Several things must fall into place for the New York Knicks to find playoff success this season. They have a deep, experienced squad and a superstar in Carmelo Anthony, but Mike Woodson's team does not possess the talent to simply overwhelm opponents.
The Knicks must return to the attributes that made them so successful early in the season: pressure defense, crisp ball and player movement and excellent spacing. They need to play with a chip on their shoulder and compete every night in order to secure a favorable seed heading into the postseason.
Key players like J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton must pick up their games. New York needs Iman Shumpert to return to his rookie form and for big men Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace to work their way back from injury. The Knicks are an older team, and health will play a key role in the playoffs.