Facing an intriguing debate: progress vs. playoffs

It is absolutely delightful to play this kind of game every time again, to welcome a team like these Sacramento Kings to your home, in many ways they are like the perfect homecoming game. They are fun to watch, featuring a lot of sizzling young artists.

And they cannot guard a stop sign.

This is a team that will never be confused for Paul Westhead’s old Loyola Marymount teams, scoring 140 points in a single basketball game, as the Knicks did from a satisfied gathering of just 2,000 fans at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night Did before.

At a time when Defense-Whisper coach Tom Thibodo looked like he could black out 121 as he surrendered to the Nucks, only the coaches really made up for such a game. As long as the home team finishes to the left of the hyphen, customers will be happy. And the Knicks, for the third time in the last 10 days, have crawled within a game of 500.

“We’re getting there,” Thibodo said.

At 16-17, the Knicks are slowly moving towards the halfway mark of the season, three games out of 36, so we’ve officially reached a point where we might be surprised, data and information With and 33 pieces of testimony, absolutely must be our iterated standard for this season.

Is it still okay to pay special attention to the process?

Is it okay to pay attention to the possibility of a playoff?

Taj Gibson (L.) and Julius Randle celebrated during the victory over the Kings on Thursday night.

“I would say equally important,” Thibodo said 90 minutes before the game. “I don’t want us to get lost and get too far ahead. I just want you to focus on what’s in front of us. I think you start the season [playoffs] Keep in mind and everything you need to do.

“You want to constantly build those habits. It is important to practice well, knowing your opponent well. If you start to get away from it and start looking too far down the road, when you collide and fall. “

Fair enough Nevertheless, the victory has far outpaced the winning habit in Thibodo’s first year compared to those with realistic thinking. He remembered, Virtual Vegas was unanimously given the over / under number of 22.5 wins. They are ahead at that pace. They are, in fact, the square in the middle of an Eastern Conference, which is, at present, divided into three different castes:

The clear cut elite: Sixers, Nets and (despite some shoddy playing recently) Bucks.

Teams that scramble but insist logic and common sense will correct themselves and make a comfortable push toward the top five: the Celtics and Heat.

Scramble to slot 6 through 10.

And this is where this Nax season gets horribly tricky, as on Friday morning they are tied with the Raptors for fifth place, which is certainly a seven-team nod to the final five playoff spots in the East There will be a rock fight. Right now the Nicks, Pacers, Raptors, Bulls, Hornets, Hawks and Magic are all within three damage of each other. Five of those seven will be found (assuming Washington’s recent change is not permanent; if you do, it’s five out of eight).

All those teams have faults and flaws, the way the Knicks do. Neither of those teams has any good chance of making any kind of noise in the playoffs. And so everyone must be asking themselves the same thing:

Playoff process?

Playoff on process?


Both are ideal. But is both realistic?

Thibodo said before the game, “Just think about what it takes to win each day and build the right habits”.

“We’re getting there,” he would say after two times.

Where exactly? Saturdays arrive at the Packers’ Garden, and suddenly there are very tricky things to play. One more crack. 500. A chance to defeat a team in that crowded pile of contenders and contenders waiting to be sent to one side or the other for the next few months.

And, of course: working on this process, which means tracking the prize, which means not getting too far ahead of ourselves. Still present in dreams of fever with palpitations. Maybe they can cohabit after all.

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