Apr 11 2012
Here are the standings in the Eastern Conference:
As you can see, the New York Knicks are just 1 game ahead of the 9th place Milwaukee Bucks. If the Knicks lose to the Bucks tonight, the teams will be tied for 8th place in the Eastern conference. This is a huge game for the Knicks. There is no other way to say it. However, I do have a problem with something that Tyson Chandler said.
“It’s a must-win for us,” Tyson Chandler said. “We have to approach this as if it’s a Game Seven playoff game in all honesty.” via ESPN New York
Obviously this is a huge game, but a must win? The term “must win” implies that the Knicks season will be over if they do not win this game. This is not a “must win” game, because the Knicks have 9 incredibly important games after this. I do not believe that any good comes from over-dramatizing the importance of a game. The Knicks should feel the pressure to win, but there is a potential for a breakdown if too much pressure is felt. I don’t like Chandler saying this is a must win, because there is a chance the Knicks may lose this game. If they are to lose, the season is not over. There are 9 games after this! If they are to lose, the Knicks cannot go into a hole and tank the rest of the year. Whether they win or lose this game, the Knicks have to take care of business the remaining 9 games. This is not a must win folks, but it is a huge game.
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