johnnyvann840 wrote:CobyWhite0 wrote:johnnyvann840 wrote:
They are playing great but look who they have to pass for the 4th seed. Knicks and Hawks are tied but the Knicks own the tie break. Knicks never lose anymore either and the Knicks just beat ATL in OT going away. Held them to 5 pts in the OT period. Knicks beat them because they could get stops when they needed them and the Hawks couldn't. It'll be interesting because the Knicks have a really tough schedule. Other than us and the Rockets they have the Suns, Grizz, Denver, Suns again, Clippers , Lakers, Spurs, Hornets, Celts. That has got to be the toughest schedule in the NBA to finish the season. If it stays those two teams in the 4 and 5 spots it will be a interesting 1st round series but the Knicks have swept them this season 3-0.
The Knicks only won that game because Trae got hurt.
The Hawks were up by 11 late in the 3rd quarter when Trae got hurt and left the game.
That same ATL team, WITHOUT Trae, just beat a full strength Milwaukee in their next game. The fact they were down 11 means nothing. The Knicks have come back from a lot of deficits in 4th Q's during this run, because they wear teams down and they get stronger as the game goes on, which is the trait of a good team. They don't die in the 4th Q of games.
Regarding your other reply to my same post, undermining the Knicks streak, I'll just say that it's the NBA and a 9 game winning streak is damn impressive regardless. Also, They beat a Raptors team that had won 6 in a row and Charlotte came in on another 4 or 5 game winning streak. Any team in the NBA can beat any other team on any given night, that is why a 9 game winning streak is very impressive. If it weren't we would see all of the best teams doing it routinely, but they don't.
I agree with you, a win is a win is a win. Hell, the Wolves just beat the Jazz two straight, for anyone who doesn't think that any team can win any night.
The other thread, what I said was:
"but if we judge those 9 games using the same standards that are applied to Bulls wins".
You'll see it in damn near every PG thread after we win a game, posters pointing out who was missing that night from the other team, and why the win means nothing.
Personally, I don't care how "easy" a team's schedule is, winning 9 NBA games in a row is impressive. If the Knicks can go even 5-5 the rest of the way, they should be able to at least hold on to the 5th seed - and if the Hawks are #4, the Knicks can win a series. Even if the Knicks play the Celtics or Heat in the first round, that's a series they can win.
But they're only 2 games ahead of Boston and Miami, who are tied for 6 and 7 right now. If the Knicks fall there and have to face Philly or Milwaukee in the first round, I think they'd be huge underdogs with a very small chance of winning 4 out of 7.