You were smart if you didn’t pencil in a win for the New York Knicks against the Orlando Magic like most of us did. A sure win is never a real thing and that proved to be true when New York lost 129-121 in double-overtime to Orlando on Friday night. Victor Oladipo had a career night with 30 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds. Despite Carmelo Anthony‘s 44 points, the young Magic team picked up only their 17th win of the season and the Knicks left the court embarrassed yet again.
With each loss, the Knicks draw themselves further and further away from a playoff spot. Now at 21-34, New York will have to start actually winning games to stay in the race rather than stay in it due to a weak conference. But the road ahead doesn’t look very promising for the underachieving Knicks.
In the next four games, the Knicks will be at home twice and on the road twice. Their next game will be at the Atlanta Hawks who are 4.5 games ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings. Then in three-straight games they’ll have to face the Dallas Mavericks at home, Miami Heat on the road and Golden State Warriors back at The Garden. It’s almost inevitable that the Knicks will lose these four games with the way they’re playing. In the five games after that, they’ll face four teams with better records than them. With only 27 games remaining, every contest counts.
In the loss at Orlando, the Knicks again couldn’t find a way to win a close game. It’s been their problem all season and it’s going to be the reason why they don’t make they playoffs. They’ve had opportunity after opportunity to take advantage of weak teams and play themselves into the playoff picture. Not only is this New York Knicks team not good enough to compete in the playoffs, they aren’t good enough to compete in the NBA at this point.
Coach Mike Woodson switched up the lineup and most notably, he gave more minutes to Tim Hardaway Jr. It was refreshing to see a young scorer get the playing time he deserved, but it didn’t matter. At this point in the season, the Knicks aren’t capable of winning close games because they forgot how to win. The season seems to be lost for them and the only way to get it back is to make a statement in the tough upcoming games.