Wednesday, March 5, 2014
W2W4: Knicks at Timberwolves
By Ian Begley
Here are a few things to keep an eye on during tonight's Knicks-Timberwolves game:
How bad can it get? The Knicks have lost seven straight. A defeat to Minnesota on Wednesday would leave the Knicks with their first eight-game losing streak since February 2010.
Win or lose, the Knicks will probably talk about being mathematically alive in the playoff hunt after the game. But the odds are slim.
They enter play Wednesday 6 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
As we've mentioned before, since the current 16-team playoff format began in 1983-84, only two playoff qualifiers were five or more games out of the eighth playoff spot with 25 or fewer games left in the season (1996-97 Bullets, 2004-05 Nets).
Both of those teams were swept in the first round.
Show him some Love? The Knicks will get a close look Wednesday at a player some hope will be part of their future.
Kevin Love is expected to test free agency in the summer of 2015, and the Knicks would love to get him to the Garden.
Love is having one of his best seasons as a pro. He's averaging 32.9 points and shooting 46.4 percent from 3-point range in the Wolves' past seven games. They've won six in that span.
Love has also crushed the Knicks of late. In his past four meetings against New York, Love has averaged 32.5 points and 20.5 rebounds, according to STATS LLC. He had 34, 15 and 5 assists while Kevin Martin added 30 points in a 109-100 win at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 3.
More time for Toure'?Raymond Felton has struggled mightily for most of the season. But those struggles have only worsened since the point guard was charged with two weapons-related felonies last week.
Since his arraignment, Felton has hit just 21.9 percent (7-for-32) in four games. He went 1-for-9 against Detroit on Monday. You have to wonder how much longer Mike Woodson can go with him. Maybe it's time to play Toure' Murry more often?