The Knicks only play once this week before taking a break for the All-Star festivities, but given the question marks surrounding Mike Woodson’s job safety, things could get interesting.
The continued inconsistencies of the Knicks’ play was overshadowed by renewed rumors of Coach Woodson’s job security, but this past week was a microcosm of the season thus far. After an inexcusable loss to the league’s worst team, the Knicks sandwiched a picture perfect win in between two losses to Western Conference powerhouses in which they hung tight with before faltering down the stretch.
Outside of their win streak to start the new year and the extended losing streak before it, the Knicks have been a .500 team and look to be battling the Charlotte Bobcats for the eight-seed in the East. Yes, you read that right. A season after dominating their competition en route to a home two home playoff rounds, New York is fighting to stay afloat.
In case you missed any of the action last week, here are the quick versions:
Thunder 112, Knicks 100
The All-Star break seems like an opportune time for the Knicks to cleanse themselves of Woodson’s downfalls, so if it doesn’t happen by this weekend, he may be going down with the ship. Without a draft pick this year, it makes sense for the team to do all they can to get in to the big dance, so don’t be surprised to see heads roll. Herb Williams and Allan Houston are the top candidates to finish out the year.
Wednesday – 7:30pm (MSG) – vs. Sacramento
Hopefully, the Knicks can gain some momentum heading into the break. It’s sad that a one-game winning streak against the lowly Kings is considered as momentum, but at this point, every win counts. It won’t be easy against a new-look Sacramento squad led DeMarcus Cousins, who is by far this season’s biggest All-Star snub, and Rudy Gay, who torched the Knicks throughout all five minutes that he stayed in Toronto. You can also expect tons of boos, for Isaiah Thomas, son of one of the most infamous figures in Knicks history.