The Knicks are getting into a stretch of video games that could define this year.
The New York Knicks are underachieving no make any difference how you slice it. Soon after finishing fourth in the Japanese Meeting and generating marquee additions in absolutely free company, eleventh area in the Japanese Meeting is not fantastic plenty of. Not by a longshot.
With that stated, we have not even hit the midway issue of the year. Tom Thibodeau‘s Knicks have a great deal of time to transform matters all over. In reality, the 2020-21 Knicks ended up 19-19 through 38 video games, just one particular sport superior than this year’s squad.
But if the Knicks are heading to make a turnaround, now would be a fantastic time to start out.
Their win in excess of the Indiana Pacers kicked off a ten-sport stretch that functions 8 video games at Madison Square Back garden, only three of which are from teams with information over .five hundred — Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, and Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers are at .five hundred accurately though the Mavericks and Hornets are a put together three video games over sea stage. This is not a murderer’s row that the Knicks are struggling with in excess of the following handful of months.
Knicks Impending Routine
Jan. 6 — vs. Boston Celtics (eighteen-twenty)
Jan. 8 — @ Boston Celtics (eighteen-twenty)
Jan. ten — vs. San Antonio Spurs (fifteen-22)
Jan. twelve — vs. Dallas Mavericks (twenty-eighteen)
Jan. fifteen — @ Atlanta Hawks (17-twenty)
Jan. 17 — vs. Charlotte Hornets (twenty-19)
Jan. eighteen — vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (eighteen-twenty)
Jan. twenty — vs. New Orleans Pelicans (thirteen-25)
Jan. 23 — vs. Los Angeles Clippers (19-19)
Information as of Thursday, Jan. 6.
Although the Knicks are on the outdoors wanting in at the participate in-in tournament, they can flip the script in excess of the training course of the following three times. They have a home-and-home collection with the Boston Celtics on Thursday and Saturday.
It just so takes place that the Celtics own the very same document as the Knicks — eighteen-twenty — and at present occupy the 10th place in the Japanese Meeting.
In a fantastic situation where by we set on our orange and blue-colored glasses, the Knicks will be twenty-twenty and two video games ahead of the Celtics in the standings when this weekend is through.
A sturdy seven-three document throughout this ten-sport stretch would set the Knicks at 24-23 and give them a tiny little bit of momentum.
They are heading to require it primarily based on the timetable just after these following ten video games.
Soon after the Clippers sport, the Knicks are on the road for 8 of their following twelve primary up to the All-Star crack. That includes nine video games from teams at present in the playoffs or participate in-in (Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Golden Condition Warriors, and Brooklyn Nets).
If the Knicks fall short to capitalize on this manageable ten video games, the following twelve could set their year on life aid.