If the Knicks can make the dance, they’re capable of making noise

Sam Spiegelman

“I still believe that if we get in, somebody’s going to be in trouble,” Tyson Chandler said after the New York Knicks defeated the Utah Jazz to remain one game back of the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Chandler has a point, and it’s not only a testament to the Knicks pulling off a successful West Coast swing but largely due to the horrific play of the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat.

Tyson Chandler, Beno Udrih, Luc Mbah a MouteIndiana, which stood atop of the East for most of the season, has lost six of its last eight games and owned an 8-10 mark in March, and now trail the Heat by one game in the loss column after dropping one to the San Antonio Spurs last night.

The Heat, with Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen in and out of the lineup, have pulled off three consecutive wins, but have made a habit out of dropping games they should win by 10.

Interestingly enough, the Knicks have been competitive with both teams after the All-Star Break. On March 19, the Knicks showed off their defensive intensity with a 92-86 victory over the Pacers in Madison Square Garden, a part of the team’s season-long eight game win streak.

Back in November, Indiana needed overtime to get past the Knicks, and despite owning a 2-1 mark against New York this regular season, two of the three games have been very competitive.

The Knicks are also 1-2 against Miami. They had a 10-point victory over in the teams’ first meeting in January, then dropped both meetings in February. Their regular-season finale on Sunday will give New York a chance to tie up the season series, but also could be a first-round playoff preview.

If the Knicks play with the sense of urgency they showed last night in Utah, the kind of determination that was on display when they downed the Pacers last month and the kind of team mentality that keyed the eight-game win streak, Chandler’s absolutely right — the Knicks can and should push either the Pacers or the Heat in a first-round matchup.

Unlike Miami, the Knicks have a former Defensive Player of the Year in their frontcourt to contend with Roy Hibbert and a superstar in Carmelo Anthony to go toe-to-toe with Paul George. Since the assembly of The Big Three in South Beach, the Knicks have played the Heat tough, and could have an even greater edge if Wade and Allen are not 100 percent.

The one major question is whether the Knicks can consistently bring that sense of urgency to the floor just to make the playoffs. Seven games remain in the team’s way of catching and surpassing the Hawks to earn the No. 8 seed. If so, the Knicks will have momentum entering the postseason, which may lead to the team pushing either Indiana or Miami to the brink of elimination.




78 comments
upstater
upstater

Is this an April Fool's joke? It will be nice to make the playoffs but thinking this team can win a series against Indiana or Miami is delusional.

franktkb
franktkb

Every now and then I read a comment saying that it doesn't matter whether we make the playoffs because we aren't going to do anything anyway. You know why it matters to me? Because I'm a Knicks fan and I like to watch my team play. I don't care who we play or how we get in. I know I would enjoy watching the Knicks play a lot more than I would watching the Hawks. Pretty simple. If we had our draft choice I wouldn't feel the same way. But at this point if they miss the playoffs I have to see the Hawks play and I have to see Denver in the lottery with our pick. No thanks.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

"IF" Knicks get in, which is still a big "If" the knicks will get swept easily by the Heat in 4 games, I don't even think they win 1 game.  Indy however, might be a different story, maybe a 6 game series,

rico
rico

Biggie and Xmen, can you two guys get a room or at least have lunch and spare us 200000000000000000 postings ?


Gracias

Steven Cowit
Steven Cowit

This team didnt just win 54 games. Theres no luck in that. Kidd or no Kidd. Sheed or no Sheed. It is no or never. No worries either way because Phil will clean it up

rock99
rock99

and they are also capable of playing like they have for the majority of the season which is god awful.

rkj473
rkj473

These last 7 games, other than the players needing to keep that sense of urgency, is also the need for the "coach" to man up and have a shorter leash with players not giving maximum effort out on the court.


He hasn't done it all season, but at this point if he is trying to get into the playoffs he has to play the guys that are playing well or the guys that are willing to play well an get dirty. There are not enough games left to allow some players to be contributing against what you are going for.


Believe it or not W___s_n's role in whether the Knicks are in the playoffs or not are as huge as the players' need to give maximum effort out on the floor. 

hashburry
hashburry

BTW, where was that "sense of urgency" against the Lakers?

rico
rico

@Biggie  Not to worry Jerry Gee takes over…producing a continual conversation with himself, now you just need your Xman

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@akamarb You better stay out of Chinatown!   

Everybody is cool here man!  Not necessary logical but cool nontheless!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@akamarb LOL  I think you're looking at the results from the TKB Fan - Special Unit Division! 

 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@rico Sorry Rico, but you know you can't read anyway!  The only number you've seen that high is your prison ID. lol

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@Jerry Gee @firebaldy  I wish it was true but April Fool's. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@thatsagoodpoint @Sandro Guedes  Teague-Millsap-Horford is their core. The idea is to build around that.

