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It may look like P. Diddy's White Party, but it's no picnic playing in Miami.
On March 31, the Knicks will take on Boston at MSG in the 72nd game of the season. This is known as crunch time. Their place in the division and their playoff seeding will be at stake. And it doesn't get easier after this contest.
After a travel day, they head down to Miami and then play in Atlanta the next evening. They'll return to New York to play the Bucks, whom they battled for a playoff berth last season. And after a travel day, the Knicks will be down in OKC to take on the fearsome Thunder.
After this, only six games will remain, including contests against Washington, Cleveland and Charlotte. That should guarantee at least a split, as they face Chicago, Indiana and Atlanta too.
They'll have to go out there and take care of their games, but analysts and prognosticators will be watching all the other teams and playing the "who would you rather" game as playoff seeding becomes clear.
Good play in these six stretches should guarantee the Knicks a cushy spot as the No. 2 or 3 seed. Then all they have to do is win a playoff series for the first time since 2000.
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