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Is this team in danger of missing the playoffs?
Joe Caporoso - Despite being aware of how awful the Eastern Conference is…absolutely they are. Outside of a few stretches of mild competence, the Knicks have been one of the league’s worst teams this season. Over the past four games, they are getting completely blown out of the water. This is a team that cannot seem to find any type of consistency, rotation or accountability. There is more than enough dumpster fire potential with this ownership and roster, so a complete flameout cannot be considered out of the question.
Chris Celletti - I think the Knicks will ultimately make the playoffs, but I don’t think it’s a slam dunk by any stretch. Things can definitely get worse. As the calls to trade Carmelo Anthony so as to not lose him for nothing this offseason, or to unload the contract of Tyson Chandler while they can come through, it’s difficult to predict how the Knicks are going to respond. They’re a fragile bunch as is, and have proven to be a very streaky one. And if they continue to tune out Mike Woodson, it may force management to make a change as a last-ditch effort to save the season, much like in 2012 when Woodson tok over for Mike D’Antoni. That time it worked, but it may not this time around.
Kevin Smith - The New York Knicks are going to make the playoffs, but that’s more of a testament to the atrocity of the Eastern Conference than my actual confidence in the team. I like to think that a team that spends money on guys like Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and company can outdo some of these teams that are intentionally tanking, and eventually, the Bobcats and Derrick Rose-less Bulls should drop out of the hunt. At this point, a division title is probably out of the question, but there’s no reason why the Knicks can’t grab an eight-seed. The real goal, in order to avoid Miami or Indiana in the first round,is to to get up to the sixth.