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    Yes! Atlanta getting blown out by the Lakers with just about 2 mins left in the game. Only 3 games back of Atlanta for the 5 seed.

    Portland & Miami have a good game going on. Close one. Hope Portland makes it 5 L's in a row for Miami.
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    Philadelphia topped Indiana tonight to move to 33-30 and remain only 0.5 games behind us. They had another big game from their bench, and had 7 players in double figures with Iguodala and Young leading the way again.

    A loss in Memphis tomorrow will drop us to 7th position in the East.

    Philadelphia have a much easier schedule than we do as the season concludes.

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    Originally Posted by Crazy⑧s
    19 Games Remain!

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    -The 5 teams most likely to climb or fall the EC ladder and effect our first round chances are:

    Orlando, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami and Atlanta.





    - 1.5 games ahead of Philly, who have a much easier schedule than us for the remainder of the season. Recently lost to Dallas. We face them once before the season concludes.



    - Hawks beat the Bulls in a 19 point comeback win today and are now only 2 games behind Orlando. They have a schedule roughly as difficult as ours. We face them once before the season concludes.



    - Magic have an easier schedule than both us and Atlanta. Particularly their last 9 games. We face them twice before the season concludes.



    - Chicago are 3 games ahead of Orlando and are currently our first round match up. Their schedule for the remainder of the season is, again, roughly along the lines of being as challenging as ours, but tails off toward their last 7. We face them once in our second last game before the season ends.

    - Miami, after a string of non clutch performances, have entered the fray. They've lost 6 of their last 7 after a home loss to Portland, and are only 2.5 games ahead of Orlando who look to make 3rd seed.

    At this stage, we'd prefer to meet the Heat in the first round as it becomes progressively more clear that their supporting cast can't provide enough to win tight games, and that Chris Bosh is a $15M lemon.

    Orlando pose a huge threat to us with their depth and rebounding.

    Luckily, the Heat's schedule tails off to basically all -.500 teams after a tough run of 6 games against East and West elites.

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    As confident as we all seem to be with our new lineup, we do have a challenging schedule throughout our remaining 22 games. Should wins are a thing of the past. Must wins could be no less crucial.

    Our must win games are against:

    - Cleveland - March 4 & April 3
    - Memphis - March 9 & 17
    - Indiana home and away - March 13 & 15 + April 10
    - Detroit - Mar 18
    - Milwaukee - March 20 & 25
    - Charlotte - March 26
    - New Jersey - April 8 & March 30
    - Toronto - April 5
    - Philadelphia - April 6


    These make up 15 of our last 22. If we were to go 15 and 7, I'd assume we'd not fall to 7th. Give up any of these must wins and Philadelphia become more likely to overtake us.

    Ideal 1st Round

    Ideal is probably not the term of choice, but I believe our most favorable match up in the first round of the Playoffs is Chicago. Hence, at this stage at least, maintaining 6th is detrimental.

    ○ We have 2 back up defenders in Carter and Douglas that we can throw hard at D Rose.

    ○ Rebounding, as ever, is a concern with Boozer and Noah. Williams becomes a mismatch at PF for them and would be integral to our success. Jefferies may come in handy against Boozer's post game with active hands.

    ○ Chicago do not defend the perimeter well, and the combination of STAT and Melo as 15 foot threats present a dilemma for them.


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    According to the following, Technical fouls are reset in the post-season under this premise.

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    Technical Fouls 1-2: $2,000 fine each
    Technical Fouls 3-4: $3,000 fine each
    Technical Fouls 5-6: $4,000 fine each (with a warning letter sent
    when the violator reaches his 5th technical foul)

    Technical Foul 7: $5,000 fine plus one-game suspension
    Each Additional Technical Foul: $5,000 fine
    Each Two Additional Technical Fouls
    (9, 11, 13, etc.): $5,000 fine plus one game suspension

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    I will add more eventually as the drama unfolds.


    You can view our remaining schedule within the game thread sticky in the NYK forum. The schedules of the concerning teams are below.

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    Let's do the site a favour and make this the focal of our hopes for 6th seed, and the monitoring of said teams as we push to optimize our post-season chances.


    I just added the heat as the 5th team that make this ladder race in the East in increasingly intriguing one.

    Here is the edit of the OP.

    - Miami, after a string of non clutch performances, have entered the fray. They've lost 6 of their last 7 after a home loss to Portland, and are only 2.5 games ahead of Orlando who look to make 3rd seed.

    At this stage, we'd prefer to meet the Heat in the first round as it becomes progressively more clear that their supporting cast can't provide enough to win tight games, and that Chris Bosh is a $15M lemon.

    Orlando pose a huge threat to us with their depth and rebounding.

    Luckily, the Heat's schedule tails off to basically all -.500 teams after a tough run of 6 games against East and West elites.

    Heat Schedule

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    Originally Posted by KnicksFanFromQueens1985
    Yes! Atlanta getting blown out by the Lakers with just about 2 mins left in the game. Only 3 games back of Atlanta for the 5 seed.

