The Knicks were 19-29 when they hosted the Portland Trailblazers at Madison Square Garden last night (Wednesday) and were in close proximity of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Seattle Seahawks’ 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium was a reminder that football, in its purest form, is a game of physicality, speed, explosiveness and the imposition of will.
Many NFL fans and pundits think that Super Bowl XLVIII will be decided by either the brilliance of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos’ high-powered passing attack or the dominance of cornerback Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive backfield.
The Knicks’ Tuesday night matchup with the Boston Celtics and tonight’s (Thursday) pairing with the Cleveland Cavaliers can be considered warm-up acts to Saturday’s main event.
The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.
The NFC Championship had to come down to the Seattle Seahawks facing the San Francisco 49ers for the honor of playing in Super Bowl XLVIII.
This season, the Giants’ first losing season since 2004, has followed a pattern not uncommon with the volatile nature of the NFL.
It’s Christmas week, and the Grinch has exercised every bit of his power to steal the Knicks’ season, one that has been characterized by mind-numbingly poor play and a plethora of injuries.
There are no immediate or obvious answers for the Knicks’ thunderous decline. They are 3-13 and have lost nine straight games, tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the worst record in the Eastern Conference at the start of this week. To borrow a refrain from the Beastie Boys, there will be “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” where the Knicks will meet the Nets tonight (Thursday) at the Barclays Center.
Mathematically, the Giants are in still in the playoff chase. Their 24-17 win over the Redskins in Washington on Sunday night assured them another week of playing for more than just self-respect and dignity. At 5-7 with four games remaining, the Giants are at the brink of elimination, yet march on with hope. The 0-6 start haunts them, even if the Giants say they have to look forward to Sunday’s game versus the San Diego Chargers on the road. What if they could have just won two of those six? The atmosphere surrounding the Giants would be significantly different heading into Week 14.