The New York Knicks will play two sets of back-to-backs and have a huge test on the road on Thursday against Indiana. Read on to see what else the team has on their plate for the upcoming week.
SWEEP! The Knicks won all three of their games last week, each against an Eastern Conference opponent. Don’t look now, but with 46 games left, the team is just four and a half games behind Toronto for the division lead, and a half game behind the Nets for a playoff spot. In reality, the Knicks should be shooting for a six-seed, in order to avoid playing Miami or Indiana in the first round.
In case you missed any of the action last week, here are the quick versions:
Monday – 7:30pm (MSG) – vs. Phoenix
The Suns are doing a terrible job of tanking. They currently sit at 21-15, good enough for a playoff spot in the rugged Western Conference, making this a much tougher matchup for the Knicks than it originally appeared to be.
Tuesday – 7:00pm (MSG) – at Charlotte
The Knicks split two games against the Bobcats at the beginning of the season (win, loss). Although Jordan’s team has shown some progress over the course of the year, they’re starting to fall back to Earth, which of course means that they’re tied with the Knicks in the standings. This matchup will be much cooler next year when Charlotte takes back the Hornets nickname.
Thursday – 7:00 (TNT) – at Indiana
The Knicks have another crack against the Pacers, after squandering a chance to beat them earlier in the year. This time, New York is playing much better ball, and you know the motivation factor will be there after being ousted by Indiana in last season’s playoffs. With a primetime matchup and a national audience, it’s time for the Knicks to shine.
Friday – 7:00pm (ESPN) – vs. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers easily handled the Knicks at home in their last meeting, but now they’ll have to take things to East Coast without their All-Star point guard. The Knicks need to take advantage of a banged up roster.