Knicks trying to push for another playoff appearance

The Koala February 26, 2014 0


With the second half of the regular season getting underway the New York Knicks find themselves on the outside looking in on the Eastern Conference playoffs. They need to start winning and what better time than tomorrow night’s game with the hated Miami Heat. LeBron James and company open as 10 point favorites with a total of 201.

Not the cupcake you want to start your playoff push with, but if you want any part of postseason play you are going to have to win games like this. If you want a little more check out where you can read up on why this is a key game for the Knicks if they want to see their playoffs hopes continue.

According to John Hollinger over at ESPN. the Knicks as of today only have a 18.1% chance to make the second season. And with the off the court problems of Raymond Felton and injury to Iman Shumpert things really couldn’t get any worse for the team from The Big Apple.

Would firing Mike Woodson do the trick? Probably not. I think where it starts is with the players on the court. Carmelo Anthony seems to just be gunning for the scoring title, J.R. Smith’s jump shot disappeared, and Amar’e Stoudemire has become nothing more than a role player. These things will have to change.

The sportsbooks in Las Vegas don’t give the Knicks a shot. Check out the odds to take home the title. They’re sitting at 100/1.

Miami Heat 9/4
Indiana Pacers 5/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 15/4
San Antonio Spurs 10/1
Los Angeles Clippers 12/1
Houston Rockets 16/1
Golden State Warriors 18/1
Portland Trail Blazers 18/1
Brooklyn Nets 66/1
Chicago Bulls 66/1
Dallas Mavericks 66/1
Memphis Grizzlies 66/1
Toronto Raptors 66/1
New York Knicks 100/1
Phoenix Suns 100/1
Washington Wizards 100/1
Atlanta Hawks 150/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 150/1
Denver Nuggets 150/1
Detroit Pistons 150/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 150/1
Boston Celtics 500/1
Charlotte Bobcats 500/1

At this point you can’t even call them the best team in New York. That distinction belongs to the Brooklyn Nets.

There is still plenty of time for things to change. But Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Tim Hardaway Jr, and company are going to have to start playing as a cohesive unit. This three game stretch against the Heat, Golden St Warriors, and Chicago Bulls will say a lot. Does this team have any fight left or are they just playing out the string.

Will the Knicks make the playoffs? Only time will tell. All we can do is sit back and watch the story unfold.

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