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Knicks Playoff Hopes Are Out The Window After 97-89 Loss Against The Celtics

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The New York Knicks playoff hopes are out the window after a disappointing 97-89 loss against the Boston Celtics.

“We should not view it as if we’re chasing someone else,” head coach Derek Fisher said according to the New York Post. “We have to play these games focused on the things we need to do. With 30 or however many games that are left, you can’t start counting every win or loss in terms of this playoff thing.”

Things are falling into place on what the Knicks are in the eastern conference. After Arron Afflalo said the Knicks are a playoff team, things weren’t the same. The pressure is coming down on not just rookie phenomenal Kristaps Porzingis, but the young players. Carmelo Anthony, Robin Lopez and Afflalo aren’t getting any younger.

Fisher is being honest with where the team is now. They compete against a tough/physical Celtics team. Melo had a flagrant foul on Jae Crowder. They pushed Porzingis out of the paint and exposed Langston Galloway at the point guard position. Celtics’ Isiah Thomas got to the basket at will, penetrating for easy baskets to his teammates. The Knicks overall are losing confidence in themselves. Melo can do so much as score points, rebound and get assists. He saying all the right things on making sure the morale is positive, not negative around the locker room. But at some point they need to focus on the process, not the results according to Fisher.

“Focusing on the process is more important than the result,” Fisher said. “I think in recent weeks as the noise has picked up about what we might be able to do three or four months from now, we’ve had some slippage in terms of focusing on just one day at a time. It happens as you’re growing and developing. Sometimes success is just as hard to manage as not having success.”

Knicks need to focus one day at a time on improving as a team. Whether they make the playoffs or not, development and continuity is worth it for the future of this franchise, prone to making big mistakes in the past.

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