With resilience, the New York Knicks managed to deflate the Indiana Pacers 92-86. Not only did the Knicks extend their win streak to seven, but they won against the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference.
The Knicks played the Pacers on Wednesday as if they were on a mission. Carmelo Anthony played with great desperation and the overwhelming will to win. The rest of the team carried the energy. It looked like their new president of basketball operations, Phil Jackson, had already inspired them to play at another level. If New York continues to perform with the same attitude, there’s no question that they can continue this impressive streak through the rest of the season.
Unfortunately, it will be a very tough road for the ninth-place Knicks to make a run for the playoffs. Although they have clicked on all cylinders this month, the Atlanta Hawks have won five straight games and hold the eighth and final playoff seed.
Both the Knicks and Hawks will face 10 more teams this season with a winning record. It’s hard to make a solid prediction on how the outcome may unfold, but so far it favors Atlanta and their 31-35 record. New York will need to finish off the season stronger than Atlanta and add many more wins to their current record of 28-40.
However, the Knicks have given away too many losses earlier in the season. Since Atlanta is 4.5 games ahead of New York, it means the Knicks will not be able to decide their fate. The Hawks will need to lose five more games than the Knicks in order for New York to enter the postseason.
The Knicks hope to continue their run on Friday when they face a Philadelphia 76ers team currently on an historic 22-game losing streak.