With Hawks loss to Raptors, Knicks look to close gap

Harris Decker

With 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.




16 comments
frankieboy
frankieboy

"With Irving out and Luol Deng banged up, this seems like a perfect opportunity for the Knicks to capitalize"


Why does this sound like we are going to lose ? 


They better drop the hammer and start playing like they did against Indy every game from here on out




1harris1
1harris1

Shumpert out tonight with "flu like symptoms".  Always something with this team.


But here's some good news.  Bargnani is getting closer to being in playing shape!  He's even able to run nowadays.  I'm sure all followers of Knick nation are glued to their computers in monitoring Bargs' progress, as we come upon his heralded return. 

Nick Congello
Nick Congello

I would love to see the Knicks trade for a pick and draft Cleanthony Early.. He's going offfff right now

1strdpicks
1strdpicks

Greg Anthony is a good analyst, but does he have to do the Ed McMahon laugh every time a kid makes a nice play?

rgm891
rgm891

@Biggie Biggie what head coach would u like the knicks to grab for next season?  I keep seeing you don't believe Jackson will hire a rookie in Steve Kerr 

jintsknix
jintsknix

@Biggie  Yeah I agree.... Barkley, Jordan, Magic and Bird. I know they are oldies but goodies but they always played their best when the games meant the most. Im just happy to have one of them in Melo. :)


And thats nonsense about him being a number 2, hes a number 1 in my book

knickstape
knickstape

@Biggie  Melo had Hakeem Warrick and Mcnamera on that team one example i can think of though is Kemba a few years ago but still its a team sport

brookdon
brookdon

4 points on 1/6 shooting in a tournament game is horrific though. Wiggins looks like Barnes 2.0

knickstape
knickstape

@Biggie  Can't except them to do it all by themselves its a team sport, IDK anyone in the NBA doing it by himself….Some of these guys will surely be all stars in the NBA