Knicks playoff picture will be clear in one week

Harris Decker

Things are about to get really interesting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Wednesday night, the Knicks pulled even with the Hawks for the 8th seed but their records still look very different. The Knicks have played two more games than the Hawks. That gap will be made up next week.

On Sunday, the Knicks face the Heat for the fourth time this season, with Miami having taken two of the three meetings. After that game, the Knicks will have four days off, playing again on April 11 against the Toronto Raptors. They face the Raptors five days later to close the regular season.

On Sunday, the Hawks take on the Pacers. While the Knicks take most of the rest of that week off, the Hawks will makeup the two games, catching the Knicks in games played by Friday. During that week, the Hawks face the Pistons and Celtics before a matchup against the Nets in Brooklyn on April 11.

Next Friday will feature two games played on the east coast. The games will be played 347 miles apart and feature four different teams. Three of those teams will be in the playoffs while one sits on the outside looking in. By that night, we will likely have a firm grasp on who holds the advantage in representing the 8th seed in the eastern conference playoffs. It’s been a crazy season and it’s hard to believe that one week from tonight we might find the Knicks in control of their own destiny.




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MeloStat301
MeloStat301

ESPN.com has ranked the NBA's head coaches from worst to first.

The Knicks didn't fare too well.

ESPN's Forecast Panel ranked Knicks head coach Mike Woodson 28th out of 30 Woodson came in ahead of just Milwaukee's Larry Drew and Detroit's John Loyer.

It's been a disappointing season for Woodson and the Knicks. Owner James Dolan told Woodson and his staff prior to the season opener that he felt the Knicks could win a championship. Instead, the Knicks find themselves 10 games under .500 with six games remaining.  


espn.go.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/55668/nbarank-woody-28th-best-coach


Eff these polls....
 

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

I want to see the Knicks get at Miami and show Leroid a thing or two.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Anthony mason just called Iman a "throwback" and said that he has been held back. He said Iman doesn't care what your name is, he will get in your face. Then he said, "I know they wanted him to tone that down." I don't know if I heard wrong with that last line but that seems weird unless I'm misinterpreting it. 


He just said they need to take the reins off of Shumpert.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Havent said it in awhile..but...STAT is BACK!....LOL!!!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Anthony Mason on espn with Stephen a.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Funny thing..Melo gets to Ny...some say melo can only score...cant pass rebound or defend...3 years later will be the second player in 20 years to finish with 28ppg 8rpg and 3 apg....yet all he can do is score??  LOL...what is wrong here?  Also, vastly improved defense as well...smh...shame on you people (u know who u are!!)

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Clippers winning because Doc Rivers got Chris Paul to give up the rock more


Under Del Negro, the Clippers leaned heavily on Paul and Griffin, especially at the end of games and in the playoffs, when the long grind of a back-and-forth series demands superior half-court execution. In these key moments, Del Negro would inevitably run an isolation play for one of his stars. Just as frequently, the defense would send a double-team, and because iso plays aren’t usually designed with strong second and third options, the Clippers would find themselves exposed like a king on a chessboard — desperate and surrounded, looking for an escape route that often didn’t exist.

“I think Chris realized last year in the playoffs, holding the ball, getting double-teamed, getting down to late shot clocks every time, you’re not going to win that way,” Rivers says. “Movement, quick decisions, pulling it and swinging it and trusting the pass — that makes Chris impossible to guard. And I think he realizes it now….

Or, as Rivers puts it, “We’re trying to get Chris to see, and I don’t think it’s anything we had to talk him into, that having the ball in his hands is never a bad thing, but when the ball touches everyone’s hands, it’s a great thing.”


http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/04/clippers-winning-because-doc-rivers-got-chris-paul-to-give-up-the-rock-more/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter


Sounds a little familiar.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

WAY OT:


I cant believe people actually discussing danel murphy wanting to see the birth of his first child...smh.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer

Carmelo Anthony is on pace to become just the second player in the last 20 years to average 28 ppg, 8 rpg & 3 apg over a full NBA season


MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@firebaldy Some here would have a stroke if that were to ever happen to the "immortal" James.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Spikewho.

It makes sense. Shump already came out and said itpublic that hes not a quite guy. He like to talk ish and get in everyone faces. He is obviously being held back by this bone head coach. Im pretty sure Shump has gotten in Melo face in practice bc of how competitive he is.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@SheSaidSpikeWho That's exactly what mase said..."They wanted him to tone that down"...didn't make any sense...and who is "they?"  Maybe tone down his attitude?  Attitude off the court and on the court shouldn't be the same...but Iman strikes like the player he is, is who he is as a person as well.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 That's one strong scary dude! Played against him in high school when he was at Springfield Gardens in Queens.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@SheSaidSpikeWho Yep. Remember when Barkley used to do that too?   It amazing why coaches allow this too much.  It's makes it so easier for the defense and it just kills the offense having guys stand around knowing they probably won't get the ball.

saintknick
saintknick

@SheSaidSpikeWho  You know why I hate these things? Because those are arbitrary cutoffs. Durant is avg 32ppg, 7.5rpg, and 5.6apg. That is much much better than what Melo is doing right now. 


