As Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse University on an unexpected journey through the NCAA Tournament towards the school's lone national championship in 2003, Jeff Green was among those paying attention.

In high school at the time, Green saw the same thing most NBA fans see on a nightly basis from the current New York Knicks standout - a player who can dominate games and has the ability to carry his team further than most expect.

While the respect for Anthony is there, Green fully understands his job will be to make sure Anthony doesn't add to those memories of deep postseason journeys as the Boston Celtics gear up for a first-round playoff series against the New York Knicks beginning this weekend.

Yes, the Celtics still face the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday and then the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

And while those games are important in terms of helping improve the team's rhythm heading into the playoffs, Green knows his match-up with Anthony will be among the keys to the series.

"It's a tough match-up for anybody," Green said. "I'll be ready to play, and try to make everything tough on him. That's about it."

Green's efforts in defending Anthony will be aided by a strong game offensively, with Anthony more likely to match up against Green than Paul Pierce.

In four games against New York this season, Green has averaged 17.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 38.5 percent on 3's - all better than his season averages in those respective categories.