The Knicks have been an up and down team this season but still find themselves in the playoff hunt. Can they make a run for the postseason?
Keeping the Hope Alive
After a 110-102 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers this past Sunday, The Knicks now have a 23-24 record. They hold the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference. The good news is that the Knicks are only a game out of the 8th spot. And they also ended a 3 game losing streak with that win. RJ Barrett is emerging as the driving force for this team and will need to continue doing so down the stretch. Throughout the last 10 games, Barrett has averaged 22.4 PPG while shooting 45.3% from the field and an impressive 42.1% from three point range. If Barrett keeps this kind of play up on a consistent basis, it can be the difference of the Knicks making or missing the playoffs.
Consistency is key!
Consistency has been an issue for this team all season. Whether it is players being out of the rotation due to injury, players not performing well, or just not being able to go on a lengthy win-streak, it’s been an uphill battle for this team throughout the year. In the previous 6 games before the Clippers win, the Knicks won and lost 3 consecutive games. With those losses coming at Madison Square Garden. With the Knicks next 3 games being on the road against some of the East’s elite, they will need to start taking it up a notch. Ultimately, due to how close the seeding is in the Conference, the Knicks still have a good chance to squeak into the playoffs. But they will have to start playing their best basketball of the season immediately.
Hopefully, Derrick Rose and Kemba Walker can eventually return to help this team out. But in the meantime, Coach Thibodeau has to find a way to get the best out of his players that he has available to him. It’s crunch time for this team.
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