This isn't to say Melo's numbers aren't very good - and it really does support the point that Melo DOES do more than score. But it isn't like this is a huge accomplishment - it is just an accomplishment based on an arbitrary numbers cut-off. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 I wouldn't. That would only grease the skids for us to get him in NY.  LBJ would know his time is up in Miami losing to us for sure.  

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@thatsagoodpoint @MeloStat301 He also said...he knew the knicks had better talent than what their record shows...talent to be a top team in the east and be better than what their record says...he did say a championship might be going a little too far, but always knew they were better than they have played this year.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@thatsagoodpoint @MeloStat301 Also said he always though the Amare Melo combo would work....he said...Amare needed to be on the block and not on the perimeter w/Melo...he said once STAT got put on the low block, it was no question it would work.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@thatsagoodpoint @MeloStat301 Talked about Iman, and how Iman is a throwback type of player to the knicks days.  Also says he likes how he gets in peoples faces and doesn't care who the other guy is...but said "they wanted him to tone that down" which I don't get...who is they?  and why would they want him to tone it down??

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@saintknick @SheSaidSpikeWho  I definitely understand what you're saying. I was thinking something similar while watching Blake Griffin get a triple double last night. Triple doubles might be a little overrated. If a guy had 12 triple doubles in a season, is it better than a guy that never had a triple double but had 20, 9, 9, twenty times in a season?

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@MeloStat301 @SheSaidSpikeWho  Lol I think I heard that the last guy to average 28 and 8 in a season was Shaq. Crazy.

lobcity1
lobcity1

MeloStat.

Woodson and his minions.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn Wade says "I still have 1 more ring than Lebron and won it w out him....has he won one with out me??"  LOL!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 Wade himself stated that he told LBJ that he had to be the man carrying the team!  

You saw that on the court with LBJ running the offense! Wade was hurt and still is for much of the season.

LBJ got the league MVP, playoff MVP and the ring!  Enough said!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 No not really...its only because wade laid back....wade is the man...1 more ring than LBJ!!!  (I'm using ur own twisted logic...lol)


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 Ok. I can see you watch the games with your Helmet shield down.  

Get some Windex man!

LBJ was clearly the man!  Yet he surely needed help. Even in the 2nd ring, where they should have lost the series, Allen hit a key shot and there were others.

Yet LBJ was clearly the best player on the floor by far.


MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 Lbj was easily not the man LOL....if wade doesn't ball out vs Indiana along with bosh...Miami is out lol...Wade is the man..letting LBJ ego think he is...remember...wade still has 1 more ring...and wade has won with out LeBron...has LeBron won w/out Wade??  Nope.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 LOL I hear ya but just look at their play on the court. LBJ was easily the man.

Did you see the segment where they both talked about this. Odd thing is, Wade is out this year talking about taking the lead from LBJ.  Crazy stuff. 

Yes now ya almost there.  That is why we have a chance to get LBJ in 2015 especially if he opt out and only resigns for a year in Miami.

Phil could use that in which you stated to lure LBJ. Phil could offer LBJ the chance for the Knicks to be HIS team and be the one to finally bring a ring to the Mecca - the only stage fitting for a King!

Here, LBJ could erase the Wade whispers and become simply immortal! 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn Nah, Wade let LBJ think that for his ego...LBJ couldn't win knowing he was a #2...Wade was the bigger man to say..i'mma step back and keep wining rings...knowing I have more than lebron anyway! LOL.


Wade WILL Always be 1 up on Lebron...LOL...Wade can say he won w/out Lebron....Lebron can never say he won without WADE!!!  lol.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 Yep but even Wade admits he had to take a backseat and let LBJ be the man for them to succeed.

It's obvious to anyone that LBJ was the key player in them winning a ring.   

Yet LBJ wanted to go to a team that had a player that knew how to show up in the big moment and that was Wade.  

He had tried to do it with the bustas on the Cavs and they would wither in the big moments.  

Wade was the smart player LBJ needed just like MJ needed Pippen to finally get it together and stop with the headaches when they played Boston. 

Everyone needs help but the superstar still has to be the Superstar! 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301  So wade got LBJ to the finals...and won him his first.  Wade won a ring before LBJ and is better because he has more rings then Lebron.  Lebron needed to go to d-wade to learn how to win a ring...lbj as a #2...yup...according to ur logic!  lol

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 YES and I say the same thing about them too.  Paul hasn't been in the league for 10 years and I still say he hasn't won anything either. 

I don't have a rule for Melo and another for others. It's the same rule for all.  

Superstars need to get their team to the NBA Finals at the very least being a key player (Alpha Dog) otherwise, you're just a role player on a winning team. 

That's fine and all but I would not call that player a superstar.  

