You stay classy Boston: Celtics eliminated as fans chant ‘Honey Nut Cheerios’ [Video]

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) is congratulated by guard/forward J.R. Smith (8), guard/forward Iman Shumpert (21) and forward/center Kenyon Martin (3) during the second quarter in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) is congratulated by guard/forward J.R. Smith (8), guard/forward Iman Shumpert (21) and forward/center Kenyon Martin (3) during the second quarter in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

There was never any doubting the fact that these two teams just plain old don’t like each other. When the Boston Celtics stumbled towards the middle of the regular season, star forward Kevin Garnett and his teammates found themselves on a collision course with a New York Knicks squad that, for what it lacked in postseason experience, it more than made up for in confidence. The proud Celts wound up as a seven-seed, set to square off against the second-seeded New Yorkers.

Yes, coach Mike Woodson’s Knicks crew included longtime NBA vets and title winners Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler, but all eyes were on superstar Carmelo Anthony.

And his wife, La La Anthony.

Garnett, during the regular season, stoked what sounded like a literal fire under Carmelo when he told Anthony that the love of his life tasted like “Honey Nut Cheerios.”

Classy.

At first, it looked like that line, while brutal, was going to be forgotten. As the Knicks built a three games to nothing advantage in their best-of-seven playoff series, it looked like the subject of La La was going to be kept where it belonged: Off the court and away from the game itself.

But then a funny thing happened. The Celts actually started hitting shots. As their hubris grew, so did the volume of their trash talking — with La La and “Honey Nut Cheerios” being the most oft-used phrases of the Boston fan base.

Two wins later, the series was moving back to Boston for Game 6; all the momentum was in the Celtics’ favor and one win would put Garnett and Co. at an improbable 3-3 tie and the chance to make history. Never has a team won a playoff series after trailing 3-0.

Let’s fast forward even more. Boston’s fans literally did the trash-talking for the team, screaming “Honey Nut Cheerios” from every seat in the building.

Video courtesy Point Forward

Not that it mattered. Melo scored 21 points to lead the way as the Knicks staved off a late rally to win, 88-80, sending Boston home along with their fans.

Obviously, Melo was going to downplay the La La talk after the win, but the folks over on Twitter had a few ideas as to what he should do to shove the win back in their faces.

Here are some of the best “Honey Nut Cheerios”-related tweets we found.