With about three quarters of the NBA season in the books, the playoffs are creeping up on us. The new-look Knickerbockers are finally starting to gel after an impressive road victory in Atlanta, followed by a dominant performance in front of the home crowd versus the Jazz.
New York still sits in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, a half game ahead of the surging 76ers and just three back of Atlanta after their loss to the Lakers tonight. Playoffs are a virtual guarantee for Mike D'Antoni and company, something Knicks faithful haven't had the luxury of looking forward to in quite some time.
However, although it is easy to get excited when you see Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire sharing the court together, this team is still a work in progress and needs to improve in certain areas in order to make an impact in the postseason this year.
I can guarantee no team wants to see the Knicks in the first round, or any round for that matter. New York has a scoring tandem that could take over any series, and they will continue to get better as the season goes on. There are some players however, that D'Antoni's boys would have particular trouble matching up with, given they encountered them in a playoff series.
Here are 10 player matchups that could spell danger for the Knickerbockers come time for the postseason.
Note: I based this article off the current playoff positions, assuming the Knicks would not see the bottom two teams (Pacers and 76ers) at all in the playoffs.