The Knicks must run the table vs Cavs, ATL, CLIPS and Bobcats to secure 6th seed. They may even drop one and still over take the Howard-less Magic.
The Magic are currently 36-26. the Knicks are 33-29. We will have Stat back tonight. Which Stat shows up the next four games will determine our seeding.
Meanwhile the Magic have three tough games vs Utah, Denver and Memphis with the Bobcats thrown in. Strap on your seatbelts..it's going to be one hell of a ride!
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Mike Woodson announced that the Knicks will sign 6-11 journeyman center Dan Gadzuric and waive swingman Bill Walker in a move to provide depth and insurance for the playoffs.
Gadzuric, 34, an athletic big man out of UCLA, will be added in case Amar’e Stoudemire and Jared Jeffries break down in the playoffs. Prior to signing with the Knicks, Gadzuric played for the Texas Legends in the D-League and overseas in China. Gadzuric's last NBA action came last season when he played for the Nets, appearing in 14 games. Gadzuric had played eight seasons for the Bucks after UCLA.
"It gives us another big,'' Woodson said. "Just in case Jared is not able to come back from his rest. It gives us a veteran big that's been around that could use fouls and rebound.''
Mase sounds off on Melo..via NY Post:
Even when Linsanity sent the rest of the Knicks into the background, Anthony Mason never forgot who mattered most.
As much as the 45-year-old former Knicks forward admires Jeremy Lin as a person and a player, Mason said yesterday the former phenom’s knee injury and subsequent absence has been key in helping remind the Knicks what they never should have forgotten in the first place — this is Carmelo Anthony’s team.
“Isn’t it funny, Lin gets hurt and they put the ball back in the hands of who they’re supposed to and now Carmelo’s the greatest thing since sliced bread,” Mason told The Post at the 10th annual BTIG Commissions for Charity Day in Manhattan.
“I love the story and all, but they’ve finally put the ball back in the right person’s hands. Carmelo’s been doing this for nine, 10 years. There’s no way that Carmelo’s done what he’s done all these years to have to fit in with nobody.”
When Lin last played on March 24, Anthony had gone seven straight games without scoring 20 points — the longest stretch of his career — averaging 14.1 points while shooting 39.4 percent from the field and 21.7 percent on 3-pointers in that span.
Since then, the Knicks are 9-4 after last night’s 104-95 victory over the Nets. Anthony last night scored 33 points, surpassing 30 points for the third straight game and the sixth time in nine games this month. He shot 11 of 21 and finished slightly ahead of the NBA-best 32.1 points he was averaging in April.
“I admire [Lin], but Carmelo had to fit in to a first-time player? Are you serious?” Mason said. “I think [Lin will] be good and he can contribute, but not as far as taking the ball from one of the hardest players in the league to defend.
“Denver found out the hard way. When you trade one person for five people, of course at first you have more energy and you’re going to win some games, but when it came to the playoffs they had no go-to player. All of a sudden, [Denver wins one playoff game last season]. You think that would happen if [Anthony] was there? No way.”