Knicks’ tough road to playoffs begins with test vs. Pacers

Sam Spiegelman

The New York Knicks (27-40) host the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers Wednesday night trying to avoid their first season sweep by the Pacers since the 2007-08 season.

It also marks the first of 15 games the team has to make up ground on the 8-seeded Atlanta Hawks, currently 4.5 games ahead of them for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have matched the Knicks’ recent six-game win streak with a five-game win streak of their own.

Wednesday’s pivotal showdown with the Eastern Conference elite is the first of many tough contests the Knicks will have to try and get through to somehow make the postseason. The team’s remaining strength of schedule is .500, according to RealGM.com, and includes games against playoff-bound squads like the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, and both the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors twice.

Can the Knicks step up to the challenge? We’ll see. But it certainly begins tonight.




114 comments
nixredux
nixredux

Not trying to knock Chandler...maybe a little. He just gets paid too much as limited as he is. Plus he gets sick a lot- weak immune system? But I heard he's got a great eye for photog.

Woody confuses me. I really believe he wants to stay on with the Knicks. Everyone else in his shoes would want to leave ASAP.

nixredux
nixredux

@Seth

Don't think Phil is high Chandler. The other day he called him old and occasionally gives up on D. Plus, under Phil's triangle, he needs his centers to be able to pass and spot shoot. Chandler does neither very well. Now we know why Cuban refused to pay Chan, even though he helped them win a ring.

lpeezy31
lpeezy31

Small ball tonight by coach. He gonna encourage Tyson to take 3's like Bosh to bring Hibbert out

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

phil said he likes Chandler, and he also said that Tyson has had too much respobsibility on defense, again another dig at Woody, i also wonder if after next season Tyson would be willing to play for a paycut or will he still demand 14 mill a year?

zebeto
zebeto

We gotta win this tonight ...and try to jinx Cha and Atl from now on !!!

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Bryant also said that Jackson should be able to help Carmelo Anthony, a player Bryant counts among his closest friends in the league.

"Phil will be able to provide that knowledge and he'll learn more about the game and open up dimensions of the game that he never saw before," Bryant said. "So, he'll just continue to improve."

He also took exception with Anthony's reputation as more of a scorer than a winner.

"I mean, he won a championship at Syracuse, so he's won a championship before," said Bryant, who also teamed with Anthony to win two Olympic gold medals. "He's been a part of a championship roster. So he has that championship DNA inside of him."


-Via ESPN

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Tonight's game shows if we have what it takes to storm into the playoffs or fizzle out 

- Hope Phil got scented candles and Meditation Music going in the Locker Room lol

JerseyFan1
JerseyFan1

This looks like a TOUGH lose tonight - just hope they play hard.

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

Off the subject: I know that "The Triangle" doesn't need a great point guard but its been years since we had one! I'm praying that Phil can bring one in if "God Forbid" he takes ill! I'm so tired of the Charlie Wards-Raymond Felton garbage type point guards!!! Just once can we trot out an amazing fast point guard who teams have to plan for???!!!



dagawd
dagawd

Yo X and others, Shaq left Orlando because Penny was getting more attention than him, i remember that Ish real well

Mets0987
Mets0987

Is the protest going on?

dagawd
dagawd

Zeke has been behind almost all the knicks moves good and bad

Nicolas Grant
Nicolas Grant

Phil in his interview yesterday remarked that he had been paying attention to the Knicks from afar. If Phil had discussions about taking over since December.  Mike Woodon entire switching Philosophy must drive him nuts. Phil went on record in an interview with Clyde yesterday saying every man need to carry his own weight on DEF “sounds familiar”. He also stated Tyson is no longer a spring chicken, and he can’t be asked to cleanup everyone mistakes.  

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

I know making the playoffs is a huge stretch but if we won tonight and continue to win games and got into the playoffs to face Indiana in the first round, it would be HYPED and you know Indiana would be sweatin' it!  We'd be the hottest team in the NBA going into the playoffs on a huge win streak and having beaten them the last time we played them, with the Zen Master behind the scenes.  It would be amazing!  Tonight is HUGE!  Go Knicks!!!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

I'm inclined to think that a win tonight, can propel this team to win 6-7 more straight...they won 13 straight last year...but still would need help from the hawks and cats...just a testament really to how poor they have performed this season...but it is a new day/era...should be fun.

omega_red
omega_red

"Arash Markazi: DP: "Has Mike D'Antoni earned another year?" 


