The New York Knicks played themselves out of the playoff hunt last week, and with four matchups against some of the league’s best upcoming, they may have trouble getting back in.
Leading into last week, all eyes were on the countdown to the NBA’s trade deadline, but Thursday came and went without any action from the Knicks. However, that was probably more attributed to Iman Shumpert’s injury than anything else. The Knicks foolishly trotted out their best trade asset on Wednesday night, and while he went down with “only” a sprained ligament in his left knee, teams were hesitant to gamble on someone who was awaiting MRI results as the deadline crept closer.
On the court, the team was just as disastrous. The Knicks went 1-3 last week, but probably could have won all four games. All three losses were the result of blown second half leads. The only player who looked consistently determined was Carmelo Anthony, who put up an average of 35.8 points over those four contests. Unfortunately, his supporting cast failed to help him out. He mentioned last week that his number one option is to stay in New York, but at this point, even the fans wouldn’t blame him for leaving. The Knicks started the week two and a half games out of the eight-seed in the East, but that has now ballooned to five and half. It’s hard to see things getting any worse than they are right now, but never put it past the Knicks. Even Tyson Chandler found a new way to block shots.
In case you missed any of the action last week, here are the quick versions:
Knicks 98, Pelicans 91
Things won’t get any easier for the Knicks this week. They’ll have a chance to prove themselves to the whole country with four nationally televised matchups (on four different networks for that matter) against sure-to-be playoff opponents, but I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. At the very least, the whole country will be able to see what Knicks fans have been put through all season long. If they play how they ended last week, things could get ugly.
Monday – 7:30pm (MSG, NBATV) – vs. Dallas
The Knicks beat the Mavericks in Dallas back when they were a “new team” at the beginning of 2014. Unfortunately, that Texas Triangle trip looks like the pinnacle of New York’s season.
Thursday – 8:00pm (TNT) – at Miami
These two teams have split their season series so far, but the Knicks have surprisingly had the Heat’s number over the last couple of years, at least in the regular season.
Friday – 8:00pm (ESPN) – vs. Golden State
The last time Steph Curry set foot in Madison Square Garden, he put up a dazzling 54-point performance. What does he have in store for us this time around?
Sunday – 1:00pm (ABC) – at Chicago
The Knicks have struggled to beat the Bulls in the past, with or without Derrick Rose. Or Michael Jordan for that matter