The Eastern Conference has long been considered a two team race for a trip to the Finals, but the sheer mediocrity of the East has become increasingly disappointing. One fact that absolutely drives this point home is the very sad but true situation the New York Knicks currently find themselves in. The Knicks are just one game out of the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and there’s still plenty of time to improve their standing before the playoffs begin.
Of course, New York needs to win their games at a much improved rate than they have to this point in the season, but there are encouraging signs that they are poised to do just that. The most encouraging sign of all is their recent performance against playoff caliber teams. Since the New Year, New York has won five of their six games, which includes wins over the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.
A stretch like this would seem like a normal day at the office for most teams, but the Knicks have fallen short of all their expectations coming into this season. Now that New York has apparently turned the corner, their star player, Carmelo Anthony, has been recognized with the Eastern Conference Player of the Week Award.
New York has experienced some success recently, but they have no room to relax. The Knicks are close to entering the playoff conversation, but they’re still on the outside looking in. With the recent success the Knicks have enjoyed, if they can remain focused on getting better game by game they shouldn’t have to worry about a letdown.