Opening Tip: Better off in 7th or 8th?

April, 16, 2012
4/16/12
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Every weekday morning throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.

Today's Burning Question: Do you want to see the Knicks end up in the 7th or 8th seed if they make the playoffs?


The Knicks lost to Miami on Sunday, ending a nine-game home winning streak and a two-day stay in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

And things only got worse for New York the rest of the day.

The Celtics beat the Bobcats on Sunday night, on a night when Doc Rivers decided to pull a Gregg Popovich and rested Boston's Big Three. The Celtics' win gave them a 4½-game cushion over the Knicks for first place in the Atlantic Division with just six games to go.

Mike Woodson has said again and again that his team's goal is to win the division. They can be mathematically eliminated from that pursuit if they don't beat the Celtics on Tuesday.

The Magic -- without Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu -- beat the Cavaliers on Sunday to go four games up on the Knicks with six to go. Orlando is suffering through injury problems -- Glen Davis also hurt his knee and did not return on Sunday -- but the Knicks would need to go 5-1 and the Magic would have to go 1-4 for New York to leapfrog Orlando in the standings.

So it seems most likely that the Knicks will end up with the seventh or eighth seed if they make the playoffs.

Question: Do you think the Knicks end up in seventh, eighth or out of the playoffs? Would you rather them play Miami or Chicago in the first round?

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