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Trailing 3-0, Celtics to try to put off the end in Game 4 against the Knicks on Sunday

  • Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, and Kevin Garnett sit on the bench during the fourth quarter of their 90-76 loss to the New York Knicks in Game 3 of a first round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston Friday, April 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, and Kevin Garnett sit on the bench during the fourth quarter of their 90-76 loss to the New York Knicks in Game 3 of a first round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston Friday, April 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7), Jason Kidd (5) and Raymond Felton (2) are congratulated by teammates including Iman Shumpert (21) while leaving the court during the fourth quarter of New York's 90-76 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of a first round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston Friday, April 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7), Jason Kidd (5) and Raymond Felton (2) are congratulated by teammates including Iman Shumpert (21) while leaving the court during the fourth quarter of New York's 90-76 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of a first round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston Friday, April 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) and Jeff Green head back up court during the fourth quarter of their 90-76 loss to the New York Knicks in Game 3 of a first round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Friday, April 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) and Jeff Green head back up court during the fourth quarter of their 90-76 loss to the New York Knicks in Game 3 of a first round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Friday, April 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)  (The Associated Press)

The Boston Celtics' quest for an 18th championship looks as if it will have to wait.

They are facing a 3-0 deficit in their first-round series against the New York Knicks, and no NBA team has overcome that.

So the Celtics are thinking much smaller than another title when they host Game 4 on Sunday.

Coach Doc Rivers says on Saturday that: "You've got to focus on the single game. You can't win four without winning one."

Even that looks tough for a Boston team that has been completely dominated. The Knicks want the sweep, which would put them in the second round for the first time since 2000.

If Boston wins, Game 5 would be Wednesday in New York.