The New York Knicks are currently sitting in seventh place in the Eastern Division (third in the Atlantic Division) with a 35-35 record, one game behind the sixth place Philadelphia Sixers. They are 4-6 in their last ten games, in the midst of a three game losing streak and are only 7-9 since the Carmelo Anthony trade.
The Knicks have twelve games left in their regular season. They have twelve games to figure out what kind of team they are. They have twelve games to get their act together before the playoffs begin. If the playoffs were to begin today, they’d be matched up against the 50-19 Boston Celtics. The Knicks were able to play a good three quarters against the Celtics on Monday night then collapsed in the fourth quarter, losing the game by ten. Not helping matters, forward Carmelo Anthony had to sit out the last few minutes after being elbowed in the face by Rajon Rondo. Anthony has faith that his team can turn things around.
“It’s a process, it’s a long process. That’s something that I keep telling myself, I keep telling the guys on the team that. At the end of the day, it’s going to get to where we want it to be at. I’m not too concerned with that. I’m confident in that. I’m positive about making that happen, making this whole thing work.”
Things do not get easier for the Knicks tonight. They’re playing the Orlando Magic (45-26) who are riding into Madison Square Garden on a three game winning streak.
These teams last met in Orlando on March 1st with the Magic coming away with a 116-110 win. The Magic are fifth in the league in scoring defense which doesn’t bode well for the Knicks who are naturally more successful when they score over 100 points in a game. Orlando has held their last five opponents to an average of 88.4 a game.
The game is at 8:00pm EST.