Thursday, March 22, 2012

Playoff Picture: Celtics beat Bucks, Help Knicks' playoff standing

Boston defeats ninth place Milwaukee, 100-91. This win is a mixed blessing for the Knicks. The Boston win means New York now hold a 1.5 game lead over Milwaukee for the final playoff spot. By no means a solid lead, considering the Knicks have 19 games left to play, but significant at this point. However the Celtics' win means they retain a 2.5 game lead over the Knicks for the seventh spot.

New York would like to leapfrog Boston and Atlanta to move into the sixth spot to benefit off a easier first round matchup. Miami and Chicago have all but locked up the top two spots with the closest competition being the Orlando Magic who are 5.5 games behind the second place Heat. If the Knicks were able to move up into the sixth spot they currently likely face the Magic.

However, the Knicks may have the toughest remaining schedule, facing off against eleven playoff teams including both Miami and Chicago. This will be a tough test for the team and we will get a look a at New York's playoff viability.

Current Playoff Standings

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