The NBA All-Star break is a little over two weeks away and it will be an excited weekend for all NBA fans. As for New York Knicks fans, this season hasn’t been that enjoyable but things could be looking more positive these days.
After putting a smack down on the Boston Celtics at MSG, the Knicks are winners of three straight. These opponents aren’t quite championship contenders, but the Knicks will take anything they can these days.
The Knicks have seven games until the break, five at home and two on the road. Here is the remaining schedule:
1/30 vs. Cavaliers
2/1 vs. Heat
2/2 @ Bucks
2/5 vs. Trailblazers
2/7 vs. Nuggets
2/9 @ Thunder
2/12 vs. Kings
The two obvious games that stand out are against the Heat and in Oklahoma City. The Knicks have actually been quite good against these two teams the last two seasons, especially against the Heat. I am going to take the safe route here and pencil these games as losses, especially in Oklahoma City and the way Kevin Durant has been playing.
Two out of the next three the Knicks must win, which is against the Cavs and in Milwaukee to play the Bucks. Both teams are underachieving, and in the Bucks case one of the worst teams in the league. If the Knicks want to get this season back in order, you can’t lose these games.
The game against the Trailblazers you have to pencil in as a loss also. LaMarcus Aldridge has been playing at an excellent level and Damian Lillard is the exact kind of player the Knicks cannot guard. Where the Blazers shine is where the Knicks struggle so Knicks fans can’t realistically expect a win here as we are trying to forecast the future.
The other two games on the schedule would be two home games against the Nuggets and Kings. It’s easy for me to say these are two easy games for the Knicks, but nothing is easy this season. The Nuggets as we all now are Carmelo Anthony’s former team and that should add some added determination to win this game.
The team I am more worried about is the Kings, more specifically DeMarcus Cousins. Boogie has been a beast all year and I don’t know if anyone on the Knicks can stop him. The Kings usually play well against the Knicks so I wouldn’t be surprised if the last game before the break is a struggle for the Knicks.
Including a win against the Kings, which means the Knicks would go 4-3 in their last seven games before the break, which would put them at 22-30. Obviously if I told you that would be the Knicks record at the break before the season started, you would be pretty mad at me. If the Knicks go 4-3, that would make them 7-3 in their last 10, which is how they should be playing.
Let’s hope in the next 20 something days the Knicks make strides in turning this season around and play the way they are supposed to be playing.