Harris DeckerThe Portland Trail Blazers did something they’ve done a whole lot of this year: They beat the Atlanta Hawks, 100-85. With that loss, the Hawks fifth in a row, the Knicks start today 1.5 games back, trailing the Hawks by 2 in the loss column.
With few teams playing as badly as the Knicks, the Hawks have completely fallen apart. Things don’t get much easier for the Hawks over the next seven days. They face the Wizards, 76ers, Bulls and Cavaliers. After that three game home stand concludes, they go on the road to face the Pacers.
The Knicks schedule isn’t much better. During the final two weeks of the season the Knicks face the Brooklyn Nets twice, the Heat, Bulls and Raptors.
It will be interesting to see how this shakes out. Both teams are playing very mediocre basketball, but no other team is realistically within striking distance. The Cavaliers are the next closest team and they are 4 games back in the loss column.
A few days ago on the TKB Podcast we figured out that if the Knicks lost two of their final games and the Hawks lost six of their remaining 13, the Knicks would make the playoffs. While it seems like a long shot, the way the Hawks are playing would it really shock anyone if they gave the 8th seed away to the Knicks?