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All EC teams, the final 5 games against playoff teams with only one of them at home. Cleveland, Toronto, @Philly, @NJ, @Indiana, Chicago, @Boston.
Typo: You stated the final 5 games were all against playoff teams, but we play the Nets as our 4th to last game who aren't a playoff team, but still, I get the point (must have been an obvious typo).
But I couldn't ask for it any other way. Time to get battle tested heading into the playoffs.
I would love to see this team head into the playoffs 4 games above .500 which would mean we improved after the trade by 2 games (went into the break 2 games above .500).
For that to happen we pretty much have to win our next 5.
One game @ a time, starting with the Cavs. I do feel we can win our next 5 games against Cleveland, Toronto, Philly, NJ & Indy. It's won't be easy, it'll be a grind (especially against Philly & Indy); but it's possible.
That would put us @ 4 games above .500 with two games to go.
Split the home & away with CHI & BOS & we're heading into the playoffs 4 games above .500. Anything better than that & we ran the table, heading into the playoffs 6 games above .500 riding a 9 game win streak.
Playoffs locked, my pretties!
Lou Williams underwent an MRI on Sunday afternoon.
The MRI revealed Williams has a strained right hamstring and he will be out for the foreseeable future. His injury will be re-evaluated on a regular basis in order to monitor his progress and determine his return date.
That's a big blow to Philadelphia. Gives us more of an opportunity to pick our ideal match up with a .500/+.500 remaining 6 games.
Our scouts had better be losing sleep from fastidious number crunching and surveying.
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That injury is not good news for the Knicks. With or without Williams; the Knicks should pass the 76ers for the 6th seed.
But teams like the Hawks & 76ers have the ability to become our best friends during the playoffs (as long as we take care of our opponent).
ATL has all the talent in the world to eliminate Orlando. & with as hot as the 76ers has been? A shocking upset over a team like the Heat or even struggling Boston wouldn't be all that shocking to me. That injury to Williams could very well eliminate any chance that the 76ers have of upsetting either BOS or MIA.
I'm confident ATL eliminates ORL & I'm sure most or maybe even none of this will happen: but as an NBA & Knicks fan? This is what I'll be pulling for to happen but no chance Indy beats CHI.
CHI (1) vs Indy (8) = CHI
BOS (2) vs 76ers (7) = 76ers
MIA (3) vs NY (6) = NYK
ORL (4) vs ATL (5) = ATL
Could you IMAGINE a 2nd round that looked like this...
CHI (1) vs 76ers (7)
ATL (5) vs NYK (6)
I'd start thinking Eastern Conf Finals vs Chicago!
We've split the season series with ATL 2-2 & I'm pretty sure we hold the better division record.
We're 4 games back of ATL in the loss column for the 5 seed.
I'm not saying it'll happen, because it's just a pipe dream; but we haven't been mathematically eliminated yet.
ORL has the greatest C around, but our star power of Billips, Melo & Amare could become too much for Howard to handle himself.
Either way, I just want the highest seed possible. BOS, MIA, ORL? All extremely tough out's.
ATL's on a two game losing streak as of right now. The only way we catch ATL is if one of two things happen. 1) ATL loses their last 4 & 2) the Knicks win out with our last 5.
I don't expect any of this to happen, but it's not over until it's over. 3 of their last 4 games are on the road. @ Indy, @ Washington, vs MIA & @ CHA.
Some will look @ the schedule & say no way does ATL lose to the Wizards & Charlotte, but you never know. They've lost to horrible teams such as NJ twice & the Pistons once already this season.
Dude, Were not getting any higher than 6th ok, stop. Were going to draw either Boston or Miami so us getting by either of them will mean we'd have to play to our full potential, otherwise Melo and the Boys will be "Coming Home" soon again. Im all for being positive but be realistic, WE ARE NOT MAKING THE CONFERENCE FINALS. This is not 1999
I never said "it would happen" lol I clearly made it known that it's a pipe dream. Key word being "dream".
I'll root for the Knicks to win our last 5 games & I'll also root for ATL to lose their last 4 games. Thats expecting nothing & wishing for the best.
