After losing nine of the last ten games, the New York Knicks’ hopes of playing in the postseason are diminishing. The team’s recent play looked hopeless, as if the team has already been eliminated from playing in the postseason.
New York still has hope for contention in the playoffs, but they must solve a big problem that occurs in most of the Knicks’ games this season.
During the halftime show of Sunday’s game between the Knicks and the Chicago Bulls, former NBA All-Star and Coach Doug Collins said that the NBA game isn’t decided by the final minutes of the game but instead the opening minutes of regulation.
A big flaw in the Knicks’ past ten performances is their slow-scoring starts. New York has trailed in the first quarter of every game since the overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 12. In 16 of their 21 victories, the Knicks were able to outscore opponents in the first quarter of competition.
Trailing earlier in the game adds more panic and agony into every player on the roster wearing a Knicks uniform. Even fans wearing a jersey can feel the pain of every loss. These feelings cause the players to take more shots from long distance with less ball movement.
If New York wants to start taking control of games, the team must focus on trying to execute plays during the first quarter. If not, the Knicks will be playing every game with their backs against the wall. This scenario has been on repeat throughout the entire season, and the Knicks’ 21-39 record proves that playing catch up hurts the team’s chances of being a successful organization.