2013 NBA Playoffs: New York Knicks Near Disaster Mode

By Andy Schmidt
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Everything seemed all good with the New York Knicks just a few days ago when they had a 3-0 series lead on the Boston Celtics in their first round NBA playoff series. Boston has gone on to win the last two games of the series however, and it looks like the Knicks are in big trouble. I have said that once and I will say it again, game 5 was the key and if New York lost that game, which they did, that they would lose the series. I believe that more than ever now.

The Knicks are folding under pressure and look like a team that doesn’t know how to run a half-court offense. They were the worst team in the NBA during the regular season in assists and were near the bottom in rebounding as well. New York must make their shots or they are not a winning team. The Knicks shot just 39.5% during game 5 after shooting 34.4% during the game 4 loss. Boston has been under this pressure before a lot more than this Knicks team and it is showing.

Game 6 is in Boston on Friday night, and there is no reason to believe that the Knicks win that game either which is going to force a Game 7 on Sunday. That would be the worst-case scenario even with the game at home. The fans won’t take it too kindly if the Knicks were the first team to lose a 3-0 series lead. The snowball is rolling down the hill, and it is picking up speed as it gets ready to roll over the Knicks’ chances in this year’s playoffs.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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