The win Sunday moved the Knicks, sixth in the East, back to three games over the seventh-place 76ers. With 32 games to play, the Knicks had a five-game cushion over the ninth-place Charlotte Bobcats. The top eight teams in each conference make the playoffs, and coach Mike D’Antoni said he’s not as much concerned about seeding as he is simply being among that top eight. D’Antoni said the goal is to get over 40 wins, which should be enough to clinch a playoff berth. The Knicks haven’t made the playoffs since 2004.
“I think our focus has to be on trying to get to 40 wins. That should get us in the playoffs. Obviously, if we can get the sixth spot or the fifth spot or the seventh spot, you try to do the best you can do. Our goal all year is to get to the playoffs.”
The focus on the sixth spot as opposed to the seventh or eighth shouldn’t preoccupy the players; but as Alvino outlined the other day, fans have a right to be gunning for 6 or better.
Which might require a few more than 40…