The New York Knicks will have an opportunity to get back in the playoff hunt this week, as they continue their home stretch with three more matchups against Eastern Conference opponents.
Maybe my glass is half full, but I think last week was the one that will ultimately spring the Knicks in to the playoffs. Melo’s 62-point performance was a much needed boost for the team and is something his teammates can feed off of for weeks to come. I don”t think his will to win will ever be questioned by this fan base again. The beginning of the week was a total disaster, but because of one night, all is forgiven.
In case you missed any of the action last week, here are the quick versions:
Tuesday – 7:30pm (MSG) – vs. Boston
The Knicks are 0-2 against the Celtics so far this season, but will no doubt be looking for revenge after Boston embarrassed them at Madison Square Garden back in December. The rivalry isn’t really the same since the old timers took their talents to Brooklyn, but every divisional game is a must win for the Knicks.
Thursday – 8:00pm (TNT) – vs. Cleveland
I’m not sure how this made it to national television, but nonetheless, it will be an intriguing test against a team right next to the Knicks in the standings. Given New York’s trouble defending the backcourt, Kyrie Irving will probably put on a show for a Cleveland team trying to prove they deserve more national attention.
Saturday – 8:30pm (ESPN) – vs. Miami
This one’s for all the out-of-towners looking to kill time before the Super Bowl. In a matchup that’s sure to be packed with celebrities, the Knicks look to knock off the defending champs for the second time this season.