The New York Knicks are back to winning ways. The Garden is rocking again and the city is more excited about basketball than it has been in a long time.
Led by the stellar play of Amar'e Stoudemire, the Knicks are playing an exciting brand of basketball and are the highest scoring team in the league (albeit they're also the third-worst defensive team in the league).
With this recent resurgence, there are some who believe that the Knicks could challenge for a Finals appearance in the next year or two.
Even if New York acquires Carmelo Anthony before the trade deadline, they still won't be ready to compete for a championship.
With that said, here are five reasons that the Knicks are a frisky playoff team at the moment, rather than an elite team.