Biggest Remaining Tests to Prove NY Knicks Among NBA's Elite

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Biggest Remaining Tests to Prove NY Knicks Among NBA's Elite
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The New York Knicks’ reputation has taken on some tarnish lately. This isn’t the elite NBA squad of the first half.

They just dropped five of six, looking worse than that in the process. The Indiana Pacers zipped past them in the standings, and the Miami Heat are pulling away. Even in wins, New York has been far from dominant, a necessary characteristic of elite teams.

But the Knicks may be on the road back. They’ve run off two in a row, including a nice win against the Golden State Warriors.

Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler are peaking statistically. The team’s other big man, Amar’e Stoudemire, is popping about 22 points per 36 minutes.

Most of the Knicks’ recent issues surround the inconsistent play of the team’s other players.

The season is far from over, though, and there is plenty of time for New York to steal that second seed back from Indiana and head into the playoffs feared (which, now, they are not).

But pass these remaining tests, and New York will be considered one of the NBA’s elite postseason contenders.

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