Harris DeckerAs we get down to the final few games of the season, the Knicks are trying to latch onto the 8th and final playoff position. While they may be able to catch the Hawks, getting past them is the true key because of the tiebreaker scenarios outlined by the NBA.
The first tiebreaker is the head-to-head record. This year, the Knicks and Hawks split their season series at two games a piece. Next up are the records within the conference. As of this morning, the Knicks are 21-24 against the east while the Hawks are 21-21.
In April, the Knicks will face seven games left against teams from the east and they represent the cream of the east coast crop. The Hawks on the other hand play 9 games in the conference and face a much easier schedule overall. Given the remaining games, it will be impossible for the Knicks to reach the playoffs in a tiebreak scenario. They must pass the Hawks.
In order to make the playoffs, the Knicks need to not only catch the Hawks, but get past them. If they’re unable to do so, the Knicks will find themselves on the outside looking in. It’s put up or shut up time for the 2013-14 Knicks as they try to send Mike Woodson out on a high note and reach the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.