Kobe: "Um, I don't know." youtube.com/watch?v=ItTpt4"

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

i actually took the comments you are referring to and took it as a knock on Woody rather than Chandler, and he said Chandler is getting older and shouldnt need to be the only player responsible for defending

brookdon
brookdon

Lol this just sounds desperate.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@SheSaidSpikeWho  Kobe sending signals. I would love for Kobe to be a Knick. 

People talkin about Leroid--screw swelled head phony.  I want Kobe Bean!

po_diddley
po_diddley

@Ray Jorge  Please don't mention Felton and Ward in the same sentence - that's an insult.  

Chris
Chris

@dagawd  Shaq left Orlando to go to LA to increase his brand. . It is all about the Benjamins 

brookdon
brookdon

lol this Isaiah nonsense needs to stop

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

The boogey Man!!!!  Cue the Michael Myers music...LOL.....or like the Gangs Of New York reference "The Butcher!!!!!!"

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@OLDKNICK Ok Good job Isiah!  Now you can tell Phil all your plans and let him say "NO!" unlike Dolan!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@omega_red Kobe is in big trouble. He's in the twilight of his career coming off big injuries and now he doesn't have the pull in LA that he once had. 

Dude wasted a few years of his career allowing Pringles become coach instead of Jackson.  I'm sure Kobe thought he could prove that he could win a ring being a key player without Jackson AND Shaq! 

Now's he out crying for Jackson!


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint LOL The East is very tough man!  Not a place for 1 superstar to achieve anything like making the playoffs! 

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@xmenreturn  He messed up signing that huge contract too.  I know he's a competitor and all but he should have been smarter and realize he was older and needed some real help.  Take less to rebuild the team.  Now he's screwed.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn Funny thing...Jackson wanted Kobe gone....for his attitude.


Jackson said the strain between him and Bryant led him to hire a therapist to consult with during the season, according to the Los Angeles Times, which printed excerpts from the magazine article in its Tuesday edition.

Jackson wrote he became so frustrated with Bryant that he told general manager Mitch Kupchak in January, "I won't coach this team next year if he is still here. He won't listen to anyone. I've had it with this kid."

"It's no sweat for me, man," Bryant said. "He's a great coach. I really learned a lot from him and I respect him from that standpoint. But this is a new challenge for me here, so I'm not going to belabor what somebody might say from past events."


It was not the first time Jackson requested the team trade Bryant. He sought to trade him to the Phoenix Suns for Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion in the 1999-00 season. But then-general manager Jerry West told Jackson that owner Jerry Buss would never trade the Laker star, he wrote in his diary. Jackson said he was told the same thing last season.


If Kobe would've been traded for Kidd and marion...shaq stays and wins a couple more rings with Kidd.


http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/lakers/2004-10-12-jackson-book_x.htm

omega_red
omega_red

@xmenreturn  some were questioning the motives of players here about some of the comments they made of our coach but when you have a player of kobe's caliber out right saying something like this it speaks volumes to me.

rgm891
rgm891

@OLDKNICK @rgm891  LMAOO touche Mr. Knick  

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@Sandro Guedes @Knicks_Fanatic @Nicolas Grant

Our main problem is inside where Chandler is NO show, and highly overrated. He looks more like a volleyball player. Also we could use a defensive point guard to stop the other point guards from parking in our paint. In the offensive side we are OK...

Chris
Chris

@rico @smiggybalz  Yea, that was the final piece, Eddie Donavan was the man. Best GM we ever had

rico
rico

@smiggybalz  wasn't that trade in 1968? 


That's a long time to stay in bed. :)



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Blaze NYK @xmenreturnThen he should have taken a 1 dollar contract until the divorce was final!  

Giving half of 1 dollar gives here 50 cents!  She can take that to da club! lol

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@xmenreturn @Blaze NYK  I think he took the huge contract cause he was worried he was going to get divorced and his wife was gonna take half his money.  

