Harris DeckerThere’s a funny thing taking place at the bottom of the Eastern Conference right now. While teams like the Spurs, Heat and Thunder are preparing their playoff rosters and fine tuning their rotations, the Knicks and Hawks are fighting for the 8th and final playoff spot. The trouble is, neither team seems interested in the prize.
The Hawks have now dropped six straight games, falling to the Wizards last night 101-97. That puts their record at 31-41. They are in free fall. Unfortunately, the same can be said about the team chasing them. After their loss on Friday to the Suns, the Knicks fell to 30-43. They have lost three of their last four and don’t seem very interested in knocking the Hawks out of the playoff picture. This is truly a battle for the bottom.
This morning, Sunday March 30, the Knicks wake up just 1.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot. Later this evening they will take on the Golden State Warriors, one of the best teams in the Western Conference. They come in winners of four of five and that one loss came to the first place San Antonio Spurs.
Where does it all lead to?
In the NBA, the playoff picture is often easy to read. Take this year for example. We all expect the Pacers and Heat to meet in the Eastern Conference Finals. But that’s what you have to love about sports. Anything can happen.
Is it likely that the Knicks make the playoffs as the eight seed and make a miraculous run towards the conference finals? Nope. But could it happen? Absolutely. It’s about getting into the tournament and seeing what can happen. Here’s to a big win against the Warriors and building up some momentum before a very tough April schedule.