The New York Knicks' recent success could be driving them into the 2012 NBA playoffs.
Thanks in part to a Philadelphia 76ers' skid, the Knicks are tied for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with Philadelphia, 1.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Knicks are surging at the right time despite serious injuries to Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin, but still have several games left against playoff teams.
The full 2012 NBA standings follow:
|New York Knicks||56||29-27||.518|
|New Jersey Nets||58||21-37||.362|
If New York gets really hot and the Boston Celtics cool off due to a difficult final-month schedule, it's possible for New York to catch Boston in the Atlantic Division, which would give the Knicks the East's fourth seed. The Knicks are currently three games behind Boston.