The New York Knicks’ season is headed in a downward spiral.
With how things have gone for the New York Knicks over the past two seasons with strong starts that ended up being wasted while falling apart in January, we have to wonder if this season is deja-vu.
After a strong first few months of the season, the Knicks seem to once again be falling apart at the seams.
At one point the Knicks had one of the best home records in the NBA, while struggling on the road. Now it seems as though they can’t win whether it’s on the road or at Madison Square Garden.
Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans was extremely alarming for many reasons. For one, they were at home and secondly, Tim Hardaway Jr, had a very strong game with 25 points and they still couldn’t get a win.
Knicks can’t figure out how to close games anymore
New York has proven at times this season that they know how to win close games. That hasn’t been the case sine they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers on Christmas day. Since then, the Knicks have only won two of their last 11 games.
Just like against the Pelicans on Sunday, the Knicks have been falling apart in the fourth quarter and have been losing too many close games as they continue to slip further out of the playoff picture.
New York still in the playoff picture
The great thing about the NBA and the fact that the Knicks play in the Eastern Conference, is that they’re not out of the playoff picture with the All-Star break right around the corner.
As of right now, the Knicks are only 3.5 games back of the eighth place Milwaukee Bucks. If they want to try and gain some ground, they’ll need to figure out how to win some of the games on their upcoming road trip.
Right now, it’s too early to say the Knicks’ season is over, but losing nine of their last 11 games doesn’t help their confidence. They have some winnable games coming up against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, as well as the Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz this week. They’ll need guys like Hardaway and Kristaps Porzingis to hit more big shots down the stretch, if they’re going to do so.
If New York can win their next three games before facing the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets, they will be able to slightly dig themselves out of their current hole.
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