the Knicks is basically: Go ahead.

Garnett was just 4 of 12 from the field in the Knicks' 85-78 victory on Saturday. Perhaps out of rhythm from his lack of game action down the stretch, he finished with eight points and nine rebounds and couldn't take advantage of Tyson Chandler's struggles.