With over a third of the season already completed, the New York Knicks find themselves with a 11-15 record, leaving them half a game behind the last spot in the playoffs.
The month of February will be a very crucial stretch for the Knicks, but it won’t be easy since Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire both will be out for a portion of the time.
Anthony will reportedly be out at least one to two weeks with a groin injury he suffered in the game against Utah on Monday. Stoudemire is still grieving the loss of his brother from a tragic car accident and isn’t expected to return to the Knicks until Monday.
In order to overcome this and still have a successful month, the Knicks are going to need Tyson Chandler to step up and be a dominant presence on offense; Jeremy Lin needs to continue his amazing ball-handling and distribution as starting PG; and one or two of the wingmen—Landry Fields, Iman Shumpert or Toney Douglas—are going to need to go on a hot streak from behind the arc.
If everyone does their respective job and the Knicks play as a team, they will be able to overcome the loss of their two stars. Here are my predictions for the next 10 games for the Knicks.