Mike Woodson Tells Knicks 'You Still Have a Shot at It'

Matthew SchmidtFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2014

Mike Woodson still believes...or does he?
Mike Woodson still believes...or does he?Frank Franklin II/Associated Press

The New York Knicks lost their fifth straight game on Friday night, getting whipped by Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, 126-103.

It was the Knicks' second 20-point loss in as many nights, with New York losing 108-82 to the Miami Heat on Thursday evening.

Still, despite the fact that New York has absolutely fallen apart and is currently seven games back in the loss column of a playoff spot, head coach Mike Woodson remains optimistic. Or, at least he says so.

Is Woodson in denial? Probably not. He likely knows that the chances of the Knicks making the playoffs are very, very slim, and he is probably only saying that to show some confidence in his guys, but the fact that it has come to this for New York is what's disturbing about all of this.

This is a Knicks team that won 54 games a year ago, making it to the second round of the postseason for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign in the process.

With offseason additions like Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih, you figured that New York would at least be a solid Eastern Conference ballclub that could potentially make some noise if everything fell into place.

Well, nothing fell into place.

Neither World Peace nor Udrih are even on the Knicks anymore, and injuries and flat-out poor performances across the board have doomed this team to laughingstock status.

New York has already lost 10 more contests than it lost in all of 2012-13, and in order for Woodson's group to even finish .500, it would have to go 20-3 over its final 23 games.

Doesn't seem very probable, does it?

You really have to feel for Carmelo Anthony, who has been playing his heart out this season. With each passing loss, you're left to wonder more and more about the chances of him signing back with New York this summer.

As for Woodson, you kind of have to sympathize with him, too. After all, he didn't put this roster together, and it's not his fault that so many of his players have spent time on the injured list.

What a nightmare.