And it's a solid idea, because that's a great core.

That said, it's a bit too late to tank at this stage of the season.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@illmatix @akamarb  The thing this blog could do without is the constant name-calling and calling out other posters (unless it's for fun). I miss all the GREAT basketball convos we all used to have. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@darealeric I think it's Jimmy from the block man!  Biggie just had multiple personalities and was always wrong before hooked up with Jimmy! 

Now he's stupid and have a crack problem!

rico
rico

@xmenreturn  wow the guy who bogarts the whole board getting snippy. X there is a difference between being unable to read and not having interest in reading 2000000000000 billion-million postings from the same knucklehead (that would be you) 


VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes @rico  Let's not pretend you don't call each other out either.

Now it's all about showing each other up instead of bball talk....

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@Sandro Guedes @rico  Funny coming from a guy who posts the same Melo hate comments in every single thread. Comments mocking Biggie's praising of Grunwald's construction of the roster, etc. At least their comments are Entertaining. Your comments have gotten stale months ago. You are hands down one of the most annoying posters here. 

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@Jerry Gee @firebaldy  I agree with you. When he said "We're gonna work towards that." that to me says "I can't wait to work with Phil"

Thanks again JG.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@Jerry Gee @firebaldy I guess you're right. 

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@Jerry Gee @firebaldy JG you don't like Melo. Why is that? Did he really say he was staying?

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Jerry Gee @xmenreturn  Please! After seeing this team play, I'm sure Phil will have a lot to say whether anyone stays on this team by 2015. 

Melo is gone!

They should be trying to get to the playoffs and it would even be dumb for Melo to say he's leaving while this is ongoing.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@akamarb LOL Nice try playa. You can't run away fast enough in your braced shoes from the comments you made to me earlier.  But I do like you trying though.

  

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Jerry Gee LOL Flash boys in a book that's coming out by Michael Lewis on the stock market being rigged and etc.

As for the other stuff, I'm just messing with akamarb for his crazy stuff he talked about earlier!


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@akamarb Yep, I' gonna get the flash boys as soon as it come out.

Hey, I don't know anything about bizness but I did stay at a holiday inn last night!

I'm only going to the meeting at 1pm to see if they have some food there.  I'm really hoping for some fired chicken and watermelon! Some grape Kool-aid would really set it off!  Ya feel me? lol


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@akamarbLOL Did you see the 60 minutes report with Micheal Lewis on the stock market being rigged by high freq  traders and inside info?

What do you think about the IEX Group, coming up with an alternative to put in a speed bump to counter high freq trading and etc?

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@akamarb LOL You're at home but I'm bottomed out!

After I get out of work, you can come by and pack by bags at the supermarket.  I have a few pennies for ya.


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@akamarb Option trading?  Is that when you don't want to do your job as a stock boy, you are sent home?  

Is that your so-called option? or is that Mickadee's?

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@akamarb Stocks?  Mickadees?

Are you trying to quietly imply you're just the stock boy?

So you don't burn the fries, you store and retrieve the Fries. Got it!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@akamarb Thanks playa!  You can bet I would never go to your workplace and complain about the Fries being cold.  

After all, you're a perfectionist aren't ya! lol

It must have been those Asians who messed them up correct? lol

Tell Ronald I say hi!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@akamarb Not until 1pm!  BTW I have 3 Asians here that wants to meet you.  They have a roll of pennies and duck sauce for ya!

rico
rico

@xmenreturn  oh you guys :)


can't ya just agree to disagree?


You're both Knicks fans right? 


Call a UN session

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Biggie @xmenreturn Lose an argument?  I'm just teasing you because you have no real pt. 

You called check mate when you were playing dice and rolled snake eyes!

Brotha gotta call ya out on that! lol

iIlmatrix stated that he was not here for _Antoni first few years and that was when you were defending him.

Try again DomedRanger! lol

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Biggie @xmenreturnI was here then as xmen and you as Biggiesmalls.  

You defended _Antoni early on like you defend Woody still now.  

Now raise the roof because that's the troof dawg!

jacksonnyk
jacksonnyk

@illmatix @jacksonnyk @Steven Cowit @thatsagoodpoint  I mean i still curse out dolan whenver my optimum app on my computer freezes up. Its just fun uk? lmao


As far as basketball though Phil is THE man now. We have credibility and a face up in the front office that actually looks good. It will be extremely interesting. Im hoping for Kerr but I trust any coach he picks.

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@thatsagoodpoint @illmatix  So Melo isn't a future HOF'er? For crying out loud get over the trade already. Melo is better than any player entering the draft.


Furthermore, this draft is not as great as it was hyped to be. Also, Denver will not be getting a Top 10 pick.