Final First Half Record Projection (Games 21-37)





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SUN,JAN 31-HOME

VS

LA Clippers

Loss


MON,FEB 01-AWAY

@

Chicago Bulls

Win

WED,FEB 03-AWAY

@

Chicago Bulls

Win

SAT,FEB 06-HOME

VS

Portland Trail Blazers

Loss

SUN,FEB 07-HOME

VS

Miami Heat

Loss

TUE, FEB 09-AWAY

@

Miami Heat

Loss


FRI,FEB 12-AWAY

@

Washington Wizards

Loss

SAT,FEB 13-HOME

VS

Houston Rockets

Loss

MON,FEB 15-HOME

VS

Atlanta Hawks

Loss

WED,FEB 17-AWAY

@

Orlando Magic

Win

SAT,FEB 20-HOME

VS

San Antonio Spurs

Loss

SUN,FEB 21-HOME

VS

Minnesota Timberwolves

Loss

TUE,FEB 23-HOME

VS

Golden State Warriors

Loss


THU,FEB 25-HOME

VS

Sacramento Kings

Loss

SAT,FEB 27-HOME

VS

Indiana Pacers

Loss

SUN,FEB 28-AWAY

@

Detroit Pistons

Loss

TUE,MAR 02-AWAY

@

San Antonio Spurs

Loss



Real Talk Time: I know we like to see the Knicks through rose colored glasses and assume they are going to surprise a lot of the teams in this league this year with a new coach and staff along with the kids who seem to have made some improvements in their games and solid rookie draft picks. The fact of the matter is that the experts have picked the Knicks to win between 20-23 games this year. I would love for the Knicks to shock the world and make the playoffs, or at least get close but until I see them make consistent plays and hard-nosed defense to affect the outcome of games, we have to expect that they are who people think they are.


I have no doubt that this team will grow and improve and with these 17 games going 3-14 bringing the first half record to 9-28 they have nowhere to go but up from here. Thibs will certainly be assessing the talent and monitoring any trades that could happen to add proven talent to this team but as of right now they have an uphill battle playing against a league that all the teams (with the exception of 5 or 6) have a star quality player. Julius Randle is NOT that for us and RJ isn't quite there yet, he needs some seasoning but he could absolutely be a difference maker as he gets more exposure.


I hope I am wrong with my record projection and the Knicks do surprise us and pick up some more quality wins and trend upward but I will absolutely look to do a post mortem around the All Star break to see where we stand and how these projections stacked up to the actual record after the 37 games.


Let me know what you think.

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