That’s something that most Knicks fans probably don’t want to hear right now, but without any solid indication otherwise, it is a realistic possibility.
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Monday night. 10 p.m. Eastern. Memphis Grizzlies. Phoenix Suns. Only one of them can make the playoffs. The Grizzlies will be coming off a game the previous night against the Lakers. If they win that game, they’re a game up on the Suns. If they lose, the two teams are tied. Phoenix has to be praying the Lakers get the win, because they’ve lost all three games against the Grizzlies this season, and they need to claim the eighth spot outright.
If Memphis wins tomorrow night and again Monday, they’re in. If they lose both, they need to beat Dallas on Wednesday. So it has to be said that while the clock hasn’t struck midnight on the Cinderella Suns, it’s 11:58.
Regardless, they’ve won 47 games with a lineup full of players only the most diehard fan could have named at the beginning of the season. In an era where NBA coaches are more expendable than ever, Jeff Hornacek is proving that the right guy can make a huge difference.
Now let’s get to the latest from around the NBA:
Is this the ideal scenario for Brooklyn? As they say in the borough, “Fuhgeddaboudit!”
It’s been a frigid winter in Brooklyn, and a trip to the “Windy City” could dampen any hopes of the Nets springing ahead to the next round.
Joakim Noah is a quiet warrior.
The 6-foot-11 Chicago Bulls center has become the team’s best healthy player and even one of the NBA’s best players and he did it completely under the radar.
Noah jumped into a leadership role when Derrick Rose tore his meniscus in November. The Bulls have won 21 of 29 games since Jan. 1, an East best. Chicago even managed to keep winning after losing Luol Deng via trade two months ago.
On Sunday the Bulls hosted the struggling New York Knicks and Noah put on a show. He had a career-high 14 assists to go with 13 points and 12 rebounds. With his stellar playmaking, he became the first center to post at least 14 assists since 1986. Chicago got the win, effortlessly, the final score was 109-90.
Minnesota Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love had high praise for Noah’s passing.
Joakim Noah can really pass that thing…crazy respect for his game
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) March 2, 2014
K-Love isn’t too bad himself, and it’s not everyday he delivers such high praise.
Noah has averaged 12 points and 11.5 rebounds per game this season.
The Bulls are making a push for home advantage in the playoffs and they shouldn’t be ignored. They’re currently tied for third place with Toronto in the Eastern Conference.
Rose isn’t returning in the regular season, but maybe that’s OK. If Chicago keeps getting this type of production from Noah, the Bulls may be able to ride the wave to home-court advantage. Rose might be back for the playoffs, if not, the Bulls have made noise without him before.
For now, give the keys to Noah and let him do the driving.
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If you were hoping for a blockbuster, “Woj Bomb” type of trade on Thursday, you were out of luck.
The trade deadline came and went on Thursday without any real stars packing their bags, but plenty of teams made relevant moves throughout the day to bolster their franchises in some way.
Our Chris Sheridan has the trade analysis of all the deals, but you can find more on everything that went down and everything else that fell through below.