Harris DeckerThis is an interesting week for the Knicks and the Hawks. As I wrote about last week, the Knicks have four off days while the Hawks make up the two games that separated the team’s records. What sucks for the Knicks is that their competition this week has even less to play for.
Tonight, the Hawks face the Detroit Pistons, who have won just 28 games, good for eighth worst in the NBA. Tomorrow it gets even worse, as they take on the Boston Celtics who have lost eight in a row and have the fourth worst record in the league. Neither of these teams, the Pistons or the Celtics, should want to win. They are in tank mode and that could spell the end for the 2013-14 Knicks.
The Hawks play has been about as nauseating as the Knicks. The roller coaster season has continued as of late. They blew out the Pacers on Sunday but couldn’t keep it close against the Bulls earlier in the week. The wins are coming at the right time for the Hawks.
Now, theit magic number is down to three.
Any combination of three Hawks wins or Knicks losses and New York will be officially eliminated from the playoffs. As chance would have it, I’m guessing that somehow, someway, the Knicks will be able stay alive into next week. All I ask is that the knockout blow not come at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets, who they face one week from today.