A Look Ahead

 Written by William Lee

The Super Bowl is over, and basketball season is over half way over. This is the time where causal fans move over from football to basketball. Listening to a recent appearance from Mike Breen on The Michael Kay Show, where “Mike Breen says at this point the Knicks just need wins at this point and it doesn’t matter how they come.” And that the Knicks need to continue to improve throughout the season, I completely agree with this sentiment, and decided to take a look at New York’s schedule, and predict what could happen. Below there is a breakdown, having an optimistic, realistic, and pessimistic outlook on the remainder of the season.

 The Knicks currently stand 10th in the Eastern Conference standings with a 19-29 record. Now the Eastern Conference is atrocious, and the Charlotte Bobcats stand as the 8th seed with a 21-28 record. The Brooklyn Nets currently hold a 21-25 record, now ideally the Knicks would want to avoid the 7th or 8th seed, because that would mean they would either have to face the Indiana Pacers, or the Miami Heat in the First Round of the Playoffs.

Looking back last season, 2012-2013, the 7th and 8th seed did not have more than 41 wins. Sixth seed was a 44-38 Atlanta Hawks, so to avoid a most definite First Round exit, New York will need to somehow get above .500. To get even at 41-41 the Knicks will need to go 22-12 the rest of the way…which seems a little far-fetched…Now in 2011-2012 all teams were over .500, but this was in a strike shortened season. In 2010-2011 the sixth seed was actually the Knicks with 42-40, so just looking back a few years back, getting the sixth seed is a must to be over .500.

 Without further a due here is the breakdown.

Game Date Time Pos/Realistic/Neg Comments
New York vs. Portland 2/5/14 8:00 PM L/ L/ L Highest scoring team in the league at 108 per, we will not be able to stop them Continue reading
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The breakdown for tonight’s game from a Memphis perspective.

http://3sob.com/archives/64-march-2011/1416-grizzzlies-vs-new-york-39

A good breakdown of tonight’s Grizzlies vs. Knicks match-up from the perspective of a Grizzly fan. This comes from Memphis fan blog 3 Shades of Blue.

Memphis is playing really well lately. With big men Gasol and Zach Randolph they are going to be a tough match-up for the Knicks tonight. The Knicks do not match up with this team well and will need to be moving the ball and getting their bench involved if they want to win. It would be nice if Turiaf is healthy enough to play tonight because they will need him. I believe the key to the game tonight will be for the Knicks to score more points than the Grizzlies (I love when the announcers say things like this).  The actual key I think will be the play of Toney Douglas. If he can play well and help keep Conley under control I think we have a good shot. I also guarantee win or lose Gasol and Randolph will each go double figures in rebounds.