Tuesday , Dec , 23 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Mike D’Antoni: Knicks Have a Good Shot at Playoffs

The record indicates that the Knicks are on a pace for another 33-win season, a modest total they’ve reached in two of the past four campaigns. But with one-third of the season complete, Mike D’Antoni believes that the Knicks are better than their 11-16 record and that they’ll get better results over the next four months.

Not even an ugly loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday could curb D’Antoni’s optimism. While the defending NBA champs are a lock to make the playoffs, the Knicks, according to D’Antoni, have the next six weeks to demonstrate that they also can qualify for the first time in five years.

"The schedule is kinda in our favor," D’Antoni said. "Now we have to make up some ground. And if we do that, we’ll have a good shot. This next month and a half is going to be a telling point."