Had the New York Knicks won the past two games, they would have tied with the Atlanta Hawks for wins. The Hawks are currently 31-38 and have lost the last three games. However, the Knicks have fallen short after two embarrassing losses against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers.
New York is currently 29-40, a spot below the last playoff seed held by Atlanta. The Knicks are running out of opportunities to jump into the playoff picture, and have failed miserably against two beatable teams.
They lost their momentum in the fourth quarter on Sunday against Cleveland. What started as a comfortable 17-point lead in the second quarter, ended in a 106-100 defeat. Their continued lack of urgency at Los Angeles is disappointing news for Knicks fans, especially after a defeating the Indiana Pacers weeks earlier, one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
The fact is, New York’s entire season had depended on momentum alone. Before their eight-game win streak, they lost seven in a row. In January, they had a five-game winning streak that seemed to help bolster their record before the All-Star break, but they had lost five straight games afterward.
Although the Knicks still have a good chance of entering the postseason in a weak conference, they do not have the strength to last a playoff series based on their performance for the season. They may have been consistent in streaking in both a positive and negative way, but they’ve proven to be truly unpredictable.