NBA Standings 2012: Knicks Still Not A Playoff Lock

The New York Knicks are still no guaranteed a spot in the NBA playoffs. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The Knicks and Bucks meet Monday night in a critical game in the Eastern Conference playoff picture

The New York Knicks are rolling merrily along during the Mike Woodson era. Saturday's victory over the Detroit Pistons made six victories in seven games since Woodson replaced Mike D'Antoni as Knicks' head coach.

All might seem well in the Knicks' world. Reality is, though, that the Knicks remain a sub-.500 team (24-25) and while they do hold the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot, the Milwaukee Bucks are right on their heels. Milwaukee (22-26) is just 1.5 games behind, and the Bucks are playing well. Milwaukee has won seven of its last 10, so the Knicks cannot afford to slip up.


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The Knicks have 17 games remaining, the first of which will be Monday night at Madison Square Garden against those Bucks. That game will go a long way toward determining if the Knicks will be in a playoff fight down to the wire, or if they will have some breathing room.

With the rise of Linsanity, D'Antoni leaving and the wild streaks the Knicks have experienced this season has been a crazy ride for New York. The fun, though, might just be beginning.


Eastern Standings

GP W-L PCT
Chicago Bulls 50 40-10 .800
Miami Heat 46 35-11 .761
Orlando Magic 49 31-18 .633
Philadelphia 76ers 48 27-21 .563
Indiana Pacers 47 28-19 .596
Atlanta Hawks 49 29-20 .592
Boston Celtics 47 25-22 .532
New York Knicks 49 24-25 .490
Milwaukee Bucks 48 22-26 .458
Cleveland Cavaliers 45 17-28 .378
Detroit Pistons 48 16-32 .333
Toronto Raptors 49 16-33 .327
New Jersey Nets 50 16-34 .320
Washington Wizards 47 11-36 .234
Charlotte Bobcats 46 7-39 .152

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