Not all hope is lost for New York’s playoffs chances, but they’re going to need to run the table and bank on Atlanta losses if they want to get in. Here’s what both teams have going on this week.
If the Knicks don’t make the postseason, it won’t be because of last week. They split their four games, but there’s no shame in losing to the Heat or Wizards, both of whom will still be playing when things count most. That doesn’t take away the sting, especially considering that New York led for most of the game against Washington in Friday night. Prior to that game, Carmelo Anthony injured himself, making things that much tougher to overcome. J.R. Smith has stepped up nicely, but without their primary scorer, things won’t come easy for the Knicks.
In case you missed any of the action last week, here are the quick versions:
The Knicks currently sit two games behind the Hawks, but three in the loss column. To put it simply, New York is going to need some help. Here’s what the Hawks have on tap for this week:
Tuesday – vs. Detroit (7:30)
Wednesday – vs. Boston (7:30)
Friday – at Brooklyn (7:30)
Saturday – vs. Miami (7:30)
As for the Knicks
Friday – 7:30 p.m. (MSG) – at Toronto
The Knicks play Toronto twice in a six-day span. It’s probably killing Andrea Bargnani that he’ll have to miss both of them.
Sunday – 7:30 p.m. (MSG) – vs. Chicago
The last time these two teams met up, the Bulls wiped the floor with the Knicks on national television. If New York loses again this time, they can kiss the playoffs goodbye.