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Blaze NYK @xmenreturnYep so true!  But he does have some rings already!  I'm happy that he screwed up! 

Everytime Kobe gets himself in trouble, he lashes out.  Remember when he snitched on Shaq after he got into trouble in Colorado I believe with that girl?

That's a total b##tch move there.lol  Good thing he had major talent because he should have been done after that.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Blaze NYK @xmenreturn@OLDKNICK 

No before.  They lost in the Finals and Shaq was hurt the year afterwards and then he went to the Lakers the year afterwards.

There were many reports of those 2 feuding for attention and the Magic being their team. 

Shaq who already had a relationship with Magic decided to go to LA so that would be his team.  Yes, Magic helped recruit him and filled his head with grandeur. lol

 

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@xmenreturn @OLDKNICK  Shaq did not leave The Magic because Hardaway had a huge ego.  Hardaway is a humble dude.  He left because he wanted to be a movie star and go to LA.  And Hardaway got hurt I believe and wasn't the same.  Shaq is on record as saying that Hardaway in his prime was maybe the best player he's played with.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 @xmenreturnI loved Penny's game.  I even liked Lil Penny but I also saw how big his head had gotten then too.   He and Shaq fell out like Marbury and Garnett did.  

Town wasn't big enough for their heads!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 Lol nah man, agree to disagree...I remember those days...I really liked Pennys game, too bad he got hurt....too bad Grant hill got hurt as well.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 @xmenreturnLOL Go back and listen to Penny then.  He was too full of himself then.  

Penny was being called the best and most exciting PG in the NBA then.

The NBA was campaigning around him.

Penny thought he was a Billion!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 No Way! Penny Helmet was bigger than Biggies!  Dude had an alter ego named lil Penny.  

Did you use to listen to him then?  

Both he and Shaq were at fault.  Both wanted to be the alpha males on the team!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @OLDKNICK Nah, Penny hardaway was and is a humble dude man, shaq left to chase L.A dreams of rapping and doing movies..all while winning rings...


"It was mainly the latter, although Shaq said the Sentinel poll and the Magic's indecision about whether to match the $121 million Lakers' offer were certainly factors.

"Fifty percent of it was that I was selfish. I had a lot of stuff going on … movies and albums … that I couldn't pass up," Shaq said following a packed retirement announcement at his palatial Isleworth home with the Magic-blue tile roof. "Forty percent of it was the Sentinel poll and the fact that I was very sensitive at a young age. Ten percent of it was that Bob (Magic president Bob Vander Weide) and the organization didn't move quickly enough (to match the Lakers' offer)."

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@OLDKNICK @xmenreturnYep the Penny thing is Shaq left Penny for ego and he went to LA and found Kobe who had just as big of an ego to go along with his. 

Guys like Marbury, Penny and even Kobe never seem to learn how important it is to have a dominant center they are playing with.  They had young ones and they allow ego to rule the day.


MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 No problem really..he will get there.


see 41 points vs heat to keep knicks alive...see 42 points 17 rebounds with a d-league team vs Celtics...Game 3 vs dallas mavericks he hit game winner to go up 3-0...ect.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 @xmenreturn  Yes that's because you have to get there first.  See the problem? LOL

Melo blows up on the back stage. See pass to JJ, See key block by Hibbert...........

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 Melo second to Kobe in closing situations in the last 11 years, so yeah he can close.  I do agree Melo has to show a little more fire, which I think Phil will tap into.


Melo hasn't had a chance on a big stage as of yet, time will tell.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 @xmenreturnTrue Melo is not an obnoxious for sure but he also is not the closer or competitor that Kobe was.  

Kobe delivered on the big stage to help get a ring. Not sure about Melo under Phil. 


MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 Melo isn't on Kobes level of being obnoxious Xmen...Melo has grown a lot as a player and person. 


How has Melo been a headache here?  Don't see what your talking about at all.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 Great post! Phil had a hard time with Kobe for sure and to think he wants to sign up for Melo is mind boggling.  I just don't see Phil signing up for that headache again but then again he's not the coach here I think. lol