New York Knicks: Why They Won't Get Past the Second Round in the Playoffs

Sean StrathyContributor IMarch 15, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08:  Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks drives past Luol Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden on April 8, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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With 10 games left in the regular season and coming off a huge, motivational and emotional win on Easter Sunday, it's easy to get hyped up about the Knicks and their postseason possibilities.

Carmelo Anthony played the way Knicks fans had hoped he would since they brought him here, Tyson Chandler continues to dominate down low defensively, and Iman Shumpert helped contain Derrick Rose in Rose's first game back from his groin injury. After a big win, fans should feel good.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves; the Knicks won't get past the second round of the playoffs.

In the remaining 10 games of the Knicks' season, five of the teams have a better record than the Knicks (Chicago, Miami, Boston, Atlanta, LA Clippers). Of the remaining five, only one team is a possible playoff contender (Milwaukee). If you expect the Knicks to beat all five of the teams with a worse record and maybe pull off a win against Atlanta and the Clippers, then the Knicks will most likely finish out the season holding onto the seventh seed. 

That most likely means the Knicks will face off against Miami Heat's Big 3.

The Knicks might be able to pull off a couple of victories, but let's be realistic: Unless Amar'e Stoudemire can make it back from his back injury and seamlessly integrate himself with the team, they can't get past LeBron James. Just hope that they don't get swept.

The other way it could go is that the Knicks fall back to the eighth seed, something that would help them maybe get to the second round. As an eighth seed, they would face Derrick Rose and the Bulls in the opening round.

They proved Easter Sunday that they could beat the Bulls in a playoff style, overtime game without Amar'e Stoudemire or Jeremy Lin. Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah couldn't match Chandler. Richard Hamilton, or anyone else they put on Melo, couldn't stop him from winning the game offensively. So, if the Knicks can match up the way they did yesterday, they might move on to Round 2.

But then they would most likely be matching up again with Miami. And I don't think they have the talent to get out of South Beach.