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Can the Celtics catch the Knicks?

Posted by shawn cassidy on March 10, 2013 at 6:15 AM



Who needs the profound waters when one needs only to feel the sting of the narrow corners. Those corners are becoming very narrow at this point for the Knicks. That hiss that  aches of the broken clocks that tick and tick. The season is drawing to an end, and with the Knicks up 4 1/2 games with around 22 games left in the season.


 

Catching fire with the speed of light is the Boston Celtics. The incandescence of a flickering lamp it may be. The waters are on fire, and the flames are catching the once blazing Knicks down to dust. Intensifying over the waters. Who needs to extinguish the flames? What singes like the noon in mid July?



ESPN New York on Melo's knee problems

As for Anthony, an MRI taken recently revealed no structural damage, he said. But there has been a fluid buildup in the back of it.

Woodson intimated that the team has no plans to drain the fluid in Anthony's knee at this point. The Knicks will continue with treatment and will give him time to rest. The team hasn't taken any further tests on the knee.

"I know he's getting his treatment and you don't always have to drain, you can treat and the swelling can go away that way as well," Woodson said. "We've just got to give it time and see what happens."

When Anthony does return, Woodson hopes to reduce his minutes.

Anthony has played an average of 37.8 minutes per game. He averaged 41 minutes per game in January and 38.8 in February. Woodson would like to play him closer to 35 minutes, his per-game average in November.



Amare out 6 weeks

The New York Knicks suffered a "major loss" on Saturday when they learned Amar'e Stoudemire needs a knee procedure that is expected to sideline him for approximately six weeks. "He's a big piece to the puzzle," coach Mike Woodson said. "It's a major loss to what we're trying to do but we're going to have to wait on him and continue our climb."

The team announced on Saturday evening that Stoudemire is expected to undergo a knee debridement sometime in the coming week. A debridement is a form of arthroscopic surgery that removes debris. And it's just the latest in a long list of knee ailments for the 30-year-old veteran.

 



So what's this mean for the Eastern Conference playoff landscape? Who knows really, but let's see what could happen. If you take in account that the Knicks won without Melo, and Amare Saturday night against the Jazz 113-84. Then it seems as if they'll be okay. Think for a moment though about Saturday's game. The Knicks were home, and they were playing a Jazz team falling apart. Plus the other guys wanted to prove something with the cloud of doom hanging over this team. In the long term what will be of this team that pictured themselves in the thick of things in May, and perhaps June. Lets run down the remaining schedule for a New York team on the brink of losing out on prime real estate in the race for home court in the East.


  • Games on the road?  13 games on the road. How many of those against teams above ,500? The answer is 9 games, and one of those will be in Boston on March 26th. The Knicks currently will head out on a 5 game road trip against the Clippers won of the best home teams, and the Nuggets who are tied with the Heat for best home record in the NBA.
  • Games @ Home? They have just 9 games at MSG. One of those against the Celtics on Sunday March 31, Easter day. In 5 of those games the Knicks will see 5 teams over .500
  • In total the Knicks will play 14 games against teams with a .500 record in 22 games remaining on the schedule. Rough schedule for the Knicks.



How about the gritty Celtics? What's on tap for the C's.


  • Games on the road? 11 games on the road for the Celts. How many against teams over .500? Just four of the teams have records of .500 and above. The Celtics will see the Knicks on road like I said, and Sunday's big game against the Thunder will be one of those 4 games.
  • Games @ the Garden? 10 home games, not bad considering the remaining road games against teams like Charlotte,Orlando, and the Hornets. At home the Celtics see 5 teams over .500.  They have some big games against the Pacers again in the Garden, the Heat, the Nets, and New York. 
  • In total the Celtics play 9 games against .500 teams out of the final 21 games. Overall the C's have a better schedule perhaps. The Celtics do have 6 back-to-backs to go, and that's bad news, and how many teams are over .500 on the second night? Just one when the Celtics see Memphis.



The Celtics have a good chance to steal the Atlantic title much like the game from Indiana on Wednesday night. We shouldn't leave out the Nets who seem to be playing decent ball right now. They are winners of three in a row. The Celtics are just one game back in the loss column of the Nets as well. Lets say that the seeding stands pat. The Celtics would draw the Knicks in the first round as the 6th seed. I think it could be a good match up for the Celtics. What if the Celtics grab the second seed? I hate to build myself to fall. But, the way things have been thus far. Anything seems to be a possibility. I firmly believe the Celtics won't catch the Knicks, but I wouldn't be surprised. Especially with the injury issues of the Knicks.

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Reply Franklin
12:26 PM on March 10, 2013 
I think its a matter of when instead of if they can..