1. SMALL IS BIG: The Knicks expect Pablo Prigioni back, which means going small with two point guards. Prigioni matches with Avery Bradley and Ray Felton shifts to guard 6-foot-7 Paul Pierce.

2. SIX TO ONE: J.R. Smith won sixth man honors Monday, but with the Celtics intent on controlling the Knicks’ pick-and-roll offense, the isolation ability of Smith is vital. After Carmelo Anthony, Smith is the next best offensive option for New York.

3. KEEP COOL: The Knicks know that Kevin Garnett can get under their skin and with the Celtics needing to break through on the road they expect more from Garnett — more offense and more offensive actions. The Knicks need to contain him and their emotions.