Knicks Eye Postseason Play

Knicks Eye Postseason Play

A Column, By Joe McNally

The Knicks have been on fire as of late, winning their last six games and eight of the 10 they have recently played.

New York defeated the Boston Celtics on Monday, Feb. 27, by a score of 109-94.  They have won their first three games since the all-star break and have now passed their cross-town rival Brooklyn Nets to become the 5th seed team in the Eastern Conference.

I believe if the Knicks keep this up, they might be able to finish as a 4th seed, maybe even the 3rd seed.  They are only 2.5 games behind the 4th seed Cleveland Cavaliers right now in the East.  They are also creeping up on the 3rd seed Philadelphia 76ers, as they are 4.5 games back.  It may seem like a long shot, but it is certainly a possibility, and that is if the Knicks don’t lose momentum.

There is no reason to believe the Knicks will slow down.  They caught fire at the right time, and their star players are playing to their standards.  Forward Julius Randle has been amazing as of late, He had 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists in the win against the Pelicans.  Guard Jalen Brunson has been playing like an all-star all season long.  We can’t forget Immanuel Quickley’s performance off the bench against Boston.  Quickley finished with 23 points and two assists in the win.

Most players on the Knicks are no strangers to the postseason.  The Knicks made the playoffs in 2021 but unfortunately lost to Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks in five games, in just the first round.  Many fans would love for a different outcome this postseason.

This season is shocking to many, as plenty of experts had the Knicks missing the playoffs this season.  They have played much better than everyone expected.

“I feel if they can stay above .500 ,we’ll be okay in the playoffs, and if our star players like Julius Randle and (Jalen) Brunson step up when they need to, the Knicks will be fine,” said Anthony Corsaro, a 19-year-old journalism major from Manalapan.  With only 19 games left in the season, the Knickerbockers will need to play tough against some opponents, including Miami and Denver.  They still have a tough schedule ahead, but I believe the Knicks will succeed in these situations.