Stop trying to tell others how to be a fan of the Knicks. You have no idea how long I've dreamed of this situation. 7 years is nothing. I always dreamed of Ewing having another top 10 star.
How old are you? When did you start pulling for the Knicks & watching the NBA? During what year? I've been a die hard fan of my Knicks since 92-93. Seen plenty of great Knick teams & enjoyed plenty of great playoff rivalries. This isn't my first rodeo. And your damn right this isn't 99. We don't have an aging Ewing as a superstar, but we do have two elite top 5-10 NBA mega-stars in Melo & Amare + a Champion in Billups running the offense. I never said we'd make the Eastern Conf finals either. I'll pull for & believe until we're eliminated. I expect nothing this year
Also, who are you to tell the world & die hard Knick fans "We're not gonna make the Eastern Conf Finals"?
If we make it out the 1st round we'll take on the Bulls. Who are you to say we won't beat Chicago?
Playoffs are different than the regular season but we're 2-0 against the Bulls this year. They had Rose both games too. I could care less if they were "without" Boozer & or Noah. We were without Melo & Billups...
I heard Jet fans say we wouldn't make the AFCCG with a rookie coach & QB last year. Same fans said we wouldn't beat Rivers & SD on the road (hottest team in football then). I heard Jet fan after Jet fan "making it known" how we couldn't beat both Manning & the Colts / Brady, BB & the Patriots on the road this year. We did all of the above.
I've followed & played sports since childhood. Going on 20 years now. Never listen to when someone says "you can't" do something. I've learned to take the know-it-all type / predict-the-future types of fan remarks with a grain of salt over the years.
I knew we could beat any team in 2009 for 4 reasons. I know a good team when I see one, #1 defense led by Rex Ryan himself. #1 ranked & best rushing attack in Jets franchise history & one of the best, if not the best offensive lines in the entire league.
Not trying to turn this into a Jets thread but no one can tell me the Knicks cant make the Eastern Conf Finals; especially if we face the Bulls during the 2nd round. How many rings does Rose have? None. Everyone is 0-0-0 come playoff time. New season & a new begining. Your right... It doesn't matter when you became a fan. But if you were never around for the Ewing & Riley era against Phil, MJ, Pippen & the Bulls or Reggie, Jackson & the Smitz.. You have no idea of living through those playoffs wars other than the JVG Knicks era. Just like I know nothing about the Reed, Walt & Monro era of 72. No matter how much you read or watch old games of the Riley era.. If you weren't around to witness it first hand; you can't live through that moment.
The winner of the 1-8 matchup, which looks like Chicago should take Indiana, will automaticlly play the winner of the 4-5 matchup, so Chicago could only play Atlanta or Orlando in the 2nd round regardless of who else wins there series.
So let's say the Knicks finish 6th and play Miami as the 3rd, then the winner of that matchup would play the winner of the 2-7 matchup no matter what, so it would only be either Boston or Philly in the 2nd round.
So regardless if the Knicks end up as the 6th seed or 7th seed, IF they beat their first round opponent they will have to play the winner of the Philly-MIA/BOS matchup. So it looks like we will have to face either Boston or Miami in the 1st round, for this example let's just say Miami in the 1st, so if we beat them then we would have to face Boston in the 2nd barring a pretty big upset by Philly. If we get Boston round 1, then it would be the winner of Miami Philly.
Last edited by PaPZ187; Apr 06, 2011 at 18:00.
If you were watching back in 99 during our playoff run you would remember when we beat Miami as the 8th seed we didn't face the best remaining team in the 2nd round (#2 Indiana) we faced the 4th seed Hawks, who we swept 4-0 while Indiana had to play the 3rd seed that year, then after we beat Atlanta we played and beat Indiana in the Eastern Finals.
Thanks Papz... It's been a long time since the Knicks were in the playoffs & I honestly forgot how the playoffs worked. Thanks for the correction though. Makes the 6th seed even more important because the 76ers are a team that can upset an aging Boston team. Slim to none; but possible.