First off, let’s check out what is going on at the mecca of basketball, where the New York Knicks are now 5-0 since head coach Mike D’Antoni stepped down. The fifth win, check out a highlight dunk from Lin to Stoudemire at Fansided’s Bucket over Broadway, was against division leading Philly, as NY won 82 to 79. With that W the Knickerbockers, which are now 23-24, are now the third team in the Atlantic Division, three games behind the Philadelphia 76’ers and just two game behind the Boston Celtics. The Knicks are also the 8th team in the Eastern Conference’s post season race, just behind the Celtics and ahead of the Bucks.
While one team in the New York metro area is moving up, the other, known as the New Jersey Nets, keeps going down, having lost four in a row, the last one against the Wizards, which has a record of 11-24, by the final of 108 to 89. The Nets are right now 15-33, last in the Atlantic and 8.5 games out of the playoff chase in the East, and there is not much that shows this team can turn it around.
And finally, from March Madness, it’s the East Region top seed Syracuse Orange, which after earning their second round win last weekend are now in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen and on Thursday are about to take on the No. 4 seed Wisconsin Badgers in Boston, with tip off being at 7:15 p.m. EST, televised by CBS. The Vegas odds makers have the Orange between a 3.5 and 4 points favorite in this one. After the first weekend, where SU played a so-so game against UNC-Asheville and a good one against Kansas State, this is definitely going to be the biggest challenge for the Orange.