Harris DeckerWith a narrow window to make the playoffs, the Knicks got some help on Sunday with the division leading Raptors beating the eight seed Atlanta Hawks. With the Hawks loss, the Knicks can move to within just two games of a playoff birth if they can defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers at home Sunday night.
In his last six games against the Knicks, starting point guard Kyrie Irving had averaged an incredible 30.8 points. Luckily for the Knicks, he will miss the game as he continues to deal with a strained tendon in his bicep.
With Irving out and Luol Deng banged up, this seems like a perfect opportunity for the Knicks to capitalize and continue their hot streak ahead of a five game west coast trip to close out March.
Those five games out west make this evenings game even more crucial. They need to keep up the defensive intensity in a game that they should win. They can’t take any win for granted and if they come out strong, should be able to head out west riding a nine game winning streak, the longest since the end of last season.