Take A Step Back

Would beating Miami tonight in Miami be a good win? Absolutely, but does it really tell us anything about the Knicks future?  I don’t think so.  Hey, it’s always fun to beat LeBron and his buddies, but the Knicks should have one focus right now- winning the Atlantic Division.

Barring a crazy turn of events, Miami and Chicago will grab the top two spots in the Eastern Conference.  They are followed by a pack of four teams, Orlando, Philadelphia, Indiana and Atlanta, that are all within three games of each other.  Look a bit further back and you have the Knicks and the Celtics in the 7th and 8th spots. Therefore, if the season ended today the Knicks would Chicago in the first round with Boston getting the Heat. How many people out there think the Knicks can advance to the second round if they face Miami or Chicago?  <crickets chirping>  That’s what I thought.

Instead, the Knicks need to use the final 32 games of the season to figure some things out and also grab the Atlantic Division. By winning the division, New York would be guaranteed of no lower a seed than the #4 spot- missing Miami and Chicago until Round 2.  We need to see Jeremy Lin prove he can do this for more than three weeks. We need to see if he can mesh with Carmelo. (Interesting side note, what do the Knicks do if he can’t?) What can Baron Davis give them? How about J.R. Smith? In short, there are plenty of question hanging over a team that is currently 17-17.  No matter what happens tonight in Miami, we won’t even have begun to get our answers.

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  • blmeanie  On February 23, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    You don’t need to worry about the Celtics winning the division. As bad as the division is, the Celtics are about to be blown up. Injuries and age was too much to overcome for them, look for Ray Allen at a minimum to be dealt soon. KG maybe too. Celtics looking at just being outside the lottery. Not bad enough unfortunately.

  • nysportsfanatic  On February 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    It may be an ugly rebuild, but at least they gave you a championship from it. We’re on rebuild #17 or so here in New York.

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