So, Phil Jackson might have told GM Steve Mills and the New York Knicks “No way, Jose,” but the NBA season is not over and the Knicks still have a coach in Mike Woodson. How attached they might be to him is in question, but Woodson is still the coach right now. That being said, New York might be way down, but they are not out.
Having finally shaken a nasty losing streak, the Knicks played host to the low-down Utah Jazz and boy did it get ugly. New York looked the best they have all season, as the four out of five starters scored in double figures, led by no one other than Carmelo Anthony. Anthony had a game high 29 points, and also pulled in eight rebounds while the Knicks recorded their second straight win, 108-81.
The win moved New York into five games within the eighth place Atlanta Hawks, who at the moment are stumbling. I will be optimistic and say that the Knicks have a chance at the postseason, because they actually do. With 19 game left, that is more than enough for them to make up the distance and climb into playoff contention.
Based on their season history and the constant parade of drama that surrounds the organization, I immediately begin to lose hope. I can’t help but think that the Knicks will find some way of ruining it, because let’s be honest, they haven’t acted like the brightest bunch. With the way the East has been this season, you would think New York would have no problem making a run at playoff contention. Well, it might actually be happening.
With four winnable games coming up, let’s see if the Knicks can build some momentum before running into the wall that are the Indiana Pacers.
Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.