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Week of Waiting is Over, Knicks Return After Four Day Break

by Michael Schepp | Posted on Friday, April 11th, 2014
For playoff basketball to be played at Madison Square Garden this season, the Knicks must sweep their remaining four games.

For playoff basketball to be played at Madison Square Garden this season, the Knicks must sweep their remaining four games.

The New York Knicks hit an odd point in their schedule this week when they had four consecutive days off leading up to their game against Toronto this Friday (today).

The team they are chasing, the Atlanta Hawks had two huge games earlier in the week that would play a significant role in the chances of the Knicks sneaking into the playoffs.

The Hawks were coming off a dominating win against the Indiana Pacers but lost to the Detroit Pistons on Monday night who had a extremely disappointing season as they are now preparing for the NBA lottery. On Tuesday night the Hawks faced another team who is getting ready for the lottery, the Boston Celtics. After blowing a first quarter lead, the Celtics lead for most of the way till late in the fourth quarter when the Hawks ended up winning the game 105-97.

The Knicks now are two games back with only four games remaining in the schedule. The New York would have to go 4-0 and the Hawks would have to finish 1-3 for the Knicks to finish as the eighth seed.

One positive that came out of these couple days off, was the opportunity for Carmelo Anthony to rest his injured right shoulder. After being diagnosed with a deep bruise or a small strain of the right shoulder, Melo has not been his normal self as his shot seems to be off.

If the Knicks are going to make a miraculous finish to this season, they are going to need the Hawks to completely collapse and Carmelo Anthony to have a healthy shoulder to play like he has all season long.

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