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Eastern Conference playoff races
The Eastern Conference is, uh, not so great this season. So it's only appropriate that the two biggest races -- for the first and last playoff spots -- don't exactly feature scintillating play. This all came into focus Sunday, when the first-place Miami Heat beat, but not terribly convincingly, the struggling, ninth-place New York Knicks. Not to be outdone, the Indiana Pacers were outscored 55-23 in the first half ... at home ... in a 107-88 loss to the No. 8 Atlanta Hawks. Yikes. What's your take on the East going forward?
Will Knicks make the playoffs?
Long considered a lock to miss the playoffs, the New York Knicks are tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference after their 110-81 hammering of the crosstown-rival Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. The postseason is no given, though; the Hollinger playoff odds say they've got only a 14.2 percent chance of getting in (their schedule is much harder than that of fellow eighth-placer Atlanta, and the Hawks also currently own the tiebreaker). Will Phil Jackson's new crew pull it off? What would that mean for its future?
Phil Jackson to the Knicks
Phil Jackson has been officially introduced as Knicks president, saying that he takes the job of bringing a title to New York seriously. Jackson's hiring has made waves around the NBA. Carmelo Anthony says he's willing to reassess the way he plays if Jackson wants him to; Jackson himself said there's "no doubt" Anthony is part of the Knicks' future. Michael Jordan, meanwhile, believes Jackson can turn the long-sputtering franchise around. For fans of a team that hasn't won a championship in more than 40 years, getting the best NBA coach of all time is cause for celebration. But will it result in more rejoicing?
Are Knicks playoff-bound?
Perhaps that 62-point outburst for Carmelo Anthony was a catalyst after all. Including the New York Knicks star's Madison Square Garden-record night, the team has won four straight games -- three of them by at least 26 points. The latest: A 117-86 thumping of the supposed-playoff-spot-rival Cleveland Cavaliers. The Knicks hardly have an inspiring record; they're still 19-27 heading into Saturday's home game against the Miami Heat. Still, they're just a half game out of the last Eastern Conference playoff spot ...
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Where will Melo go?
Carmelo Anthony could become a free agent after the 2013-14 season, and leaving the New York Knicks -- who are a mere 17-27, even after beating the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday -- might not seem like a bad plan. But will it happen? Kobe Bryant on Sunday said he isn't going to actively recruit the man who broke his Madison Square Garden scoring record with 62 points on Friday night. And Anthony's wife, La La, said Melo "definitely" will stay with the Knicks. What do you think will happen?