The Knicks are 3-8. It is very tough to accept that. At a time with high aspirations and high expectations, the Knicks have fallen into the bottom pit of the Eastern Conference. It looks horrible. James Dolan is beginning to panic, wanting to pull off a blockbuster trade for Rajon Rondo or just dangle Iman Shumpert for somebody at least. Is he justified in panicking? No, and here is why.
The Eastern Conference has been the inferior conference in the NBA for years now, and this year is no different. The Knicks are just a game out of the number 8 seed, and 1.5 behind the 4th seed. They are not in a huge hole right now at all. They still have 71 games to play out. Gaining 1.5 games in 71 games is not a tall task.
Tyson Chandler’s injury is a huge loss for the Knicks. A leader on and off the court, Chandler provides a huge presence on defense, not to mention size and strength down low. He is also the team’s leading rebounder. His absence is not helping the Knicks. Raymond Felton has been battling a hamstring injury the whole season, before missing the last two games. JR Smith is recovering from off season knee surgery and a suspension, and after struggling initially, his play seems to be improving. The Knicks have not been at full strength for most of the season. Some of their games’ outcomes could be different if they had their whole squad.
Battling With The Best
The Knicks stayed toe for toe with some of the best teams. They lost 82-81 to the Bulls, with that game coming down to the final shot. They lost 109-106 to the Rockets, nearly besting them without Chandler. And they came close to slaying the beasts of the league thus far, the Indiana Pacers. A controversial, whistle-filled game, the Knicks ultimately fell short in overtime. The Knicks have shown they can compete with the best.
It’s Only November!
Lastly, their are still 71 games left. The season is young and the Knicks could turn it around. The Indiana Pacers started 3-6 last season and ended up reaching the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Knicks season is not over, and it is not time to begin to panic just yet. The season is still young, and their are still many games left.