    Portland & Miami have a good game going on. Close one. Hope Portland makes it 5 L's in a row for Miami.
    They sure did! Miami looked completely lost. Portland hit some uncanny shots in the last 2:00, though.

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    So that is 5 losses in a row for the team that annointed themselves champions before they even practiced together. With the bulls win last night that puts them a full 2games behind Chicago for the 2nd seed. Still a long long way to go and we still have Philly breathing down our necks but as it stands right now i think it would be a matchup we can win for many reasons. Most already stated in alot of other posts

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    The Heat are just waiting for Pat Riley to lead them to a title.

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    I'm sorry to be Cpt. Anal on this site, but there is a thread to monitor other top 8 east teams already.

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    It follows every team that effects our position in the top 8.

    Can we please just post in there?

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    Originally Posted by Crazy⑧s
    I'm sorry to be Cpt. Anal on this site, but there is a thread to monitor other top 8 east teams already.

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    It follows every team that effects our position in the top 8.

    Can we please just post in there?
    didnt realize it. sorry

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    Originally Posted by miked1958
    didnt realize it. sorry
    No worries. We've all done it. In the thread you can see that Philadelphia won again today and are now only 0.5 games back on us. A loss in Memphis drops us to 7th.

    There are schedules and info on Orlando, Philly, Atlanta, Miami and Chicago to monitor the likely outcome of our regular season standing.

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    Originally Posted by Crazy⑧s
    No worries. We've all done it. In the thread you can see that Philadelphia won again today and are now only 0.5 games back on us. A loss in Memphis drops us to 7th.

    There are schedules and info on Orlando, Philly, Atlanta, Miami and Chicago to monitor the likely outcome of our regular season standing.
    going to check it out now

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    Originally Posted by Crazy⑧s
    They sure did! Miami looked completely lost. Portland hit some uncanny shots in the last 2:00, though.
    Philly is right on us. Cant falter wed nite in memphis. I know they are one of the hottest teams right now but if we continue to put good games together then we will be listed among the hottest teams...speaking of which, Dallas up after that ... what have they won 20of 22 or something like that
    Loved seeing Miami losing again.
    but like was said above, they are only 2.5 up on the Magic...if the fall to 4th they we need to overtake the Hawks.

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    Quotes from a Miami Heat forum -

    "let them Knicks laugh, we'll see who's crying when they get sweept in the playoffs"

    "And we are gonna have a hard time beating the defense-less knicks?And Lmfaoooo at them being in 6th place BEFORE ad AFTER the trade. Elite team? Much."

    "NY needs to beware first round of the POs. Their asses is grass."

    Lmao I love how Heat fans think we are still the same old Knicks that don't play defense and need to score 130 points to win a game every night. I can't wait till we catch them off guard in the first round of the playoffs and they get caught slippin like crybaby's.
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    What a righteous thread.

    Like the CHI breakdown. Very logical. The one draw back, and a potentially fatal one, is that the analysis and breakdown aside,

    CHI is just playing really really ****ing good. And better players/teams simply being, or playing better, will trump rationale matchup breakdowns.

    Still like it, though, and I feel more eager to potentially put those donks down!

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    Originally Posted by AmareForPresident
    Quotes from a Miami Heat forum -

    "let them Knicks laugh, we'll see who's crying when they get sweept in the playoffs"

    "And we are gonna have a hard time beating the defense-less knicks?And Lmfaoooo at them being in 6th place BEFORE ad AFTER the trade. Elite team? Much."

    "NY needs to beware first round of the POs. Their asses is grass."

    Lmao I love how Heat fans think we are still the same old Knicks that don't play defense and need to score 130 points to win a game every night. I can't wait till we catch them off guard in the first round of the playoffs and they get caught slippin like crybaby's.
    Heat fans are idiots.


    The only teams I'm worried about are Boston, and The Bulls because of the Billups Rose match up. If were healthy I think we can go far.

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    Originally Posted by AmareForPresident
    Quotes from a Miami Heat forum -

    "let them Knicks laugh, we'll see who's crying when they get sweept in the playoffs"

    "And we are gonna have a hard time beating the defense-less knicks?And Lmfaoooo at them being in 6th place BEFORE ad AFTER the trade. Elite team? Much."

    "NY needs to beware first round of the POs. Their asses is grass."

    Lmao I love how Heat fans think we are still the same old Knicks that don't play defense and need to score 130 points to win a game every night. I can't wait till we catch them off guard in the first round of the playoffs and they get caught slippin like crybaby's.
    Do the Heat fans even realize that during this 5game losing streak their bench has been outscored by an avg of over 20points a game??? Their bench was outscored 41-8 in tonights game alone... lol. Do the Heat fan not realize that Roll and Bench Players play a HUGE role in how successful you will be in a playoff series. More times then not you see several players STEPUP off the Bench and play a key role in winning a series. Also the 4 big guys had zero blocked shots tonight.

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