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Preview: Knicks’ season could end against Pacers tonight

May 16, 2013, 4:59 PM EST

New York's Anthony moves on Indiana's George during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis.

The Knicks had their best regular season since 1994-95, their first scoring champion since 1984-85 and their only playoff-series victory since 20020. Their season, whether or not it sends in Game 5 against the Pacers tonight, should be viewed as a success and praised. New York overachieved, at one point playing like the best team in the NBA – a phenomenal achievement for an old, hodgepodge roster.

But thanks to the hypercritical media environment in New York, a vocal unreasonable fan base and their own doing, the Knicks will likely be viewed as failures with a second-round exit. The expectations have just become too high.

In the last 12 years, only the Bobcats and Raptors have fewer playoff wins than the Knicks.

pbt playoff wins since 2002

Some act like the current Knicks should erase that dozen years of playoff futility, even though no current New York player has been on the roster more than three years.

The Knicks can’t fix the last 12 years tonight. They can win a game.

But they shouldn’t have to win that game to get respect.

If their closest peers in the last dozen years – the Wizard and Bucks on the slightly better side, Raptors and Bobcats on the slightly worse side – beat the Hawks in a first-round series, we’d celebrate their season as a success. The Knicks deserve the same treatment, no matter how fun it is too laugh at the haughty franchise when it stumbles.

  1. spree8 - May 16, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    gosh! knicks didnt even make the playoffs in 2002 let alone winning the series smh. proofread please!

    • dysraw1 - May 16, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      wasn’t that the year we got swept by J Kidd and the Nets

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 17, 2013 at 3:26 AM

        2004.

  2. coltsfreek - May 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Anthony looks nervous in that trust fall pic.

  3. dysraw1 - May 16, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    last game of a marvelous season if we lose, but every game is the last game in this series

  4. 4thquartermagic - May 16, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Hope so. Indiana is the better team.

    Least then the Heat have to somewhat earn their spot in the Finals.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 17, 2013 at 3:31 AM

      No, Indiana is not. The Knicks are just missing a good number of WIDE OPEN looks in every game of this series.

      And you cannot project the outcome of a future series from what is taking place in another. Match ups matter in the NBA. The Heat do not have a 7’2″ big man and a grinding 6’9″ power forward who dominate the boards and collapse the paint defensively. Teams like that have OWNED or given fits to the Knicks this year (CHI, BKN, most notably). It is folly to think that if the Knicks win this series that, basing it off the showing in the Pacers series, they would just walk all over them, when the Knicks will continue to do what they’ve done in the previous four games versus Miami. Miami would have to remain sound in their rotations defensively, or else hope that the Knicks are cold with tons of good looks over the course of a series, as they’ve done against the type of defense that thwarts a lot of the things that the Knicks like to do.

      The Heat do not have that type of defense, although it is obviously very good.

      • 4thquartermagic - May 17, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        Well I don’t think it’ll matter much (since Pacers will close them out) your point regarding the lack of size for the Heat is a valid one. Miami is not as tough inside as either the Bulls of Indiana. However the Knicks have struggled due to Georges excellent defense on Melo. Heat can defend Melo just as well. Even if Melo goes “off” for 9 of 23, 3 rebs, and 1 assists with 27 points, Lebron will put up 25-8-8 and 2 steals. Heat don’t match up the same as CHI, INDY but they do matchup well against the Knicks. Series would be 4-2 Heat at best.

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