For an entire generation, people have loved laughing at the New York Knicks. The team has been as dysfunctional as it comes for the past 20 years.
In that time frame, the team has only made the playoffs five times and has won just one playoff series, all the way back in 2013. Much of the blame can be laid at the feet of owner James Dolan, who is dysfunctional and should just focus on his band and sell the Knicks.
But, this season has been a good one for the Knicks, after a 10-13 start to the season, the Knicks headed into Monday’s game against the team with the best record in the league, the Celtics, winners of five straight games to improve to 36-27. And, it was a huge chance to make a statement in front of a packed Madison Square Garden.
That’s exactly what they did, as the Knicks won 109-94, and were in control for all four quarters.
KNICKS WIN!! SIX STRAIGHT!! pic.twitter.com/wG3zQx6KTj
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) February 28, 2023
Jalen Brunson, the big offseason signing from the Mavericks, has been tremendous.
Jalen Brunson has been SPECIAL in NY.
Peep his top 10 plays of the season so far before the @nyknicks seek their 6th-straight win tonight vs. Boston! pic.twitter.com/v5GoIbbJuO
— NBA (@NBA) February 27, 2023
Julius Randle has returned to his form from 2020-2021, too.
Julius Randle this season pic.twitter.com/Cch45rHLpC
— Bankai 🗡 (@New_Tape_City) February 26, 2023
And, Tom Thibodeau has made a huge change by going to a nine-man rotation of Randle, Brunson, Mitchell Robinson, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin, Isaiah Hartenstine, Josh Hart, and Immanuel Quickley. That provides the team with a lot of balance and since acquiring Hart at the deadline, the team hasn’t lost.
Knicks are 6-0 since trading for Josh Hart
New York, New Era 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/znQDC3nyhG
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 28, 2023
And, with the crosstown Nets now having no stars, there’s never been a doubt that it’s a Knicks town.
As it stands right now, they are the fifth seed and would play the Cavs in the first round of the playoffs, as they sit at 36-27.