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 Plenty of players been in the league for years with teams not winning anything...paul..KD...howard...Melo...ect...whats ur point?  Winning an NBA championship is a battle...unless u go and join 2 other all-stars to get a ring,...makes it nice an easy.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 Everyone can get criticized period.  However, stop pointing to stats when that player has been in the league for years and his team does not win anything. 

At some pt, you either have to find a way to get your team to win or go somewhere that can allow you do so.  

Otherwise, winning is not as important as a player says.  It's about getting paid and their stats. 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 What excuse?  I said LBJ shouldn't get any, because he's the only one of the top tier players that's won anything the last 2 years...what are u talking about?  Did you smoke crack in ur youth?

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 Dude LBJ did get tons of criticiem when his team did not win.  He now has RINGS!  

It's about winning dude. Stop with the excuses.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@thatsagoodpoint @MeloStat301 Every player not named Lebron james should receive criticism because he is the best player in the nba and reigning champ.  I can say the same about KD...he is very inconsistent with his D, his rebounding and passing, whats the point?  My point was...critics said Melo Never passes..never rebounds and never plays d...that's what was said here countless times.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@SheSaidSpikeWho IT doesn't but people are so crazy about stats when it's about winning. 

Get players that can lead, inspire or do the little things to help a team win.

I only care about stats when I see the player on that team is winning.  Then it may have some meaning otherwise it not as telling.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 LMAO!  The no ring guy is viewed by his peers at what?

Even MJ jokes with Ewing  and Barkely about having NO rings. 

At least they can come back ans say they at least got to the final dance. 

Melo is outside the building doing the magarina! 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 LOL Melo, a Fresh 30 that hasn't won anything.  Iverson, a spoiled 31 that had gotten his team to the NBA Finals.  

Iverson body became weary when he couldn't get Melo to win anything.  Iverson realized that Melo was just like him in that they both liked to score but only one of them were more clutch!........

Hint: it wasn't Melo!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 Its is what it is...weather u want to accept it or not, its how he was viewed by his peers...rather take their word, than yours.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn Melo game is diff then Iverson, Iverson body was weary at 30..melo is fresh at 30, don't be stupid..maybe u cant help it but please..stop lol.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 So what are you saying ol Helmet one!

Players can say the darnest things even when you can see with your very own eyes that is not true?

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 LOL WOW Melo is 30 now so why should be build around him since we will suck next year too and won't have any room for major change until 2015. 

Melo will be 31 then himself! LOL

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 LMAO!  We had the best players on the planet and we were playing against 3rd world countries and you say Melo was the leader!

That's like going outside with your 11 big brothers and telling the small kids that it is you that will lead the fight kicking their a#ses! LOL


MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 actually he was known as the leader on the Olympic team:


4 years later, 2008, the “Redeem Team.” By this time, LeBron and Carmelo have established themselves in the league as elite players, and Carmelo earned his way to be a “captain” around the eyes of the ’08 Olympic team. This is a team that had Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, LeBron James, yet Carmelo Anthony was known as the leader of that team.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 LOL Iverson was scoring tons of pts just like Melo in Denver! 

The thing is Iverson had no one to play defense like he had in Philly! 

Melo was out beating him to score the most pts.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 Yup washed up...he was an old 30...if u klnow anything about iversons game...his body was weary...kidd Wallace mwp?? LOL all washed up and past their primes... when has melo played with a d-wade player or westbrook player in his prime???  WHEN????

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 LOL Washed up at 30?  

Like LBJ, Iverson had taken a bad Philly team to the NBA Finals before joining Melo.

Billips had won a ring before joining Melo.

Chandler, Kidd, Wallace. MWP and a few others had a ring before joining Melo.

Melo needs the Olympic or All star team! Then can just be a good role player and leave all that leadership stuff to others.  

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 Yup Iverson was washed already...and billups was never a superstar..like westbrook..wade..scottie..all those guys are alltime greats!!  Billups not so much...Iverson was done...nice stats...but by the time they gelled, he was done and off to det.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Wrong again, LOL.  He doesn't have a great sidekick like all the greats do...more like it.  You know...scottie...wade...shaq..westbrook..Stockton..ect. ect.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 Yes we say that because that's the thing he tries to do consistently. 

Many of us have stated that Melo has the talent to do most things. He can pass, rebound and score.  

He just don't have the smarts to see the game overall like some of the really greats d. They usually make good decisions in the clutch. Melo not so much. 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@thatsagoodpoint @MeloStat301 Sorry man, I have repeatedly seen them say all melo can do is score, its fine if u want to ignore it, doesn't really change the fact what has been said.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@thatsagoodpoint @MeloStat301@VerySilentJay No I'm not...repeatedly its been said hes just a scorer...that's all he can do..problem is your ignoring what the critics have said.


I know you've been here for years...was being a little sarcastic by the way.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@MeloStat301  Not Paul George??!!! What? He's the man??

Not K Love or L Aldrige??!!

Good God, how is this possible???


The horror....

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@SheSaidSpikeWho Not even Lebron?  O my.  Not KD??  Lions and tigers and bears!!