Tonight the Knicks will host the last regular season game in Madison Square Garden against Lob Cities Finest, Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers lost to the Hawks made the Clippers the second best team in California for the time being. The Knicks need to come out in this game with a momentum to want to control the game. If the Knicks want to face an opponent that will give them a better chance of reaching the 2nd round then the Miami Heat, the Knicks will have to set the tone early to better their chances of possibly clinching the 6th seed. So they need to treat tonight like a playoff game.
Well it’s not where Knicks fans necessarily want to be however, the Knicks are not on the outside looking in. The Knicks are projected to be the 7th seed in the playoff and potentially will play the Miami Heat in the playoffs. However, there are some circumstances that may be able to help the Knicks get out of the first round. Such as if the Orlando Magic lose their final two games and the Knicks win their final two games the NY Knicks will move up to the 6th seed and end up playing the Indian Pacers. The Knicks finished the season series with Indiana 2-1. Another situation which could be in favor of the Knicks is if the Miami Heat win their next two games and the Chicago Bulls lose their next two games the Bulls will fall to the 2nd seed and the Knicks would be their opponent. Although the Bulls won the season series 3-1 the Bulls have more flaws the the Heat do and the Knicks have a better chance to get to the 2nd round. But the Knicks will only go as Far as Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire will take them.
After losing the heart breaker and giving the game to the Indian Pacers yesterday the Knicks have a 1.5 game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks with only 12 games remaining in the season. Our biggest question for Knicks fans would be is this going to be our State Of Emergency, should we be very worried now because a game when your up by 15 and lose and allow a team to score 40 points in one quarter a lot of emphasis need to be put back on defense and do the Knicks really want to just be ok with the 8th seed. The Knicks are in the position to move up the standings and possibly win the division but the Knicks need that cohesiveness and the will to want to do better than to just make it into the playoff and possibly make it out the first round.
The Knicks played a stellar game against the Orlando Magic tonight. Slightly gaining ground on the division leading 76ers by 2.5 games. The Knicks got contributions from Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert both scoring 25 points helping the Knicks rout the Magic 108-86. Steve Novak also contributed by adding 16 points off the bench. The Knicks scored an incredible 21 straight points on there way to blowing out the Magic. The Knicks are now above 500. and are clicking very well under coach Mike Woodson.
Well it’s official Amare Stoudemire will miss tonight game against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. However, that is not even the end of it our STAT will miss the next 2-4 weeks in the season due to a bulging disk in his back. The antagonist to the Knicks playoff hopes last year. So reassuringly we can see that Amare will be out until the playoffs so Knicks fan lets hope Linsanity will rise up again during this time of need.
After receiving news of Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin sitting this game out, the Knicks found themselves a game and a half in front of the Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth spot in the playoffs. The Knicks have gotten back to their winning ways after they lose to the Toronto Raptors ending their sixth game winning streak. Tonight we seen a different side of Carmelo Anthony the one Knicks fan really enjoyed. Anthony finished the night with 28 points and 12 rebounds a monster performance. New York will try and continue to pursue their playoff hopes with a game against Orlando on the 28th. I don’t know what Mike Woodson put in the water but they better keep Mike’s secret stuff.
Now the real test for the Knicks is going to be tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers. Mike woodson takes his newly reformed New York Knicks on a four game winning streak to try and defeat the Atlantic divisin leading 76ers. Will we se the same New York Knick defense that has been their previous opponents by 12 points or more. Knicks defense have beefed up and they are ready to prove a point in the NBA and Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony are leading the charge. So tune in tonight game time begins at 7pm, Let’s get excited for our Knicks.