The Knicks are chasing the Orlando Magic for the sixth seed and are trailing Orlando by only two games. Both teams have two games left to play this season, the Knicks have the Clippers tonight and the Bobcats on Thursday.
As for the Magic, it has the Bobcats tonight and will conclude its regular season against the Grizzlies. However, the squad will be extremely shorthanded due to injury, headlined by the absence of Dwight Howard.
“We want to move up,” Amar’e Stoudemire said after Wednesday’s practice [ESPN.com]. “We want to try to see if we can move up. Obviously we want to have the best position as possible. It’s based on a few other teams on what happens, so the only thing we can do is control our games and see if we can win tonight.”
The Knicks will need help from the Bobcats tonight if they want to keep the sixth seed still a possibility. The Bobcats have won seven games this season and need one more victory to avoid being the worst team in NBA history based on winning percentage.
If the Knicks leap over the Magic, they would play the Indiana Pacers, a better first round opponent than the potent Miami Heat. However, even if the Knicks end up staying where they are, Stoudemire still believes his squad can make a deep playoff push.
“Absolutely,” Stoudemire said about the possibility of the Knicks going far into the post-season.