New York Knicks Remain in Playoff Hunt After Win over Timberwolves

Matt SchneidmanContributor IIIMarch 5, 2014

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Who said Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony didn't want any of the New York Knicks? Actually, many people did. But after the Knicks' 118-106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, do I dare say this is the start of the Knicks' push at a playoff berth?

Anthony was his usual self, logging 33 points, five rebounds and five assists.

However, the surprise came from the rest of the team, as five others actually scored in double figures.

Raymond "overweight" Felton actually had 18 points and eight assists, Amare "no effort" Stoudemire actually had 18 points and eight rebounds and Tyson "get me out of here" Chandler actually had 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Cue a Spike Lee and Stephen A. Smith chest bump.

Oh, and getting lost in all the chaos is J.R. Smith only taking 11 shots—and making six of them!

A Skip Bayless parody account had to sarcastically chime in:

The Knicks' performance was so unbelievably shocking that even SportsCenter tweeted about it:

And you know people are overconfident in the Knicks camp when Chandler says Kevin Love can't play defense.

But actually, New York is only six games out of the No. 8 spot with 20 games to go. It's been done before. And it can be done again.

When a team shoots 12-of-24 in the first quarter, including 4-of-6 from three, it puts itself in great position to win. What's even better is that when the Knicks relinquished that big lead, allowing the Timberwolves to get within two by the start of the fourth quarter, they pulled away again.

New York finished off the game with a 12-of-20 mark from the field in the final quarter, including two three-pointers.

Nine of the next 10 opponents for the Knicks are well below .500, so this stretch will test if the lowly can climb back into a pathetic Eastern Conference playoff race against the lowlier. 

Even though Anthony is going to be the odds-on leading scorer every game, contributions like those put forth tonight are a great sign for a Knicks team down to its last life.

The March 19 planned protest of James Dolan may still go on, and the team may still continue to pursue a new head coach, but for the immediate future, everything is going swimmingly in the City. Or not:

Anyway, can the "fighting Woodsons" do it? Can they go on an unexpected tear and gain momentum ahead of a possible matchup with the Indiana Pacers or Miami Heat in the first round?

Not many think so, but I do.